Moral and Legal Issues Relating to the Modern Law of Armed Conflict
JAN 28, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
This lecture is part of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy’s Official Corruption and National Security Lecture Series. Professor Beer will discuss the traditional “just war” doctrine, which sets out a range of criteria that ought to be fully satisfied if war is to be morally justified: the jus ad bellum ("the right to fight") and the jus in bello ("how to fight right"). The latter requires discrimination between combatants and noncombatants, and proportionality – evaluating military advantage vs. unreasonable damage to the innocent, although neither end result can be precisely predicted. In the current reality of armed conflict, a new paradigm is needed – one that is informed by both traditional legal and moral concepts.
Professor of Law and Dean
Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Radzyner School of Law
Yishai Beer is Professor of Tax Law and Dean of the Radzyner School of Law. He is also a Major General (ret.) in the Israel Defense Forces. Dean Beer received a B.A. from Hebrew University, an M.A. from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and was admitted to the Israel Bar in 1985. He joined the law faculty at Hebrew University in 1986. In 2010 he was nominated to be Dean of the Radzyner School. Prof. Beer was Senior Scholar at Harvard Law School in 1990-92 and at NYU Law School in 2009-2010.