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Justifying Conventional War

Robert Jackson

in The Global Covenant

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199262014
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601033 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199262012.003.0009
 Justifying Conventional War

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This chapter examines the normative character and modus operandi of conventional war in contemporary international society. The following normative issues are addressed: justifications of the UN and Iraq for resorting to war, wartime responsibilities of citizens, responsibilities of soldiers in waging war, normative reality of unlevel battlefields, distributive and corrective justice in war, and the constitutional aspects of conventional war member states of contemporary international society. It is argued that the Gulf War was as close to a legitimate and lawful war as any war of the 20th century due to special international circumstances in the 1990s.

Keywords: conventional war; international relations; Gulf War

Chapter.  16696 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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