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Seminar by Cécile Fabre (Oxford): Collective Security and Military Intervention in Interstate Armed Conflicts

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The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy invites you to an online seminar to be delivered by Cécile Fabre (Oxford), on the topic of the ethics of military intervention in interstate conflicts.

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My aim in this paper is to defend the view that the protection of of international peace and security is a just cause for third-party military intervention in interstate conflicts- for short, INTERVENTION. I first sketch an account of the conditions under which an interstate conflict is or has the potential to threaten international peace and security such as to be, or to have the potential of becoming, a global crisis if left unchecked. I show that to defend INTERVENTION is tantamount to defending preventive military force, deterrent military force, and the resort to force in defence of rights violations of which are not standardly regarded as just causes for military action.

Much work has been done in the thirty years on, respectively, the ethics of preventive war, and the ethics of waging war against threats which do not take the form of an armed attack (such as wars in defence of rights to the basic necessity of life.) Instead of retreading these relatively familiar debate, in the remainder of the paper, I focus on the use of military force as a deterrent. I provide a limited defence of (conventional) deterrence and address two problems with it.

The Zoom meeting will begin at 16:00 (UK time) on Nov 10. A link will be provided HERE closer to the date.

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Cécile Fabre is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. She is also Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and affiliated with the Faculty of Philosophy, the Department of Politics and International Relations, and Nuffield College, Oxford. Prof Fabre's research interests are in theories of distributive justice; the philosophy of democracy; just war theory; the ethics of foreign policy, with particular focus on the ethics of economic statecraft and the ethics of espionage. She am currently working on issues concerning reparative justice; doxastic wrongs; the ethics of gossip, and the moral and political philosophy of cultural heritage.

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The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy is committed to the idea that the study of law is deepened when grounded in philosophical principle, and philosophy is of greater benefit to society when relevant to pressing practical and legal issues. The Centre’s members consist not only of legal theorists, but also of lawyers with philosophical training and philosophers with interests in legal questions—all of whom are invested in an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research. Our home is the University of Surrey School of Law.

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