The purpose of this study is to provide a clear statement of the rules of international law governing the use of force by states in self defence the rules are being challenged in the light of what are seen as new threats from terrorism and from the possession of weapons of mass destruction and there has been controversy as to whether they need revision or redefinition the study was prompted . The burden of proof in the case of plea of self defence lies on the person claiming the same under s 105 of the indian evidence act 1872. Self defense against the use of force in international law volume 23 of developments in international law v 23 volume 23 of international arbitration law library author stanimir a alexandrov edition illustrated publisher martinus nijhoff publishers 1996 isbn 9041102477 9789041102478 length 359 pages subjects. International law recognizes a right of self defence as the international court of justice icj affirmed in the nicaragua case on the use of force some commentators believe that the effect of article 51 is only to preserve this right when an armed attack occurs and that other acts of self defence are banned by article 2 4. The use of self defense is limited under the international customary law the permissibility of the use of force in cases of self defense is hinged on the interpretation of article 51 there is no right to pre emptive self defense when an armed attack has occurred a state does not have to wait for an armed attack to actually occur to use force
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