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Vol 22 No 8 August/Sept 2017

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STEP: A Practical Guide to the Transfer of Trusteeships

Edited by: Richard Williams, Arabella Murphy, Toby Graham
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Weighing Lives in War

Edited by: Jens David Ohlin, Larry May, Claire Finkelstein

ISBN13: 9780198796183
Published: August 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £29.99
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The chief means to limit and calculate the costs of war are the philosophical and legal concepts of proportionality and necessity. Both categories are meant to restrain the most horrific potential of war.

The volume explores the moral and legal issues in the modern law of war in three major categories. In so doing, the contributions will look for new and innovative approaches to understanding the process of weighing lives implicit in all theories of jus in bello: who counts in war, understanding proportionality, and weighing lives in asymmetric conflicts.

These questions arise on multiple levels and require interdisciplinary consideration of both philosophical and legal themes.

Subjects:
Public International Law
Contents:
Introduction, Jens David Ohlin, Larry May, and Claire Finkelstein

Part I: Necessity & The Lives of Combatants
1: The Dispensable Lives of Soldiers, Gabriella Blum
2: Sharp Wars are Brief, Jens David Ohlin
3: Humanity, Necessity, and the Rights of Soldiers, Larry May
4: The Deaths of Combatants, Michael L. Gross

Part II: Proportionality, Civilian Harm, & Soldiers
5: Proportionate Defense, Jeff McMahan
6: Justification and Proportionality in War, Jovana Davidovic
7: Compensation and Proportionality in War, Saba Bazargan-Forward
8: A Theory of Jus in Bello Proportionality, Adil Haque
9: 4 Proportionality in Warfare as a Political Norm, Ariel Colonomos

Part III: Combatancy & The Value of Lives in Asymmetric Conflict
10: The Equality of Lives in War and the Principle of Distinction, Claire Finkelstein
11: Guiding Executive Decisions on Combatancy in War, Jon Todd
12: Weighing Unjust Lives, Andrew Forcehimes
13: 4 Joint and Combined Targeting: Structure and Process, Michael Schmitt, Jeffrey Biller, Sean C. Fahey, David S. Goddard, & Chad Highfill