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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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Security Beyond the State: Cosmopolitanism, Peace and the Role of Just War Theory

Security Beyond the State: Cosmopolitanism, Peace and the Role of Just War Theory

(p.157) Chapter 7 Security Beyond the State: Cosmopolitanism, Peace and the Role of Just War Theory
Just War Theory

Patrick Hayden

Edinburgh University Press

Insofar as a just war is fought ultimately for a just and lasting peace, just war theory should engage with various issues concerning how such a peace is to be understood and secured. The nature of global conflict today demonstrates that it is impossible to conceptualise and pursue such a peace through the traditional state-centric paradigm of security. The development of a “human security” perspective is explained in this chapter, which goes on to present a case for a human right to peace. The question is then raised as to how such theoretical innovations may relate to just war theory. It is argued that, suitably modified, the theory can be rendered compatible with such a right. Two important features of this revised theory are, firstly, the need for an account of jus post bellum to indicate certain conditions of, and requirements for, the post-conflict consolidation of the right to peace; secondly, the insistence that only a cosmopolitan perspective can satisfactorily combine the justification of war with the primacy of human security and the right to peace.

Keywords:   Human security, Right to peace, State-centrism, Cosmopolitanism, Jus post bellum

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