Killing with Discrimination

Chapter in: 'War Ethics' (Samuel C. Rickless and Saba Bazargan, eds.) 2014, Forthcoming

Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 130

16 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2013

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

This chapter explores two possible moral justifications for the legal prohibition on the use of indiscriminate weapons. The prohibition could be justified instrumentally, as an indirect strategy of implementing more fundamental prohibitions on inflicting intentional, unnecessary, and disproportionate harm on civilians. However, the chapter argues that it is intrinsically morally wrong to use weapons that, either by their nature or by their use in a particular situation, are more likely to strike civilians or civilian objects than to strike combatants or military objectives. The chapter concludes that the use of such weapons should be considered unlawfully indiscriminate.

Keywords: war, armed conflict, indiscriminate, discrimination, ethics, morality, killing, Parfit, expectabilism, evidence-relative

Suggested Citation

Haque, Adil Ahmad, Killing with Discrimination (2012). Chapter in: 'War Ethics' (Samuel C. Rickless and Saba Bazargan, eds.) 2014, Forthcoming, Rutgers School of Law-Newark Research Paper No. 130, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2309465

Adil Ahmad Haque (Contact Author)

Rutgers Law School ( email )

Newark, NJ
United States

HOME PAGE: http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/adil-ahmad-haque

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