International Law on Peacekeeping: A Study of Article 40 of the UN Charter

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BRILL, 2009 - Law - 322 pages
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It is generally considered that the UN Security Council has been galvanised since the end of the Cold War. However, the existence and development of armed conflicts remain the reality in the international scene. Is the upsurge in instances of invoking Chapter VII of the UN Charter truly a sign of the invigoration of the Security Councila (TM)s authority or mere evidence of its failure to prevent the aggravation of armed conflicts? To what extent is the Security Council authorised to exercise the peacekeeping power in order to take a more flexible approach to conflict management from an earlier stage of conflict? This book explores the potential of the UN peacekeeping power, placing Article 40 of the UN Charter at the centre of the legal regime governing peacekeeping measures. It traces the origins of peacekeeping measures primarily in the experience of the League of Nations and identifies Article 40 of the Charter as the primary legal basis for, and the legal restraints upon, the exercise of the peacekeeping power. It examines the regulatory framework within which the United Nations, particularly the Security Council, is authorised and may even be required to direct peacekeeping measures to prevent the aggravation of armed conflicts. It suggests that the legal accountability of the Security Council in directing peacekeeping measures will be enhanced by utilising procedural mechanisms for self-regulation

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Chapter 1 Peacekeeping in Perspective
Chapter 2 Origins of Peacekeeping
Chapter 3 Peacekeeping as Provisional Measure
Chapter 4 Legal Force and Eff ects of Peacekeeping Measures
Chapter 5 Impartiality of Peacekeeping Measures
Chapter 6 Enforcement of Peacekeeping Measures
Chapter 7 Regulatory Framework for Peacekeeping
Chapter 8 Regulatory Control of Peacekeeping

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Hitoshi Nasu is a lecturer in law at the ANU College of Law, The Australian National University. He received his Ph.D. in International Law from the Faculty of Law, The University of Sydney.

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