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Aggression, Definition Of

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This chapter describes public International law norms regarding the prohibition of aggression, and The resolution of the General Assembly concerning the definition of aggression. Only the 4th special committee on the question of defining aggression, established in 1967, was able to draft a generally acceptable definition, which was adopted as General Assembly Resolution 3314 (XXIX) Definition of Aggression on 14 December 1974 in a consensus procedure. The resolution calls upon all states to refrain from all acts of aggression and recommends that the Security Council take account of the definition as guidance in determining the existence of an act of aggression according to Article 39 of the UN Charter. Finally, the chapter describes the definition of aggression in international criminal law.

Keywords: aggression; General Assembly Resolution 3314; international criminal law; public International law norms; Security Council; UN Charter



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