The act of war has been outlawed under international law. Sadly, things are never that simple. War will happen – between states and between states and non-states. But does the U.S. have to wait to actually be attacked before in can act? When and how states can act in self-defense is an important and still evolving area of the law. Based upon the change in the conduct of contemporary conflicts, some experts and governments contend that the traditional laws of armed conflict are no longer sufficient alone, but must be addressed in conjunction with international human rights law. The assigned articles delve into what conditions must exist for a state to properly exercise its right of self-defense under international law.
Considering the articles, discuss the following:
Discuss and interact regularly with your classmates, bringing the discussion to a close by the end of Module 4 and please review and follow the Discussion Guidelines.
Refer to the Discussion Rubric for detailed grading criteria.