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Does the agreement of the Security Council of the UN legitimize the use of force in international relations? Does the absence of such agreement delegitimize the use of force? Two recent cases will be taken in order to analyze the paper.

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  1. Introduction
  2. A potential economic and ecological importance
    1. A possible flexibility of the treaty for a future operation?
    2. Climatic upheaval with multiple outcomes
  3. Towards recognition of indigenous peoples
  4. The Arctic: a military zone that is highly strategic
  5. Conclusion

Since its foundation in 1945, the United Nations has been responsible for the collective security. Ever since Operation Desert Storm in 1991, The UN has actively debated on the problem regarding of the use of force and whether it might ever be justified - and if so under what circumstances.

This issue has remained at the heart of all International debates. The Security Council of the UN is responsible for the defense of its member states. The scale of a "new interventionism" in fact pinpoints the evolution in international relations and the need to follow the common security policy where international obligations should rank alongside the defense of national interest. It is therefore obvious that the authority and the power of the Security Council follow this development. It has to be said that the Security Council's power rests upon the Human Rights Charter, which was signed by all the members of the council; few chapters of this Charter enables the Security council to use the force under special conditions. In that box, it sounds obvious that the use of force is legitimized by the approval of the Security Council. However, one should wonder whether the Security Council approval is not to have meant for the member states, like custom and the U.K. to further their own personal aims by using "legal forces" and justifying it as "humanitarian intervention"? Is there any need to limit the discretion of member states authorized to use force? How far does the Security Council resolution allow the use of force by members of the coalition?

Tags: United Nations; Security Council; Human Rights Charter; humanitarian intervention; Security Council resolution

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