Armed intervention, pursuing legitimacy and the pragmatic use of legal argument

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


This study examines how States use legal arguments in cases of armed intervention and how this usage can influence the development of international law. The objective is to contribute to the understanding of the law on armed intervention by conducting a study of how States actually use legal arguments to justify or condemn armed interventions in actual cases. By assessing empirical material within a frame of abstract analysis of possible legal arguments and a pragmatic background of factual and concrete non-legal factors, this study is intended to contribute to the general understanding of the argumentation of States regarding armed interventions. An important aim within this objective is to provide for a wide appreciation of State conduct and argumentation around ideas of legitimacy and legality, primarily regarding the exceptions to the rule of non-use of force in international relations.


  • Olof Beckman
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Law


  • armed intervention, international law, United Nations, public international law, state practise, self-defense, legal argument, human rights, Folkrätt
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2005 Apr 27
  • Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights
Print ISBNs91-628-6414-9
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2005-04-27 Time: 10:15 Place: Kulturen (Auditoriet), Karlins plats, Lund. External reviewer(s) Name: Mahmoudi, Said Title: Professor Affiliation: Stockholm University ---

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