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Proportionality (in War)


Adil Ahmad Haque


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Law-Newark

February 22, 2012

INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ETHICS, Wiley & Sons, 2012
Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 112

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This entry for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics discusses the moral and legal requirement of proportionality in armed conflict. Among other things, the entry discusses the relationship between proportionality and just cause; the relative weight of the harms inflicted and the harms prevented by war and acts of war; the relevance of national partiality; and the effect of human shields and mixed battle spaces on the stringency of the proportionality requirement.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 8

Keywords: proportionality, war, armed conflict, just cause, distinction, precaution, necessity, discrimination, combatants, civilians, human shields, intermingling

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Date posted: February 24, 2012 ; Last revised: August 13, 2013

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Haque, Adil Ahmad, Proportionality (in War) (February 22, 2012). INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ETHICS, Wiley & Sons, 2012; Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 112. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2009562 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2009562

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Law-Newark ( email )
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Newark, NJ 07102
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