This analysis of collective security covers its institutional, operational and legal parameters along with the United Nations system, presenting it as a global public order institution for maintaining peace. The authors study its constitutional premises as they are shaped by the forces of law and politics. After an historical account of initiatives and projects for global peace, the authors explain the morphology of collective security as a global public order institution and outline its triggers, institutions, actors, components and tools. They go on to analyse its legal properties and the processes of political, legal and criminal accountability. The analysis and assessment are informed throughout by practice drawn from examples including Korea, Iraq and Libya, and by a wealth of cases from national and international jurisdictions.
Nicholas Tsagourias is Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield. Nigel D. White is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham.
Part I. The Concept of Collective Security: 1. Collective security: a historical journey; 2. The morphology of collective security; 3. Triggers, actors and institutions; Part II. Collective Security Components: 4. States and collective security; 5. The United Nations; 6. Regional organisations; 7. Private military and security companies; Part III. Collective Security Tools: 8. The settlement of disputes and preventive security; 9. State-building; 10. Sanctions; 11. Military security; Part IV. Legal Management of Collective Security: 12. Law as internal facilitator, regulator or constraint; 13. Law as external facilitator, regulator or constraint; 14. The management of normative conflicts; Part V. Accountability in Collective Security: 15. Accountability in collective security; 16. International responsibility and liability; 17. Individual criminal responsibility; 18. Conclusion.