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University of Michigan Law School

1994

Military, War, and Peace

Peace

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United Nations Intervention In Internal Conflicts: Iraq, Somalia, And Beyond, Ruth Gordon Jan 1994

United Nations Intervention In Internal Conflicts: Iraq, Somalia, And Beyond, Ruth Gordon

Michigan Journal of International Law

Part I of this article will examine the concept of domestic jurisdiction. One of the principal purposes of the United Nations is the maintenance of international peace and security, which in 1946 was thought to essentially entail maintaining the peace between nation States. Internal power struggles and conflicts were thought to be within the jurisdiction of the State where they took place, unless they posed a rather substantial "threat" to the peace. Thus, the drafters of the U.N. Charter made sharp distinctions between internal and international conflicts. For instance, the Charter generally proscribes international, but not domestic, conflict, and ...