The Place of Law in Collective Security: Reflections on the Recent Activity of the Security Council

  • Martti Koskenniemi


It may seem anachronistic to suggest that law might have something to do with the high politics of international security. The interwar period has, of course, been credited precisely with a mistaken reliance on such an idea. Confidence in the League of Nation’s ablity to deter aggression did not only, we are told by the realists of the postwar order, prove to be academically flawed, it was positively harmful in directing attention away from the need to prepare for the inevitable aggression when it came.


Security Council Rule Application International Security International Peace Collective Security 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998

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