Euro-ISME Book Series “International Studies on Military Ethics”

The Series is edited under the auspices of the International Society for Military Ethics in Europe (Euro-ISME).

EuroISME publications

The Series Editorial Board is headed by the Editor-in-chief :
Dr. Ted van Baarda, (The Netherlands)

and consists of 8 other members (in alphabetical order
Prof. Dr. Jovan Babić, University of Belgrade (Serbia)
Prof. Dr. Per Bauhn, Linnæus University (Sweden)
Prof. Dr. Bruno Coppieters, Free University Brussels (Belgium)
Prof. Dr. Thomas R. Elssner, Office of the Military Bishopric of the Federal Armed Forces (Germany)
Dr. Eric Germain, PhD, Ministry of Defence (France)
Brig.Gen (a.D.) Prof. Dr. Edwin R. Micewski, National Defence Academy, retired (Austria/USA)
Prof. Dr. Juha Mäkinen, National Defence University (Finland)
Dr. Patrick Mileham, Council of Military Education Committees UK Universities (United Kingdom)

Publications within the series :

The 6th volume of the EuroISME book series has been on the market since March 2020.
Under the auspices of Patrick Mileham, the authors of this conference volume try to answer the question: “is restraint in war essential for a just and lasting peace”? With a foreword by Professor Brian Orend who asserts this as “a most commendable subject” in extending Just War Theory, the book contains chapters on the ethics of war-fighting since the end of the Cold War and a look into the future of conflict. From the causes of war, with physical restraint and reconciliation in combat and political settlement, further chapters written by expert academics and military participants cover international humanitarian law, practicalities of the use of force and some of the failures in achieving safe and lasting peace in modern-day theatres of conflict.

Volume 5 is the trilingual publication of Samantha J. Hope’s master thesis, winner of the 2017 Euro-ISME Prize.

In 2012, the UK introduced the ‘Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative’. This work examines whether it is actually possible to prevent sexual violence being employed as a weapon of war against women, men and children. It assesses existing prevention strategies, uses Daesh as a case study – to illustrate the limitations of the current approaches – and considers additional measures. The author concludes that it is possible to prevent sexual violence in war, provided that all appropriate measures are harnessed and adapted to the specific circumstances of each conflict. It will, though, require improvements to existing strategies, the use of additional prevention measures, more resources and long-term engagement of all actors. This volume was awarded the 2017 first prize in EuroISME’s annual best thesis contest.

The fourth volume in EuroISME’s book series on military ethics has been published in May 2018.
Its topic is Ethics in Counter-Terrorism: European armed forces have frequently had to participate in counter-terrorist operations while abroad. For many, however, counter-terrorist operations in their home country are a relatively new phenomenon. Armed and uniformed soldiers can now be seen doing work which is, in some respects, comparable to that of the civilian security forces. What are the ethical implications of this phenomenon? To what extent does it change the relationship between the soldier and the democratic state? Do emerging technologies encroach on democratic freedoms? Does the phenomenon re-define the relationship between the police and the military? Under what conditions can soldiers trained to achieve victory by force of arms, be used effectively in crowded city centres? Conversely, do we also risk over-militarising our police?

The third volume in EuroISME’s book series on military ethics was presented at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels, on May 31, 2017. Focussing on ethics and leadership, the volume is unique in the sense that it treats ethics and leadership as a single domain, rather than as separate phenomena. Edited by Peter Olsthoorn, it offers perspectives from both practitioners – such as ISAF veterans – and well-known academics. Among the contributing authors are Deane Peter-Baker on Special Forces and ethics, Patrick Mileham on Military Integrity, Lt.Col. Steve Hart on Ethics in small units. The detailed table of contents can be found on the website of the publisher, Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, at:

Members of EuroISME can receive a 50% discount on all books which have appeared in the series; they can either buy the book at the publisher’s book stand which will be present at EuroISME’s conferences or, if they want to buy the book via the internet, they can contact the Treasurer in order to receive the discount code.

Definition of the Book Series

The book series International studies on military ethics was established in 2013. It is a peer reviewed series of monographs, doctorate theses and edited volumes. The Series aims to promote the scholarly analysis and practical teaching of the complete spectrum of military ethics, to include the ethical aspects of the ius ad bellum, the ius in bello, the ius post bellum and the ethical aspects of international peacekeeping. It will, moreover, explore interactions with related fields of interest such as humanitarian assistance, international humanitarian law, emerging military technologies and human rights. The Series will examine the ethical implications of decisions taken at all levels, from senior policy makers to individuals at the tactical level.The authors who publish in the Series will survey the state of the discipline, including emerging and cutting edge areas. As is the case with monographs and theses, the edited volumes aim to influence scholarly discussion and the research agenda for the next five to seven years, to redefine existing areas within the context of international research and to highlight emerging areas. They are aimed primarily at the international academic library market, but they would be used (and may be individually purchased) by academics, senior military officers, policy makers, researchers and postgraduate students. The book series aims to publish at the academic level (category ‘A’) which implies that strict standards of scholarship apply.


The EuroISME Series is published with Martinus Nijhoff, an imprint of Brill publishers.
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Authors who submit an article in the context of EuroISME’s annual conference can proceed according to the call for papers. They should bear in mind that fully developed articles will be prioritised. The authors thereof will be contacted by the volume editor concerned. The volume editor will select the articles in consultation with the Series Editorial Board.Authors of monographs, theses, etc, are invited to contact the Series chief editor, Ted van Baarda, at A summary of some 250 words will be appreciated. Please do not send complete manuscripts yet. EuroISME does not accept responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts.

Eligible manuscripts

Four types of manuscripts are eligible for consideration. These are: (1) conceptual analyses, i.e. papers of a philosophical nature; (2) empirical analyses, i.e. papers which have gathered data by means of interviews, statistics, etc; (3) participatory action research, i.e. papers whereby the author has participated in the developments which he has researched methodically; (4) self-reflective eye witness accounts, which demonstrate the phronesis and Bildung of the author.