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Contemporary Peace Research and Practice Policy Brief  No.105 - March, 2021

The Rule of Law: Undermined and Under Attack
Questioning the State Monopoly on the Legitimate Use of Physical Force

The rule of law is being undermined and attacked and the state monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force is almost universally at risk. This policy brief examines contemporary challenges to the legitimate state monopoly on the use of force and its possible future. What are the values and the shortcomings of a legitimate state monopoly on the use of physical force? What does the concept in its ideal form mean and why are these principles questioned and challenged?