Legality of the Use of Military Force

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Legality of the Use of Military Force
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Introduction Today in the 21st century as more and more states find themselves in conflicts or in a position where the use of military force is a viable option it is important to discuss the legality of the use of military force. This is especially important when taking into account that many of the rules and laws governing this topic were created when wars were fought very differently and opponents in warfare were often better defined than they are today. In most of the world’s conflicts today, a nation may not be engaging into battle against a uniformed militia of a particular state, nor are they engaged in conflict against a ruling government or regime of a state. However many of the laws and rules in place are still relevant and effective even in today’s extremely complex international arena. This topic is one that requires discussion because states need to know when it is legal for them to invade another state and when it is not. Also to outline the consequences of an illegal action in regards to these laws as well as other problems and dilemmas that may arise from this topic. But sometimes situations can call for action immediately. When you must wait on a committee of representatives to vote on the legality of the proposed invasion, you may stand the chance of losing valuable time and effectiveness against enemy combatants.

Legal Background The legal background regarding this topic is vague and confusing in some instances. International law prohibits the use of military force, unless it is being used in a manner of self-defense or as a preemptive maneuver to avoid being attacked by another state. However it must be decided what is considered self-defense or if an action is deemed a preemptive strike, was there and eminent threat serious enough for the use of military force? The…...

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