Just and Unjust Warriors: The Moral and Legal Status of Soldiers

Just and Unjust Warriors: The Moral and Legal Status of Soldiers

by David Rodin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199233128

ISBN-13: 9780199233120

Pub. Date: 09/15/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Can a soldier be held responsible for fighting in a war that is illegal or unjust? This is the question at the heart of a new debate that has the potential to profoundly change our understanding of the moral and legal status of warriors, wars, and indeed of moral agency itself. The debate pits a widely shared and legally entrenched principle of war-that combatants

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Can a soldier be held responsible for fighting in a war that is illegal or unjust? This is the question at the heart of a new debate that has the potential to profoundly change our understanding of the moral and legal status of warriors, wars, and indeed of moral agency itself. The debate pits a widely shared and legally entrenched principle of war-that combatants have equal rights and equal responsibilities irrespective of whether they are fi ghting in a war that is just or unjust-against a set of striking new arguments. These arguments challenge the idea that there is a separation between the rules governing the justice of going to war (the jus ad bellum) and the rules governing what combatants can do in war (the jus in bello). If ad bellum and in bello rules are connected in the way these new arguments suggest, then many aspects of just war theory and laws of war would have to be rethought and perhaps reformed.

This book contains eleven original and closely argued essays by leading figures in the ethics and laws of war and provides an authoritative treatment of this important new debate. The essays both challenge and defend many deeply held convictions: about the liability of soldiers for crimes of aggression, about the nature and justifiability of terrorism, about the relationship between law and morality, the relationship between soldiers and states, and the relationship between the ethics of war and the ethics of ordinary life.

This book is a project of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199233120
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, David Rodin and Henry Shue
2. The Morality of War and the Law of War, Jeff McMahan
3. The Moral Inequality of Soldiers: Why Jus in Bello Asymmetry is Half Right, David Rodin
4. Fearful Symmetry, Christopher Kutz
5. Do We Need a "Morality of War"?, Henry Shue
6. How to Judge Soldiers Whose Cause in Unjust, Judith Lichtenberg
7. Moral equality, victimhood and the sovereignty symmetry problem, Cheyney Ryan
8. The Status of Combatants, Tony Coady
9. Is the Independent Application of Jus in Bello the way to Limit War?, Anthony Coates
10. Just War and Regular War: Competing Paradigms, Gregory Reichberg
11. A Presumption of the Moral Equality of Combatants: a Citizen Soldier' Perspective, Dan Zupan
12. The Principle of Equal Application of the Laws of War, Adam Roberts

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