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Article 51: Limits On Self-Defense?, Thomas K. Plofchan Jr. Jan 1992

Article 51: Limits On Self-Defense?, Thomas K. Plofchan Jr.

Michigan Journal of International Law

This article's two-pronged analysis has three distinct parts. Part I lays out the controversy of Article 51 interpretation as applied to the recent Gulf Crisis. Part II examines the legal guidance for interpreting the U.N. Charter, the Charter's travaux preparatoires, and specifically the work of the committees and subcommittees responsible for drafting and amending articles that fully incorporate the right of self-defense into the Charter. This Part develops conclusions on Article 51 that may be applied to the context of the recent Gulf Crisis. This Part also contrasts the Article 51 right of collective self-defense with the ...