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War crimes and just war

Author: Larry May
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"War crimes are international crimes committed during armed conflict. Larry May argues that the best way to understand war crimes is as crimes against humaneness rather than as violations of justice. He shows that in a deeply pluralistic world, we need to understand the rules of war as the collective responsibility of states that send their citizens into harm's way, as the embodiment of humanity, and as the chief
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Larry May
ISBN: 052187114X 9780521871143 0521691532 9780521691536
OCLC Number: 229303404
Description: xi, 343 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction : justifying war but restricting tactics --
pt. A. Philosophical groundings --
2. Collective responsibility and honor during war --
3. Jus gentium and minimal natural law --
4. Humane treatment as the cornerstone of the rules of war --
pt. B. Problems in identifying war crimes --
5. Killing naked soldiers : combatants and noncombatants --
6. Shooting poisoned arrows : banned and accepted weapons --
7. Torturing prisoners of war : normal and confined soldiers --
pt. C. Normative principles --
8. The principle of discrimination or distinction --
9. The principle of necessity --
10. The principle of proportionality --
pt. D. Prosecuting war crimes --
11. Prosecuting soldiers for war crimes.
Responsibility: Larry May.

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May argues that the best way to understand war crimes is as crimes against humanness rather than as violations of justice. Throughout, May demonstrates that the principle of humanness is the  Read more...
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"...An excellent book-a pleasure to read, and one of the very few to consider searchingly the deepest moral and political roots of just war theory and the international laws of armed conflict. It Read more...

 
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