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International Law on the Maintenance of Peace

Jus Contra Bellum

Robert Kolb

This book offers a comprehensive study into the use of force and the maintenance of peace in international relations. Whilst rooted in public international law, it also approaches the question from different angles, including its historical evolution and its sociological environment. The competences and practice of the UN and of regional organizations in the maintenance of peace are examined before the focus is shifted to the inter-State level, the main non-use of force rule and its claimed or recognized exceptions. Robert Kolb analyzes each of these rules separately, before concluding with insightful reflections on the current state-of-play and considerations for the future of this branch of the law.
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Chapter 13: Peaceful change

Robert Kolb


The problem of peaceful change problem is crucial for international peace and has to be handled with great care. At stake here is the elimination of festering issues, of situations which, if they are allowed to persist, end up by increasing international tension. Peaceful change requires an international body with the role of recommending, or even deciding on, the necessary modifications to the legal and political regimes established in the past under different political and environmental circumstances. This chapter looks at the problem of peaceful change from the perspectives of stability versus adaptation, Article 19 of the League of Nations Covenant, and Article 14 of the United Nations Charter.

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