The Ethics and Laws of War: Introductory Workshop

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The purpose of this workshop is to provide an introduction to some of the major ethical and legal approaches to the problem of war. It will give participants an understanding of how justifications of war emerged, and how these became coupled with customary norms that sought to regulate or limit the use of violence between political communities. The workshop will approach the ethics of war from a global perspective, aimed at providing an insight into how both Western and non-Western states, peoples, and groups might be influenced in their decisions to utilise violence in the international political arena.

Ranging from the 2nd millennium BCE to the modern day, and considering traditions from a variety of global cultural perspectives, the workshop aims to equip participants with: 1) a basic knowledge of the history of the ethics and laws of war; 2) an understanding of the major on-going debates; 3) a conceptual toolkit to help assess current challenges to U.K. defence policy and strategy.
PeriodApr 2017
Event typeWorkshop