Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics

Living Edition
| Editors: Henk ten Have

Military Ethics

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_294-1


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.


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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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