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What is a Just Peace?$
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Pierre Allan and Alexis Keller

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275359

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199275351.001.0001

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Just Peace: A Cause Worth Fighting For 1

Just Peace: A Cause Worth Fighting For 1

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What is a Just Peace?

Sir Adam Roberts

Oxford University Press

Along with identifying a number of pitfalls to be avoided in this project of conceptualizing a Just Peace, Roberts proposes using the term ‘justifiable force’ rather than Just War. This would move the tradition away from appearing to approve of war as a whole, and towards recognizing something more conditional and cautious — that the threat and use of military force by a particular state or group of states may, in precise circumstances, be justifiable. Roberts writes about how the development of the European Union has affected the nations of this region, and encourages an idea of ‘induction’ through adherence to human rights law as the way to become a part of this union. It is through processes at the regional level that we can find positive illustrations of how justice can be maximized without the introduction of force. Since a desire to proliferate the ‘good’ has long been what has shaped human relations, this examination of ‘induction’ provides an example of how an internal focus on justice can create an environment that promotes promulgation.

Keywords:   justice, peace, induction, justifiable force, just war, human rights law

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