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Jus Ad Bellum – History And Evolution

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In order to address the central issue of this work, i.e. the regulation of the use of force in wars of national liberation, some investigation into the history and evolution of the regulation of the use of force in general is required. The regulation of the use of force under international law has two forms, i.e. limitation on the recourse to the use of force, the jus ad bellum, and constraint on the conduct of hostilities, the jus in bello. This chapter focuses particularly on the evolution of the jus ad bellum, specifically the 'Just War' theory, as this is the theory that has been used to justify wars of national liberation, and also on the authority of national liberation movements to resort to the use of force, as this has been, and continues to be, a controversial topic.

Keywords: jus ad bellum; national liberation



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