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Just War TheoryA Reappraisal$
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Mark Evans

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620746

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620746.001.0001

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In Humanity's Name: Democracy and the Right to Wage War

In Humanity's Name: Democracy and the Right to Wage War

(p.71) Chapter 3 In Humanity's Name: Democracy and the Right to Wage War
Just War Theory

Mark Evans

Edinburgh University Press

The insistence that a just war can only be waged by a “legitimate authority” is generally accepted as central to just-war argument and the traditional construal of this tenet has been conspicuously state-centric. The realities of war in the modern world have increasingly made the interpretation and application of this stipulation complex and controversial. In sketching some of these difficulties, this chapter broaches some ways of refining our understanding of it by proposing a linkage between just war theory and the concept of a “global civil society” which not only ideally lends a cosmopolitan angle to the idea of authority but also contends that there is a democratic bias within that idea when it is properly understood. The role of the United Nations in the 1999 Kosovo intervention and the 2003 Iraq war is discussed to indicate how, in this respect, just war theory in the modern world ideally requires reform in the global order for its proper application.

Keywords:   Authority, Democracy, Global civil society, United Nations, Global order, Kosovo, Iraq war

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