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Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare

John Yoo


Point of Attack argues that the time has come to replace the international rules of war. Current law permits nations to resort to force only in self-defense or under UN authority, which perversely allows mass civilian killings, civil wars, weapons proliferation, and terrorism to run rampant. A new approach should allow the great powers to intervene when a war would benefit global welfare more than the costs.

Keywords: War, preventive war, preemption, use of force, civil war, terrorism, United Nations, international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199347735
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347735.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Yoo, author
University of California at Berkeley School of Law; Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute