Seminar: Prof Uwe Steinhoff, "Rights, liability and the moral equality of combatants"

Past Event

09 November 2011, 3:00pm

Manor Road Building
University of Oxford, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UQ

This seminar is hosted by the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Combat

Speaker: Professor Uwe Steinhoff, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration,University of Hong Kong

Summary: According to the dominant position in the just war tradition from Augustine to Anscombe and beyond, there is no "moral equality of combatants." That is, on the traditional view the combatants participating in a justified war may kill their enemy combatants participating in an unjustified war – but not vice versa. Professor Steinhoff shall argue that in the large number of wars (and in practically all modern wars) where the combatants on the justified side violate the rights of innocent people ("collateral damage"), these combatants are in fact liable to attack by the combatants on the unjustified side.

This event is open to all, no registration necessary