Commentary on collective security

David J. Scheffer*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Much of the debate has centered on how to harmonize collective self-defense with collective security. A collective security action taken with the authorization of the Security Council arguably may permit the use of armed force in a manner that exceeds some of the traditional parameters of self-defense actions. The Security Council could make a determination at any time that trade sanctions "would be inadequate" and move on to Article 42 and the use of force. The Charter leaves the issue of operational command open for treatment on a case-by-case basis by the Security Council. However, the armed forces of the Members are unified by being placed at the disposal and under the command and strategic direction of a single body, the Security Council, assisted by a Military Staff Committee. There remains little likelihood that the major powers or even other governments want to cut the umbilical cord to those national forces that would be contributed to the permanent UN force.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLaw and Force in the New International Order
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780429699382
ISBN (Print)0813313570, 9780367004385
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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