The threat of force in international law

Nikolas Stürchler

Threats of force are a common feature of international politics, advocated by some as an economical guarantee against the outbreak of war and condemned by others as a recipe for war. Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter forbids states to use threats of force, yet the meaning of the prohibition is unclear. This book provides the first comprehensive appraisal of the no-threat principle: its origin, underlying rationale, theoretical implications, relevant jurisprudence, and how it has withstood the test of time from 1945 to the present. Based on a systematic evaluation of state and United Nations practices, the book identifies what constitutes a threat of force and when its use is justified under the United Nations Charter. In so doing, it relates the no-threat principle to important concepts of the twentieth century, such as deterrence, escalation, crisis management, and what has been aptly described as the 'diplomacy of violence'.

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  • 1. Birth and infancy of a Charter rule: the open framework
  • 2. The menu of choice: a guide to interpretation
  • 3. Precedents of the International Court
  • 4. Deciphering post-Charter practice: means and limits
  • 5. Open threats to extract concessions
  • 6. Demonstrations of force
  • 7. Countervailing threats or threats in self-defence
  • 8. Findings and conclusions
  • 9. Epilogue: the law in operation.

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書名 The threat of force in international law
著作者等 Stürchler, Nikolas
Bell John
Crawford James
Sturchler Nikolas
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in international and comparative law
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2007
ページ数 xxi, 358 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780521873888
NCID BA82691483
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス