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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Ethics, Law and Military Operations

ISBN 9780230221703
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

While there are many legal textbooks on the laws of armed conflict and academic works on ethical issues in international relations, this is the first text on the relevance of legal and normative issues in military practice. It covers the entire spectrum of military operations and is written with military decision-makers particularly in mind.

DAVID WHETHAM is Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, King's College London, UK and is based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in the UK Defence Academy. His research focuses on the ethical dimensions of warfare and the development of the laws of war.

Introduction Purpose Content and Structure
Ethics, Law and Military Operations
A View From Realism
A Nonviolent Challenge to Conflict
The Just War Tradition A Pragmatic Compromise
War Law and its Intersections
Law at the Operational Level
Civilian Protection and Force Protection
The Ethical Challenge of the Complex Security Environment
Understanding Atrocities: What Commanders Should do to Prevent Them
To Whom Does a Military Medical Commander Owe a Moral Duty?
The Ethics of Nuclear Deterrence
The Ethical and Legal Challenges of Operational Command


Displaying a rare combination of intellectual rigour and practical wisdom, this highly recommended volume shows how the interplay of law and ethics affects and constrains the planning and execution of modern military campaigns.'- Don Carrick, Military Ethics Education Network, University of Hull
'Engaging with and developing a genuine understanding of ethical and legal principles is an essential part of professional military education. I therefore welcome this timely contribution.'- General Sir David Richards
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