• Kinga Tibori Szabó


This chapter introduces the subject and main research questions of this book. First, a succinct presentation of the concept of self-defence and the controversies surrounding its anticipatory aspect is given. Secondly, the debate concerning the elements and temporal dimension of self-defence is elaborated and the different opinion groups regarding the legality of anticipatory action are described. Thirdly, the structure of the book and the research methods employed are portrayed. The last paragraphs of this chapter elaborate on the envisaged contribution of the present work to the debate regarding the temporality of self-defence.


Temporal Dimension Security Council State Practice Normative Framework Anticipatory Action 
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  • Kinga Tibori Szabó
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  1. 1.Forum for the Law of Armed Conflict and Peace OperationsUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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