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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book, which explores how one measures the legitimacy of the application of the principle of security, as well as the legitimacy of the enforcement mechanisms. Human security means protecting vital freedoms. The first part of the book addresses the development of the concept of security within the international legal framework. The second part embarks upon review of the evolution of international humanitarian law. It identifies the normative gaps emerging from the doctrinal war and peace divide, and confounded by the diversification of contemporary threats to international peace and security. The third part confronts conflicting definitions of security within the realm of Ethics and Democracy. In the fourth part, the global challenge of environmental security is addressed. The last part presents contemplations on the divide between security practitioners and academics.

Keywords: enforcement mechanisms; human security; international humanitarian law

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