Adil Haque: Law and Morality at War (OUP, 2017)

  • Alejandro ChehtmanEmail author
Book Review

There seems to be a profound divorce between contemporary work on the laws of armed conflict (LOAC) or International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and work on the ethics of war. Scholars working on the LOAC typically insist that this body of law is “intensely practical.” On such grounds, they are often suspicious of normative philosophy assessing conduct in war, either because they consider it largely useless or deeply misguided. Similarly, an influential trend in contemporary just war theory has focused on the “deep morality” of war, thereby acknowledging that the LOAC should not necessarily mirror the “deep” moral rules that apply in this type of situation.1However, what if we could bridge the gap between the two? What if sophisticated philosophical analysis could be distilled into easy-to-apply principles that help participants in armed conflicts make morally sensible decisions? What if it could help us better defend, criticize, and even interpret the existing legal framework that...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Torcuato Di TellaBuenos AiresArgentina

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