The Changing Rules on the Use of Force in International Law covers the main legal issues concerning the use of force by international organisations and states. It assesses the achievements and failures of the United Nations collective security system, and discusses the perspectives ahead. It also deals with the use of force by states in self-defence and on other legal grounds.
Gazzini discusses to what extent the rules on the use of force have evolved since the end of the Cold War in order to meet the needs of the international community. It focuses in particular on the military operations directed against terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The research is developed from the standpoint of the sources of international law. It rejects a static vision of the rules on the use of force, including those enshrined in the UN Charter. Rather, it highlights the interaction between conventional and customary international law and the exposure of both sources to state practice.
The book is aimed at graduate and postgraduate students in International Law, International Organisations and International Relations; as well as practitioner's, international civil servants, diplomats and professionals working in governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Tarcisio Gazzini is Lecturer in International Law at the University of Glasgow. Previously she was Lecturer in International Law and International Organisations, University of Padova, Faculty of Political Sciences, 1999 - 2005. She has been a Visiting fellow, Graduate Institute International Studies, Geneva (2004 - 2005) and Visiting scholar at the Universities of Bristol, Nottingham, Oxford and Geneva.