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This index presents a list of concepts relevan to the discussion on state legitimacy presented in this book State Legitimacy and Failure in International Law. The book examines the background to failing states- the lack of structural competency and legitimacy due to inappropriate institutions- its consequences for the international community and a possible solution. Despite being controversial in international law, a potential answer to state failure and reconstruction is a globally sanctioned trusteeship. Such an arrangement, where the international community would retain shared sovereignty over failed states in a predefined capacity, could be in the best interests of those states (in particular, their citizens). The book reviews the general development of customary international law in addressing state failure in the context of the role of humanitarian intervention, the impact of Security Council resolutions and the responsibility to protect doctrine.

Keywords: humanitarian intervention; international community; international law; security council resolutions; sovereignty; state failure



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