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The Legitimate Use of Military Force / Edition 1

The Legitimate Use of Military Force / Edition 1

by Howard M. Hensel
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Throughout human history, scholars, statesmen and military leaders have attempted to define what constitutes the legitimate use of armed force by one community against another. Moreover, if force is to be used, what normative guidelines should govern the conduct of warfare? Based upon the assumption that armed conflict is a human enterprise and therefore subject to human limitations, the Western 'just war tradition' represents an attempt to provide these guidelines. Following on from the success of Hensel's earlier publication, The Law of Armed Conflict, this volume brings together an internationally recognized team of scholars to explore the philosophical and societal foundations of just war tradition. It relates the principles of jus ad bellum to contemporary issues confronting the global community and explores the relationship between the principles of jus in bello and the various principles embodied in the customary law of armed conflict. Applying an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing and assessing the links between just war and the norms of behaviour, the book provides a valuable contribution to international law, international relations and national security studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780754649809
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Series: Justice, International Law and Global Security Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr Howard M. Hensel has been a Professor on the faculty of the Air War College since 1986 and currently serves as the Director of Foundations of Warfighting Strategy.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Howard M. Hensel; Part I Perspectives on Just War Doctrine, International Relations, and Armed Conflict: Theocentric natural law and just war doctrine, Howard M. Hensel; Anthropocentric natural law and its implications for international relations and armed conflict, Howard M. Hensel; The rejection of natural law and its implications for international relations and armed conflict, Howard M. Hensel. Part II International Law and the Customary Principles Underpinning the Law of Armed Conflict: Preemption and preventive war, Gregory A. Raymond and Charles W. Kegley Jr; The development of international humanitarian law and the continued relevance of custom, Jean-Marie Henckaerts; The Martens clause and military necessity, Mika Nishimura Hayashi; The principle of distinction: beyond an obligation of customary international humanitarian law, Jean-François Quéguiner; The principle of proportionality, A.P.V. Rogers; Hors de combat: post-September 11 challenges to the rules, Avril McDonald; Occupation responsibilities and constraints, Charles Garraway; Conclusion, Howard M. Hensel; Index.

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