The Principle of Nonintervention, the United Nations, and the International System

Onuf, Nicholas Greenwood
March 1971
International Organization;Spring71, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p209
Academic Journal
The article discusses the functioning of the international system, including the role of the United Nations. Scholars have assumed that key rules and principles of international law reflect broad characteristics of the system while controversies over and changes in their content and status reflect the rate, extent, and direction of change in the system. Authors who have studied this aspect have concentrated on the declining position of the principles of sovereignty and nonintervention in the face of competitive East-West intervention as a dominant feature of the postwar international system. Another author has assessed the responsiveness of recent peacekeeping doctrine to systemic developments and thereby used one aspect of international organization and a different time frame in much the same way that he used the principle of nonintervention. Characteristically, several authors reject the traditional belief that the primary function of international law, as a coercive order, is to constrain the behavior of states. The principle of nonintervention as applied to states is not directly acknowledged in the United Nations Charter, but it has nonetheless attracted the attention of the United Nations membership as one of the principles of peaceful coexistence.


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