Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics

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| Editors: Henk ten Have

Military Ethics

  • Stephen ColemanEmail author
  • Nikki Coleman
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_294-1

Abstract

Much of bioethics is founded on the principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. But when bioethics and military ethics combine, many of these principles seem to be compromised. In large part, this is due to the military setting, with its unique requirements, in particular the obligation to obey all legal orders.

Keywords

Military ethics Just war theory Jus ad bellum Jus in bello Discrimination Proportionality Legal orders Medical experimentation Feres doctrine Soldier Triage Confidentiality Animals 
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  1. Gross, M., & Carrick, D. (2013). Military medical ethics for the 21st century. Surrey: Ashgate.Google Scholar
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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of New South WalesCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Program Director; Military Ethics at the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and SocietyUniversity of New South WalesCanberraAustralia