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Iraq and the Use of Force in International Law

Marc Weller


The prohibition of the use of force is one of the most crucial elements of the international legal order. Our understanding of that rule was both advanced and challenged during the period commencing with the termination of the Iran–Iraq war and the invasion of Kuwait, and concluding with the invasion and occupation of Iraq. The initial phase was characterized by hopes for a functioning collective security system administered by the United Nations as part of a New World Order. The liberation of Kuwait, in particular, was seen by some as a powerful vindication of the prohibition of the use of fo ... More

Keywords: use of force, Iran–Iraq war, Kuwait, New World Order, UN Charter, Kosovo, weapons of mass destruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199595303
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199595303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Weller, author
Reader in International Law and International Relations in the University of Cambridge; Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and of Hughes Hall
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