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ius ad bellum

  ius ad bellum

The legal right to go to war. During the twentieth century this traditional right was much circumscribed, especially after the signing of the UN Charter in 1945. Thus in general terms, offensive war is now permissible in law only in response to a breach of ius cogens, and many commentators would add that it is at least highly desirable that such a breach be certified as such by the Security Council. Of course, a state attacked unlawfully retains the right to defend itself, and other states the right to assist it. See also aggression; collective security; peace enforcement; self-defence.



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