Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications

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This report provides historical background on the enactment of declarations of war and authorizations for the use of force and analyzes their legal effects under international and domestic law. It also sets forth their texts in two appendices. The report includes an extensive listing and summary of statutes that are triggered by a declaration of war, a declaration of national emergency, and/or the existence of a state of war. The report concludes with a summary of the congressional procedures applicable to the enactment of a declaration of war or authorization for the use of force and to measures under the War Powers Resolution.

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Location(s): United States
Creation Date: March 17, 2011
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Elsea, Jennifer K.

Legislative Attorney

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Grimmett, Richard F.

Specialist in International Security

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: March 17, 2011
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United States
Description:

This report provides historical background on the enactment of declarations of war and authorizations for the use of force and analyzes their legal effects under international and domestic law. It also sets forth their texts in two appendices. The report includes an extensive listing and summary of statutes that are triggered by a declaration of war, a declaration of national emergency, and/or the existence of a state of war. The report concludes with a summary of the congressional procedures applicable to the enactment of a declaration of war or authorization for the use of force and to measures under the War Powers Resolution.

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107 pages.

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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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