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Also Gray, The use of force, p. 6; H. Kelsen, The law of the United Nations: a critical analysis of its fundamental problems (London: Stevens, 1950), pp. 108, 110; Mendelson, ‘The Nicaragua case’, p. 91. , H. W. Briggs, The law of nations, 2nd edn (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts) 1952), p. 976. 12 ‘armed attack’ and article 51 of the un charter was not until the adoption of the Pact of Paris in 1928 27 that a comprehensive prohibition on the recourse to war came into being. 29 This is illustrated by the inclusion of the much broader prohibition on the threat or use of ‘force’ (instead of ‘war’) and the creation of a review procedure for self-defence claims by the UN Security Council.
H. W. Briggs, The law of nations, 2nd edn (New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts) 1952), p. 976. 12 ‘armed attack’ and article 51 of the un charter was not until the adoption of the Pact of Paris in 1928 27 that a comprehensive prohibition on the recourse to war came into being. 29 This is illustrated by the inclusion of the much broader prohibition on the threat or use of ‘force’ (instead of ‘war’) and the creation of a review procedure for self-defence claims by the UN Security Council. In the end, leaving aside the precise extent to which the Charter codiﬁed or ‘progressively developed’ the pre-existing customary rules, it may safely be assumed that important discrepancies existed between the two.
See ILC, Report of the ILC Study Group, Fragmentation of International Law, § 478; C. McLachlan, ‘Systematic integration and Article 31(3)(c) of the Vienna Convention’, 299, 317. , ICJ, Namibia case, § 53; ICJ, Agean Sea Continental Shelf case (Greece v. Turkey), Judgment of 19 December 1978, (1978) ICJ Rep 3–45, § 77. , ICJ, Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros Project case, § 112. 79 Turning back to the Charter rules on the use of force and recalling the ICJ’s ﬁnding that these provisions by no means cover the whole of the Ius ad Bellum, custom clearly is of crucial importance in tackling the lacunae and ambiguities left open by the Charter.