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'Collective Security, 'Threats to the Peace', and the Ebola Outbreak'

Wilson, G (2015) 'Collective Security, 'Threats to the Peace', and the Ebola Outbreak'. Journal of Philosophy of International Law, 6 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1746-1863

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Abstract

During mid-2014, the international community was rocked by the unprecedented spread of the Ebola virus. Having first taken hold in a number of West African states, the virus began to appear outside of the region as potentially catastrophic consequences were forecast by health experts, international organisations, politicians, and media outlets alike. In September, the UN Security Council labelled Ebola a ‘threat to the peace’ and the international community was urged to provide aid to the worse effected areas in order to eradicate its threat. This paper considers the nature of the Ebola outbreak as a ‘threat to the peace’ under the UN Charter’s collective security framework and attempts to place it within the wider context of discourse on the concept of collective security, in particular its human security dimension. Importantly, it will demonstrate the relationship between a threat of this kind and other recognised threats to the peace.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: ElectronicPublications.Org Ltd
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 07:37
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 07:37
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2427

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