The end of the Cold War brought with it hope of a full implementation of the principles pertaining to the use of force (ius contra bellum) and a reinvigoration of the United Nations, particularly the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Under the new order which would at least respect the rules agreed upon in 1945, the powers were to act together for the benefit of all, striving towards world peace and security. 1 A swift (within 48 hours) adoption of resolutions condemning Iraq’s aggression against Kuwait in 1990 and imposing sanctions on the aggressor 2 brought hope that the UN would finally start fulfilling its primary purpose – maintaining peace and security. 3 The world powers showed that once again they recognised the necessity of obtaining a prior authorisation from the UNSC if they planned a military intervention. 4