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Disobedience in the Military


Disobedience in the Military

Legal and Ethical Implications

von: Jean-François Caron

55,92 €

Verlag: Palgrave Pivot
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 12.07.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319932729
Sprache: englisch

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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.
1. Introduction2. The Nature of Obedience and Disobedience in the Military3. Thinking About Selective Conscientious Objection in the Military4. Can Soldiers Disobey Lawful Commands in Order to Prevent Crimes?5. When Morality Clashes With Lawfulness6. Disobeying Suicidal Orders7. War Criminals’ ‘Road to Damascus’ Moment or How Disobedience Can Justify Leniency for Previous Crimes.
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.
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.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.
Discusses contemporary questions about the nature of military’s obedienceEmphasizes 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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