The Responsibilities of Victory: Jus Post Bellum and the Just War

Bellamy, Alex J. (2008) The Responsibilities of Victory: Jus Post Bellum and the Just War. Review of International Studies, 34 4: 601-625. doi:10.1017/S026021050800819X

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Author Bellamy, Alex J.
Title The Responsibilities of Victory: Jus Post Bellum and the Just War
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The responsibilities of victory: Jus Post Bellum and the Just War
Journal name Review of International Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0260-2105
Publication date 2008-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S026021050800819X
Volume 34
Issue 4
Start page 601
End page 625
Total pages 25
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject C1
9403 International Relations
160607 International Relations
Abstract Recent years have seen a growing interest in questions about justice after war (jus post bellum), fuelled in large part by moral questions about coalition operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a result, it has become common to argue that jus post bellum is a third strand of Just War thinking. This article evaluates this position. It argues that that there are broadly two ways of understanding moral requirements after war: a minimalist position which holds that moral principles derived largely from jus ad bellum and jus in bello concerns should constrain what victors are entitled to do after war and a maximalist position which holds that victors acquire additional responsibilities that are grounded more in liberalism and international law than in Just War thinking. Finding problems with both approaches, the article argues that it is premature to include jus post bellum as a third element of Just War thinking and concludes by setting out six principles to guide future thinking in this area.
Keyword international relations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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