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Author May, Larry.

Title War crimes and just war / Larry May.

Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  172.42 MAY    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 343 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction : justifying war but restricting tactics -- Pt. A. Philosophical groundings -- 2. Collective responsibility and honor during war -- 3. Jus gentium and minimal natural law -- 4. Humane treatment as the cornerstone of the rules of war -- Pt. B. Problems in identifying war crimes -- 5. Killing naked soldiers : combatants and noncombatants -- 6. Shooting poisoned arrows : banned and accepted weapons -- 7. Torturing prisoners of war : normal and confined soldiers -- Pt. C. Normative principles -- 8. The principle of discrimination or distinction -- 9. The principle of necessity -- 10. The principle of proportionality -- Pt. D. Prosecuting war crimes -- 11. Prosecuting soldiers for war crimes -- 12. Prosecuting military leaders for war crimes -- 13. Commanded and commanding defenses -- 14. Epilogue and conclusions : should terrorists be treated humanely?
Summary "War crimes are international crimes committed during armed conflict. Larry May argues that the best way to understand war crimes is as crimes against humaneness rather than as violations of justice. He shows that in a deeply pluralistic world, we need to understand the rules of war as the collective responsibility of states that send their citizens into harm's way, as the embodiment of humanity, and as the chief way for soldiers to retain a sense of honor on the battlefield. Humanitarian considerations of mercy and compassion count morally in war, even if soldiers fight with just cause and their opponents have committed atrocities. Throughout, May demonstrates that the principle of humaneness is the cornerstone of international humanitarian law and is itself the basis of the traditional principles of discrimination, necessity, and proportionality. He draws extensively on the older Just War tradition to assess recent cases from the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia as well as examples of atrocities from the archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject War (Philosophy)
ISBN 052187114X (hardback)
0521691532 (paperback)