Justifying Preventive War

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This chapter attempts to strengthen the institutionalist approach to the justification of preventive war. It seeks to refute the claim that preventive war as such is unjust because it involves violations of the rights of at least some of those who are targeted in the preventive action. It argues that even the strongest 'rights-based' objection is incapable of supporting the assertion that preventive war is never morally permissible and that properly designed institutions provide an effective reply to the consequentialist objections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPreemption
Subtitle of host publicationMilitary Action and Moral Justification
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191716270
ISBN (Print)9780199233137
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Institutionalist approach
  • Institutionalist approach
  • Justification
  • Pre-emption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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