The Unlimited Liability Contract and its Effects on Serving Military Personnel

Authored by: Reverend Nikki Coleman

Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415743686
eBook ISBN: 9781315813516
Adobe ISBN: 9781317801771


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In Section I of this chapter, I will be putting forward a brief introduction and traditional understanding of the concept of the unlimited liability contract (ULC) as first proposed by General Sir John Hackett in 1962. 1 In Section II, I will be examining some of the implications of the ULC, particularly as it relates to the ability of military personnel to refuse orders in relation to medical treatment and experimentation—and the duty of care that militaries have toward their personnel. In the final section, I shall consider whether, after all, there are some limits to this notion of “unlimited liability.”

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