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International law is inherently state-centric. It is created by states to regulate the behaviour of states. This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book which investigates the legal framework which seeks to regulate the use of force in wars of national liberation. It tests the effectiveness of this framework by examining how it should apply in theory and was applied in practice in two situations in which national liberation movements were engaged in an armed conflict to attain self-determination against Indonesia - the South Moluccas and Aceh. Both case studies, the South Moluccas and Aceh, involve wars fought against the Indonesian state in pursuance of the right to self-determination.

Keywords: Aceh; Indonesian state; international law; national liberation movements; South Moluccas



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