War, Aggression and Self-Defence

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 24, 2005 - Law
Yoram Dinstein's seminal textbook is an essential guide to the legal issues of war and peace, armed attack, self-defence and enforcement measures taken under the aegis of the Security Council. This fourth edition incorporates new material on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, response to armed attacks by terrorists, recent resolutions adopted by the Security Council, and the latest pronouncements of the International Court of Justice. In addition, several new sections consider consent by States to the use of force (as expressed either ad hoc or by treaty); an armed attack by non-State actors; the various phases in the Gulf War up to the occupation of Iraq in 2003 and beyond; and immunities from jurisdiction. With many segments being rewritten to reflect recent State practice, this book remains a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to the legal issues surrounding war and self-defence. An indispensable tool for students and practitioners.
 

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Contents

What is war?
3
The course of
30
A historical perspective of the legal status of
63
The contemporary prohibition of the use
83
The criminality of war of aggression
117
Controversial consequences of the change in
151
The concept of selfdefence
175
The modality of individual selfdefence
219
Collective selfdefence
252
The legal limitations of collective selfdefence
267
E The Gulf War and collective selfdefence
273
B The decisionmaking process
289
Conclusion
326
Index of subjects
336
252
337
Copyright

B Selfdefence in response to an armed attack from a State
244

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About the author (2005)

Dr Yoram Dinstein is the Yanowicz Professor of Human Rights at Tel Aviv University.

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