Jus Ante Bellum

Principles of Prewar Conduct

Authored by: Roger Wertheimer

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 his brief talk at a 2010 New York University Law School conference, Steven Haines, a British “academic international lawyer,” relates how he accepted the invitation to speak on the topic of jus ante bellum despite having never encountered the term or the concept. 1 Nothing daunted, Haines tried researching the topic and found only a solitary citation of my then recently published Empowering Our Military Conscience: Transforming Just War Theory and Military Moral Education. That work is an anthology, partitioned with the labels Jus ad Bellum, Jus in Bello, and Jus ante Bellum. That third part is two essays by me. 2 After discovering nothing useful therein, Haines decided he “had no option” but to try to define the term on his own.

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