The legal case for war with Iraq
The prohibition of the use of force is a foundational rule of international law. Only two exceptions are permitted: the use of force in self-defence, or with the express authorisation of the UN security council exercising its powers under chapter VII of the UN charter.
The article addresses these questions:
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- Is war illegal without a second UN resolution?
- What about UN resolution 1441?
- Why, then, does the government say there is a legal case for war?
- Did the UN give permission for military action in Kosovo?
- Are there any other precedents for action such as that which is being contemplated over Iraq?
- Could the UK be prosecuted under international law?
- Could Tony Blair follow Slobodan Milosevic into the dock?