A World on the Brink of Hostilities: Striking a Balance between International Law and International Politics
Publication Date : 21/06/2022
ABSTRACT Notwithstanding the sacrosanct provisions of Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter, hostilities motivated by national interest and international politics have always been a commonplace occurrence on the international scene. While States are expected to either refrain from hostilities or at least ensure that any hostilities in international relations are justified by indisputable international law principles, the trend around the globe seems to be moving in quite the opposite direction. This has thus raised questions as to whether States have indeed in practice been able to strike a balance between international law and international politics by ensuring adherence to strict principles of international law in their relationship with other States. Relying on this backdrop, this essay is a scholastic attempt at exploring the adherence of States to international law in instances where it conflicts with international politics and national interest, especially those interests only capable of being achieved through hostility. In doing this, it shall begin by conceptualizing relevant terms. It shall then proceed to explore trends of hostility across the international scene, particularly those manifestly occasioned by international politics, and examine how States have attempted to justify or align their decisions with international law. Finally, it shall conclude by providing recommendations poised to enhance the relevance and enforceability of international law and enforce the compliance of States’ decisions with it.
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