<i>Jus Post Bellum</i>, Grotius, and <i>Meionexia</i>

Larry May

in Jus Post Bellum

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199685899
Published online April 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191765841 | DOI:

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This chapter highlights several themes that are of theoretical and practical interest. First, it gives a brief account of the six principles of jus post bellum, indicating how each was already addressed by such important sixteenth and seventeenth-century theorists as Hugo Grotius, Francisco Vitoria, and Francisco Suarez. Second, it provides a defense of seeing meionexia as a principle of justice well-suited for jus post bellum deliberations. Third, it attempts to answer the question: “Is jus post bellum binding law?” by going back to Grotius and Hobbes, especially to their discussion of the relation between the laws of nature and the laws of nations. In the fourth section, the chapter concludes with a few thoughts about how jus post bellum and transitional justice relate to each other.

Keywords: jus post bellum; Grotius; reconciliation; moderation; transitional justice

Chapter.  6527 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law ; Human Rights and Immigration

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