Civilian Immunity in War

Paperback | February 1, 2010

EditorIgor Primoratz

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The protection of noncombatants from deadly violence is the centrepiece of any account of ethical and legal constraints on war. It was a major achievement of moral progress from early modern times to World War I. Yet it has been under constant attrition since - perhaps never more so than inour time, with its 'new wars', the spectre of weapons of mass destruction, and the global terrorism alert. Civilian Immunity in War, written in collaboration by eleven authors, provides the first comprehensive analysis of all main aspects of this highly topical subject. It considers the arguments for rejection of civilian immunity and the main theories of the grounds and proper scope of this immunity,both deontological (just war theory) and consequentialist. Separate chapters examine the historical development of the idea of civilian immunity, its standing in current international law, and the problem of "collateral damage": of harming civilians without intent, as a side-effect of attacks onmilitary targets. The volume also addresses a string of specific issues. Civilian immunity has undergone much attrition with the development of air warfare and the tendency of military conflict to degenerate into "total" war. On the other hand, modern military technology with its precision guidancemissiles and "smart" bombs opens up the possibility of restricting deadly violence to its proper targets and staying clear of civilian life, limb, and property. Another pressing issue is the fate of women in war in light of mass rapes characteristic of some 'new wars'.

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The protection of noncombatants from deadly violence is the centrepiece of any account of ethical and legal constraints on war. It was a major achievement of moral progress from early modern times to World War I. Yet it has been under constant attrition since - perhaps never more so than inour time, with its 'new wars', the spectre of ...

Igor Primoratz is Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pagesPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199575754

ISBN - 13:9780199575756

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AcknowledgementsNotes on the contributorsIntroductionPart One1. Igor Primoratz: Civilian immunity in war: its grounds, scope and weight2. Uwe Steinhoff: Civilians and soldiers3. Colm McKeogh: Civilian immunity in war: from Augustine to Vattel4. David Kretzmer: Civilian immunity in war: legal aspects5. Seumas Miller: Civilian immunity, forcing the choice and collective responsibility6. C.A.J. (Tony) Coady: Collateral immunity in war and terrorismPart Two7. Stephen A. Garrett: Air power and non-combatant immunity: the road to Dresden8. Hugh White: Civilian immunity in the precision-guidance age9. Paul Gilbert: Civilian immunity in the 'new wars'10. Veronique Zanetti: Women, war and international law11. Janna Thompson: War and the protection of property

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Review from previous edition: "This anthology is an excellent discussion of most of the important issues connected with the principle of civilian immunity. It is extensive in its coverage and, in many of the essays, breaks new ground." --Steven P. Lee, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews