License to kill: is legitimate authority a requirement for just war?
2013 (English)In: International Theory, ISSN 1752-9719, Vol. 5, no 1, 64-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In traditional just war theory, legitimate authority is regarded as a necessary requirement for war to be just. This article challenges this requirement by arguing that a right to wage war can be derived from the right to self-defense and the justifiability of exercising political power to protect basic human rights. Arguments for the legitimate authority-requirement are then surveyed and rejected as insufficient to defend the principle's privileged status. It is argued that just war theory does not need the legitimate authority-requirement and may benefit from its removal.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 5, no 1, 64-93 p.
just war theory, legitimacy, authority, self-defense, human rights
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-92521DOI: 10.1017/S1752971913000122ISI: 000320960400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-92521DiVA: diva2:639556