The 'global war on terror': issues and trends in the use of force and international humanitarian law

Briefing papers
July 2003
Chaloka Beyani

Over the past decade, military interventionism has increased. This trend has been variously justified by the need to address threats to international peace and security; to avert humanitarian catastrophe; and more recently as part of the ‘global war on terror’. This paper analyses the legal basis for the use of force in circumstances such as these; examines the application of international humanitarian law (IHL) in the global war on terrorism; and assesses the trends set by the war against terror in the protection of refugee law and human rights.

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