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Prof. W. Michael Reisman

Mr. W. Michael Reisman
Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law
Yale Law School

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Peace and Security
Humanitarian Intervention
Unilateral Action and the Transformations of the World Constitutive Process:
The Special Problem of Humanitarian Intervention
Unilateral action by States in ways that preempt decision otherwise assigned to international organizations is a recurring and sometimes anguishing problem in contemporary international law. Part of the reason for this is to be found in the antinomies of, on the one hand, the monopoly of the use of force assigned to international organizations and, on the other, human rights imperatives. The lecture locates the problem of unilateral action in the different ideal types of constitutive process; some permit unilateral action, others absolutely prohibit it and still others are ambivalent about it.

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 Self-Defense
The Problem of Pre-emptive Self-Defense
in Contemporary International Law
(Forthcoming)

Peace and Security
Humanitarian Intervention
Unilateral Action and the Transformations of the World Constitutive Process:
The Special Problem of Humanitarian Intervention
A. Legal Instruments
Covenant of the League of Nations, League of Nations,Paris, 28 April 1919, Official Journal, 1st year, No. 1, February 1920, p. 3 (Text of the Covenant available on the website of Yale Law School’s Avalon Project).

Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Vienna, 23 May 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1155, p. 331.
B. Jurisprudence
United States Supreme Court, Brown v. Board of Education, 347 US 294 (1954).

International Court of Justice, Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States of America), Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 1986, p. 14.

International Court of Justice, Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 1996, p. 226.

International Court of Justice, Gabčikovo-Nagymaros Project (Hungary/Slovakia), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 1997, p. 7.
C. Documents
D. Doctrine
E. Fraenckel, The Dual State: A Contribution to the Theory of Dictatorship, Oxford University Press, New York, 1941.

R.P. Perdomo, El Formalismo Juridico y sus Funciones Sociales en el Siglo XIX Venezoiano, 1978.

Self-Defense
The Problem of Pre-emptive Self-Defense in Contemporary International Law
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