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War and Self-Defense$
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David Rodin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199257744.001.0001

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International Law

International Law

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War and Self-Defense


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This chapter explores the concept of the right of national self-defence. National self-defence is conceived in international law as a right — a consideration capable of asserting normative force against the consequentialist requirements such as those of peace and security. By locating the notion of national-defence within a framework of ideas generated in the context of personal defensive rights, the Just War Theorist can show how a state’s military action in defending its own sovereign power can be morally justified.

Keywords:   national-defence, international law, rights, self-defence

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