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The Security Council’s Authorization of Enforcement Action by Regional Organizations

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The author analyzes the relationship between regional organizations and the Security Council as laid down in the Charter. Article 53 widens the ways in which enforcement measures may be implemented, as it enables the Security Council to utilize regional arrangements or agencies; moreover, it recognizes that such arrangements and agencies may even play an autonomous role, thereby posing an exception to the general prohibition of the threat or use of force (Article 2 para. 4), but always ensuring full control over the situation by the Security Council through its authorization.


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