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1 J. on Use Force & Int'l L. 1 (2014)

handle is hein.journals/jufoint1 and id is 1 raw text is: Journal on the Use of Force and International Law

doi: 10.5235/20531702.1.1.1
Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Journal on the Use of Force and Interna-
tional Law (JUFIL). The journal provides a forum for top-quality international
research into all facets of the law governing the use of force, as distinct from
other areas of international law relating to security issues, such as international
humanitarian law or international criminal law. In this respect, it aims to pro-
vide special focus upon issues such as the nature and scope of the inherent
right of self-defence, the use of force authorised by the UN Security Council
and force employed for humanitarian purposes, amongst others. As such, it has
a targeted mandate, but engages with the jus ad bellum broadly defined, ensur-
ing both wide appeal while maintaining its focus.
The JUFIL is the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the jus ad bellum,
and its primary purpose is to publish high-quality contributions to the literature
by both scholars writing on the general nature of the law in this area and those
examining particular uses of force or developments. In addition to publish-
ing research of the highest quality and impact of both a theoretical and more
practical nature, the journal also supports the conducting of research, through
a Digest of State Practice on the use of force-a relatively unique feature for an
international law journal. The Digest is intended to act as a key means of assess-
ing the development of customary international law in the area. The JUFIL also
features book reviews that significantly engage with the key works in the field.
Regretfully, there is a steady stream of instances where military force is being,
or has recently been, used in international relations with which the JUFIL can
engage. In this first issue, for example, the jus ad bellum aspects of the ongoing
Syrian civil war form a key point of focus. In particular, Mika Hayashi uses the
August/September 2013 debates over possible military intervention in Syria-
following the confirmed use of chemical weapons in that state-as a starting
point for investigating various potential options for responding to the use of
such prohibited weapons, notably going beyond controversial jus ad bellum-
based claims. In their contribution to this issue, Anders Henriksen and Marc
Schack consider the same legal debates concerning the possibility of interven-
tion in Syria, but focus more on the substantive merits of the claims made
by the United States, the United Kingdom and Denmark, and on the future
implications of the 'humanitarian intervention' debate in the West for the jus
ad bellum. In addition to the first issue's particular focus on Syria, the 2014

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