RESTRAINT IN WAR: ESSENTIAL FOR A JUST PEACE?

7th annual conference of EuroISME 30 May-2 June 2017
Royal Military Academy, in Brussels

 

EuroISME consistently promotes the search for principles of ethical guidance. At our 2017 conference in Brussels we will discuss questions such as – ‘To what extent does respect for humanitarian law and military ethics – the right intent – facilitate the conclusion of peace, and by implication, does such respect serve ius post bellum?’ ‘Should the technical rules of ius in bello and principles of ius post bellum be reinforced through conduct based on human virtues and values, such as altruism, magnanimity and forgiveness, in order to make a lasting peace possible?’

 

RESTRAINT IN WAR: ESSENTIAL FOR A LASTING PEACE ?

To create the conditions for a just and lasting peace, we have to consider the relationship between ius ad bellum, ius in bello and ius post bellum. Some say that the criteria of ‘right intent’ and ‘reasonable prospect of success’ — reminiscent  of the just war tradition — have served as the driving influences to promote both ius in bello as well as ius post bellum.

At present, ius in bello is a highly technical body of law, which is fully understood only by experts. Its utility should be to guide and regulate the conduct of participants in conflict and military operations, both as protagonists and as individual citizens with duties to humanity. As a chapter of law and ethics, it is almost invariably seen as independent of ius post bellum. In our 2017 conference however, we seek to determine the roots of restraint in all ‘arms bearers’ (to use the ICRC’s term) and whether such restraint can, favourably or unfavourably, influence the establishment of a durable cessation of hostilities and a peaceful resolution to the conflict, and thus influence the application of ius post bellum.

The academic study of the relation between restrained behaviour on the battlefield and ius post bellum is still in its infancy. The considerations of the latter still consist mainly of principles of governance and reconstruction, rather than ethics. Thus, we hope that EuroISME’s conference on the relation between restraint on the battlefield and the establishment of peace, will further understanding of this issue.

EuroISME consistently promotes the search for principles of ethical guidance.  At our 2017 conference in Brussels we will discuss questions such as – ‘To what extent does respect for humanitarian law and military ethics – the right intent – facilitate the conclusion of peace, and by implication, does such respect serve ius post bellum?’  ‘Should the technical rules of ius in bello and principles of ius post bellum be reinforced through conduct based on human virtues and   values, such as altruism, magnanimity and forgiveness, in order to make a lasting peace possible?’

 

Programme

The (provisional) programme of the conference is now available and can be downloaded below.

 

Registration

Registration for the 2017 conference in Brussels is now closed. We are sorry if you have missed the deadline. We shall be posting a conference report soon after the conference finishes.

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Conference publication

EuroISME intends to publish the most salient manuscripts in its bookseries International Studies on Military Ethics, which is published by Martinus Nijhoff, an imprint of Brill. Manuscripts which demonstrate the necessary scholarship will be considered in this context.

Travel funding

EuroISME has a limited budget available to assist persons who wish to participate at one of our conferences, but who do not have the financial means to do so. In the PDF file linked below, we set out the criteria by which we will assess such requests. Since our budget is limited, the fact that an applicant meets all the criteria does not mean that financial support will be granted.


Proposal for Corresponding Conferences

During the 2016 Oslo EuroISME Conference, our member Patrick Mileham proposed to organize a series of conferences on a corresponding subject. You may read his original proposal here (PDF).