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The Use of Force in United Nations Peace-keeping Operations

Sheeran, SP (2015) 'The Use of Force in United Nations Peace-keeping Operations.' In: Weller, M, (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law. Oxford Handbooks . Oxford University Press, 347 - 374. ISBN 9780199673049

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the nature, scope, and legitimacy of the use of force by UN peacekeeping operations within the framework of international law. Before clarifying the legal authority of UN peacekeepers to use force, it considers the historical and conceptual foundations and development of the use of force in UN peacekeeping. It then outlines the normative framework for use of force, including the categorization and legal bases for use of force under international law, and its relation to the jus ad bellum. The chapter also discusses the ‘basic principles’ of UN peacekeeping, namely consent of the main parties to the conflict, impartiality, and non-use of force except in self-defence, along with the goals of protecting civilians and responding to violations of international human rights law. Finally, it analyses the operational and practical challenges that arise due to the legal problems resulting from the use of force by UN peacekeepers.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: use of force, United Nations, peacekeeping operations, international law, jus ad bellum, consent, impartiality, self-defence, civilians, human rights law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2013 09:16
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2017 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7431

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