Emory International Law Review


The North Atlantic Treaty established NATO for multiple purposes including a collective self-defense alliance. Only one of the articles under the North Atlantic Treaty has been amended in the 70-year history of the North Atlantic Treaty, this is Article 6. This Articles serves to discuss the purpose and original objectives that were in mind while drafting Article 6 in its original context. Article 6 has a unique relationship with Article 5, in that it serves to define an armed attack as used in Article 5. The Article highlights the importance of the mutual collective self-defense under NATO, as well as the scope of its application and use. This Article goes on to discuss the different limitations under Article 6 and the events and changing global landscape that led to the amending of Article 6 under the North Atlantic Treaty.