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15 Fla. J. Int'l L. 541 (2002-2003)
The U.N. Security Council's Obligations of Good Faith

handle is hein.journals/fjil15 and id is 551 raw text is: THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL'S OBLIGATIONS OF
GOOD FAITH
Elias Davidsson*
1.   INTRODUCTION  .................................... 542
II.  THE RELEVANCE OF GOOD FAITH WITH REGARD TO THE
ABILITY OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL TO FULFIL
ITS M ANDATE  ..................................... 543
III.  How CAN THE GOOD FAITH OF THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL
BE  ASSESSED?  ..................................... 544
A. What Could Constitute a Threat to the Peace ? ....... 545
1. The Concept of State of Necessity in
Justification of Countermeasures ................. 546
2. Application of the Concept of Necessity
to the U.N. Security Council  .................... 547
B. Good Faith and the Choice of Responses to a
Threat to  the Peace . ........................... 553
C. Ending Previously Imposed Coercive Measures and
G ood  Faith  ..................................... 554
IV.  EVIDENCE OF U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL BREACHES OF
GOOD FAITH IN DETERMINING (OR FAILING TO DETERMINE)
THREATS TO THE PEACE  ............................. 554
V.   CAN THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL BE GENERALLY
PRESUMED TO ACT IN GOOD FAITH? .................... 559
A. Arguments for the Presumption of Good Faith ......... 560
1. A General Presumption of Innocence .............. 560
2. States' General Acquiescence to U.N. Security
Council Decisions ............................. 560
B. Arguments Against the Presumption of
G ood  Faith  ..................................... 561
C. A Pattern of Mendacity, Hypocrisy, and Recklessness ... 563
1. Politically Motivated Action and Inaction .......... 563
* To contact the author: Elias Davidsson, -Post Box 1760, 121 Reykjavik, Iceland.
Telephone: (00354)-552-6444. Fax: (00354)-552-6579. E-mail: edavid@simnet.is. URL:
http://www.juscogens.org.

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