The War Convention and the Moral Division of Labour

Yitzhak Benbaji*

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My claim is that despite powerful arguments to the contrary, a coherent moral distinction between the jus in bello code and the jus ad bellum code can be sustained. In particular, I defend the traditional just war doctrine according to which the independence between the in bello and ad bellum codes reflects the moral equality between just and unjust combatants and between just and unjust non-combatants. In order to establish this, I construe an in bello proportionality condition which can be satisfied by just and unjust combatants alike.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-617
Number of pages25
JournalPhilosophical Quarterly
Issue number237
StatePublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes


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