North Korea and the Use of Force

North Korea and the Use of Force

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The ongoing launch of missiles combined with the test of large nuclear bombs by North Korea causes great concern around the world. Although North Korea is no longer subject to the Non-Proliferation Treaty it remains subject to international law obligations including various UN Security Council resolutions. However, to date, the UN Security Council has not authorised the use of force against North Korea.Under these circumstances, is there any justification under international law for starting a war against North Korea? The lecturer will give a picture of the development of the conflict and then analyse the principles of international law to be applied in the case. A specific focus will be placed on the question of preventive/preemptive self-defence, the role of the Security Council in a case of self-defence, the consequences of the termination of an armistice and the use of nuclear arms.

Matthias Hartwig, senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany
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