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Necessity in International Law

Jens David Ohlin and Larry May


This book aims to trace the various uses of the concept of necessity in international law, with the goal of determining whether there is any overarching unity to these uses across the subdisciplines of international law. The authors not only discuss necessity in international humanitarian law and jus in bello, but also aim to situate necessity as understood in IHL within a larger discourse of international law generally, and to untangle the confusing and often inconsistent usages of the term “necessity” in these broad areas of international law, including human rights law. The authors argue th ... More

Keywords: necessity, international humanitarian law, human rights, Just War theory, international criminal law, international law, philosophers, jus in bello

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190622930
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190622930.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jens David Ohlin, author
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School

Larry May, author
W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University