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By Stephen Kinloch Pichat

A clean exam of the origins, evolution and way forward for proposals for a UN 'Legion' - an everlasting army strength recruited, expert and deployed through the UN.

This new ebook indicates how this suggestion has grown, re-emerged and developed in direct reference to the advance of UN overseas army forces. The legionnaires were noticeable because the destiny representatives of a latest constabulary, overseas police or humanitarian chivalry. they've got additionally consistently evoked the belief of mercenaries and resurrected fears of supranational executive and a 'world army'. the sort of strength has been unimaginable whilst wanted, no longer wanted while possible, revealing the deficiencies of the overseas method within the viewpoint of a specific job. the belief highlights the inadequacy of the skill in comparison to the goals, and the bounds of the UN's means to conform itself to new demanding situations.

This research examinmes how the undertaking of a UN 'Legion' is conditional at the viability of the unique Utopia, and vice versa. It additionally argues that the extraordinary polarization of the talk may well replicate an inclination to negate the inherent contradictions of truth, reminding us of the ancient measurement of the development of a global association, a 'work in progress'.

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43, p. 954. 56. R. C. R. Siekmann, National Contingents in United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 1991), p. 9. For a general discussion of the legal basis for a UN permanent and individually recruited military force, see Sohn, ‘Authority of the United Nations’, pp. 229–31; F. ’, Österreichische Zeitschrift für Öffentlicher Recht, 1/2, 12 (1962), pp. 188–229; Seyersted, United Nations Forces, pp. ), A UN Rapid Deployment Brigade, pp. 61–4. TWO First Steps Quod nihil sit tam infirmum aut instabile quam fama potentiae non sua vi nix.

Culbertson yet warned against the danger of having the government of a world organization in possession of an overwhelming force. The greatest danger, he thought, would be to see the central world force evolve into a corps of ‘janissaries’ or a ‘praetorian guard’. According to Culbertson’s plan, an international police force would therefore be placed at the disposal of the supranational government of a world federation organized according to the regional principle. Culbertson proposed a dual system.

Strictly speaking, the Charter does not preclude from the possibility of setting up a directly recruited force through close cooperation and coordination between the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Secretariat. With the doctrine of ‘implied powers’, later developed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), even restrictive interpretations would no longer constitute a decisive argument against the legality of a UN legion. Legal Bases As once noted by Louis B. 47 Military arrangements In order to ensure prompt and effective action by the UN, its members confer on the Security Council primary responsibility for the maintenance of peace and security (Art.

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