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The military action against Iraq in spring 2003 is one of the few events of the UN Charter period holding the potential for fundamental transformation, or possibly even destruction, of the system of law governing the use of force that had evolved during the twentieth century. As with the great debates surrounding U.S. involvement in the two world wars, the establishment of the United Nations, and the challenges to UN Charter norms during the Cold War, this Journal seeks to provide a forum for reasoned and respectful treatment of legal issues that have aroused fierce passions.


International Law | Law


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