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Substitute for the United Nations? Extending the Frontiers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Implications for African Unity

Substitute for the United Nations? Extending the Frontiers of the North Atlantic Treaty... I. INTRODUCTION The African notion of humanitarian meddling in conflict resolution and intervention for purposes of crisis management emphasises legitimacy of the process and outcome, to the extent that: `[A] good judge is not one who imposes a decision on opposing parties, but one who leads the opposing camps to accept and recognize the legitimacy of the verdict.'1 Amidst the increasing threat to global security, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has become the most powerful international body, though, arguably next to the United Nations (UN) in terms of global prominence, spread and power. The institution with global mandate is the UN, with power: To maintain international peace and security, and to that end take effective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace.2 Dr received his LLM and PhD degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada; LLB from University of Ilorin, Nigeria; and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of International and Comparative Law Edinburgh University Press

Substitute for the United Nations? Extending the Frontiers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Implications for African Unity

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2013
Subject
Articles; African Studies
ISSN
0954-8890
eISSN
1755-1609
DOI
10.3366/ajicl.2013.0054
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Abstract

I. INTRODUCTION The African notion of humanitarian meddling in conflict resolution and intervention for purposes of crisis management emphasises legitimacy of the process and outcome, to the extent that: `[A] good judge is not one who imposes a decision on opposing parties, but one who leads the opposing camps to accept and recognize the legitimacy of the verdict.'1 Amidst the increasing threat to global security, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has become the most powerful international body, though, arguably next to the United Nations (UN) in terms of global prominence, spread and power. The institution with global mandate is the UN, with power: To maintain international peace and security, and to that end take effective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace.2 Dr received his LLM and PhD degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada; LLB from University of Ilorin, Nigeria; and

Journal

African Journal of International and Comparative LawEdinburgh University Press

Published: Feb 1, 2013

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