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The United Nations Security Council and the Enduring Challenge of the Use of Force in Inter-state Relations
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Stockholm University, Center for Pacific Asia Studies (CPAS).
2009 (English)In: Rule of Law Promotion: Global Perspectives, Local Applications / [ed] Per Bergling, Jenny Ederlöf and Veronica L. Taylor, Umeå: Iustus , 2009, 91-109 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The United Nations Security Council has, since the end of the Cold War, become a markedly more active player on the international stage. The number of resolutions adopted – in particular those adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations – the number of peacekeeping missions, and the use of mandatory sanctions have all increased considerably. The Council has also broadened its view of security, and adopted several resolutions that deal with thematic issues rather than with specific conflicts. In this study, we raise the question of whether this increased activity has been accompanied by a corresponding increase in the effectiveness of the Council. To answer this we analyse how the Council has developed its reaction to the use of force in inter-state relations. Under the United Nations Charter, prohibition of the use of force, other than in self-defence, is one of the most fundamental rules, and responsibility for upholding it rests with the Security Council. We conclude that despite the increased level of activity on the part of the Council since the end of the Cold War, its ability to react consistently and authoritatively to violations of the prohibition of the use of force has not been strengthened.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Iustus , 2009. 91-109 p.
Skrifter från Juridiska institutionen vid Umeå universitet, ISSN 1404-9198 ; 21
Keyword [en]
United Nations, Security Council, Use of Force, Intervention
National Category
Law and Society
Research subject
Peace and Conflict Research; International Law; statskunskap
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30320ISBN: 978-91-7678-713-7OAI: diva2:281587
Available from: 2009-12-16 Created: 2009-12-16 Last updated: 2009-12-17

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