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The Ethics of Armed Conflict: A Cosmopolitan Just War Theory

John W. Lango


In this book, some distinctive approaches to the ethics of armed conflict are interwoven: (1) A revisionist approach that involves generalising traditional just war principles, so that they are applicable by all sorts of responsible agents to all forms of armed conflict. Such principles should be applicable not only to large-scale military operations (e.g., the 2003 invasion of Iraq) but also to small-scale military actions (e.g., the use of air power to enforce no-fly zones). (2) A cosmopolitan approach that features the Security Council. (3) A preventive approach that emphasises alternatives ... More

Keywords: armed conflict, armed humanitarian intervention, cosmopolitan approach, human rights, just cause, just war principles, last resort, noncombatant immunity, proportionality, Security Council

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780748645756
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748645756.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John W. Lango, author
Hunter College of the City University of New York