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Just War Theory and Civilian Casualties
Protecting the Victims of War

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  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107189690

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  • There are strong moral and legal pressures against harming civilians in times of conflict, yet neither just war theory nor international law is clear about what responsibilities belligerents have to correct harm once it has been inflicted. In this book, Marcus Schulzke argues that military powers have a duty to provide assistance to the civilians they attack during wars, and that this duty is entailed by civilians' right to life. Schulzke develops new just war principles requiring belligerents to provide medical treatment and financial compensation to civilian victims, and then shows how these principles can be implemented in governmental, military, and international practice. He calls for a more individual-focused conception of international law and post-war justice for victims - as opposed to current state- or group-based reconstruction and reparation programs - which will provide a framework for protecting civilian rights.

    • Explores the failings of just war theory and international law, and takes a new approach to existing work on post-war justice
    • Considers new frameworks surrounding military responsibilities, arguing for more individual-based programs of assistance and compensation
    • Addresses practical questions of implementation at governmental and international level, making it useful for practitioners as well as moral and legal scholars
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107189690
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The evolution of civilian immunity and the right to life
    2. Just war theory's restrictive orientation
    3. The positive duty to alleviate civilian suffering
    4. Efforts to excuse civilian suffering
    5. The principle of restorative care
    6. The principle of recompense
    7. Reconciling the positive and negative duties
    8. Positive duties under international law
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  • Author

    Marcus Schulzke, University of York
    Marcus Schulzke is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of York. His work has appeared in journals including Perspectives on Politics, Review of International Studies, International Studies Perspectives, and Political Studies, and he is the author of The Morality of Drone Warfare and the Politics of Regulation (2016).

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