’Armed Attack’ and Article 51 of the UN Charter: Evolutions by Tom Ruys

By Tom Ruys

This publication examines to what volume the proper of self-defence, as laid down in Article fifty one of the constitution of the United countries, allows States to release army operations opposed to different States. specifically, it makes a speciality of the prevalence of an 'armed assault' - the the most important set off for the activation of this correct. In mild of the advancements considering Sept. 11, the writer analyses proper actual and verbal prevalent perform, starting from the 1974 Definition of Aggression to fresh incidents akin to the 2001 US intervention in Afghanistan and the 2006 Israeli intervention in Lebanon. The inspiration of 'armed assault' is tested from a threefold viewpoint. What acts could be considered as an 'armed attack'? while can an 'armed assault' be thought of to happen? And from whom needs to an 'armed assault' emanate? in terms of end, the several findings are introduced jointly in a draft 'Definition of Armed Attack'.

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Sur, Droit international public, 6th edn (Paris: Montchrestien, 2004), p. 72; Wolfke, Custom, p. 115; K. Wolfke, ‘Some persistent controversies regarding customary international law’, (1993) 24 NYBIL 1–16, at 11. In a similar vein: G. Abi-Saab, ‘Cours ge´ne´ral de droit international public’, (1987-III) 207 RdC 9–463, at 370; T. ’, in K. Bannelier, T. Christakis, O. Corten and P. ), L’intervention en Irak et le droit international (Paris: Pedone, 2004), pp. 9–45, at 19, footnote 11; O. Corten, Le droit contre la guerre; l’interdiction du recours à la force en droit international contemporain (Paris: Pedone, 2008), p.

L’intervention en Irak et le droit international (Paris: Pedone, 2004), pp. 9–45, at 19, footnote 11; O. Corten, Le droit contre la guerre; l’interdiction du recours à la force en droit international contemporain (Paris: Pedone, 2008), p. 623. , L. Ferrari Bravo, ‘Me´thodes de recherche de la coutume internationale dans la pratique des Etats’, (1985-III) 192 RdC 233–330, at 275–6; M. E. Villiger, Customary international law and treaties: a manual on the theory and practice of the interrelation of sources, 2nd edn (The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 1997), p.

1 2 ‘armed attack’ and article 51 of the un charter of international lawyers consistently stuck to an extensive interpretation of the prohibition on the use of force along with a more or less restrictive reading of self-defence. More importantly, save rare exceptions, States refrained from eroding the scope of Article 51 UN Charter by asserting new or contested applications of the right of self-defence. 2 When, in spite thereof, controversial legal questions surfaced, States generally circumvented these conundrums, instead focusing on the necessity and proportionality of the interventions under consideration.

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