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Threats of Force
International Law and Strategy

ISBN 9780415609852
Published November 20, 2012 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

Despite recent attempts by scholars to examine the absolute prohibition of threats of force under Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, threats remain a largely un-chartered area in international law when compared with actual uses of force. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach and utilising strategic literature and international relations theory, this book examines the theoretical nature behind a threat of force, which, helps to inform and explain why and how the normative structure operates in the way that it does. In addition to considering the normative rules regarding threats of force, this book focuses heavily on understanding the theory of threats of force or "threat theory". Drawing on strategic studies for an insight into practical workings of international law, the heart of the book examines whether international law, or indeed the international community, should distinguish between a threat of force which is little more than mere "sabre rattling" and one that is serious enough to send a state to DEFCON 1. Finally, the book considers the point at which a state pursuing nuclear capabilities may breach Article 2(4) with particular reference to both North Korean and Iranian efforts to pursue nuclear technology.

This topical book will be of great interest not only to scholars and postgraduates in international law but also to academics and students in the fields of political science, international relations and strategic studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Historical Analysis  2. International Instruments Post-Charter  3. Judicial Interpretation  4. UN Practice  5. Threat Theory  6. Iran and North Korea  7. An Alternative Means of Prohibiting Threats of Force within Article 2(4)  8. Conclusion

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Francis Grimal lectures in International Law at the University of Buckingham. He is a member of the Committee of the International Law Association’s British Branch on Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation & Contemporary International Law. His research interests include the use of force, nuclear non-proliferation, self-defence, collective security, humanitarian intervention and international humanitarian law and he has published in North American and European International Law Journals.


‘Dr Grimal is to be commended for a thought-provoking and scholarly contribution to the debate’ - Peter Slinn for The Denning Law Journal 2013 Vol 25 pp 263-264