Speaker: Colleen Murphy, Professor of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Just war theory offers ethical guidance on how and why war should be fought. It provides criteria to distinguish just from unjust wars. International humanitarian law offers guidance on legal and illegal conduct in war, and the crime of aggression defines when the resort to war is illegal. Just war theory and international law overlap in their content, which my presentation highlights. However, they are not identical, and I also point out differences in evaluating war ethically versus legally.