Security Beyond the State: Cosmopolitanism, Peace and the Role of Just War Theory

Patrick Hayden

in Just War Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748620746
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672042 | DOI:
Security Beyond the State: Cosmopolitanism, Peace and the Role of Just War Theory

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Insofar as a just war is fought ultimately for a just and lasting peace, just war theory should engage with various issues concerning how such a peace is to be understood and secured. The nature of global conflict today demonstrates that it is impossible to conceptualise and pursue such a peace through the traditional state-centric paradigm of security. The development of a “human security” perspective is explained in this chapter, which goes on to present a case for a human right to peace. The question is then raised as to how such theoretical innovations may relate to just war theory. It is argued that, suitably modified, the theory can be rendered compatible with such a right. Two important features of this revised theory are, firstly, the need for an account of jus post bellum to indicate certain conditions of, and requirements for, the post-conflict consolidation of the right to peace; secondly, the insistence that only a cosmopolitan perspective can satisfactorily combine the justification of war with the primacy of human security and the right to peace.

Keywords: Human security; Right to peace; State-centrism; Cosmopolitanism; Jus post bellum

Chapter.  7975 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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