The wrongfulness of an act which would otherwise be inconsistent with the international obligations of a state or international organisation is precluded to the extent the act in question constitutes a lawful measure of self-defence1. The categories of obligations in relation to which wrongfulness may be precluded are not limited to the prohibition of the use of force. Nevertheless, the wrongfulness of the breach of certain obligations which either are expressly envisaged as applying to armed conflict or which are expressed to be absolute in all circumstances may not be precluded on the basis that the action in question
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