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Disobedience in the Military

Legal and Ethical Implications

Authors: Caron, Jean-Francois

  • Discusses contemporary questions about the nature of military’s obedience
  • Emphasizes the importance of ethical disobedience as a tool to humanize human conflicts
  • Valuable for undergraduates, graduate students, members of the armed forces in military academies and scholars studying the Just War Theory
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About this book

We often think of the army as an institution whose members are required to blindly obey all orders they receive. However, this perception is inaccurate. Disobedience is a fundamental professional obligation of members of the military and overrides the obligation to follow commands. But what is the extent of this obligation? Are soldiers obligated to participate in what they consider to be an illegal war, or should they be allowed to enjoy a right to selective conscientious objection? Should soldiers obey a legal order that, if followed, would facilitate the perpetration of war crimes by a third party? How should soldiers act if they are ordered to follow a lawful order that could result in immoral consequences? Should soldiers be allowed to refuse to obey what can be labeled as suicidal orders? Based upon the nature of soldiers’ professional obligations, this book tries to offer answers to these important questions. The author turns to a number of different case-studies, including conscientious objections, duty to protect in genocidal situations such as Rwanda and Srebrenica, suicidal orders in wars, as well as retribution and leniency towards war criminals, as a way of assessing the different legal and ethical implications of disobedience in the military.

About the authors

Jean-François Caron is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, where he teaches Political Theory.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-7

    Caron, Jean-François

  • The Nature of Obedience and Disobedience in the Military

    Pages 9-31

    Caron, Jean-François

  • Thinking About Selective Conscientious Objection in the Military

    Pages 33-55

    Caron, Jean-François

  • Can Soldiers Disobey Lawful Commands in Order to Prevent Crimes?

    Pages 57-74

    Caron, Jean-François

  • When Morality Clashes with Lawfulness

    Pages 75-91

    Caron, Jean-François

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
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Hardcover $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-93271-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Disobedience in the Military
Book Subtitle
Legal and Ethical Implications
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93272-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93272-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93271-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 127
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