RSSIssue 31.4

On the Relationship Between the Ethics and the Law of War: Cyber Operations and Sublethal Harm

| December 8, 2017
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This essay examines the 2013 Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare in order to illustrate the importance of both ethical and legal perspectives on norms governing the initiation and conduct of a new form of interstate conflict.

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Carbon Emissions, Stratospheric Aerosol Injection, and Unintended Harms

| December 8, 2017
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In this article, Christopher J. Preston compares the culpability for any unintended harms resulting from stratospheric aerosol injection versus culpability for the unintended harms already taking place due to carbon emissions. To make this comparison, both types of unintended harms are viewed through the lens of the doctrine of double effect.

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The Comparative Culpability of SAI and Ordinary Carbon Emissions

| December 8, 2017
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In this response, Holly Lawford-Smith points to the issue of agency in Christopher J. Preston’s analysis. She argues that while the harms of geoengineering will be caused by culpable agents acting intentionally, the harms connected to climate change emerge out of the uncoordinated actions of billions of people.

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Bringing Politics into SAI

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In this response, Sikina Jinnah and Douglas Bushey unpack the political implications of some of Christopher J. Preston’s assumptions and framing decisions in an effort to add a layer of practical richness to the abstraction of his analysis.

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Calculating the Incalculable: Is SAI the Lesser of Two Evils?

| December 8, 2017
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Mike Hulme responds to Christopher J. Preston, questioning whether it is possible to determine and quantify climate harms and to distinguish forensically between their causes.

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<i>Reconstructing Human Rights: A Pragmatist and Pluralist Inquiry into Global Ethics</i> by Joe Hoover

Reconstructing Human Rights: A Pragmatist and Pluralist Inquiry into Global Ethics by Joe Hoover

| December 8, 2017
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In Reconstructing Human Rights, Joe Hoover locates the value of human rights in the work that they do in the world. He seeks to develop a pragmatic account that makes sense of rights as they are without attempting to deny the various tensions and contradictions that they present.

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<i>Ethics and Cyber Warfare: The Quest for Responsible Security in the Age of Digital Warfare</i> by George Lucas

Ethics and Cyber Warfare: The Quest for Responsible Security in the Age of Digital Warfare by George Lucas

| December 8, 2017
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George Lucas’s Ethics and Cyber Warfare contributes much-needed scaffolding for discussions about cyber governance. He introduces a new category of cyber conflict, identifies emerging norms in cyberspace, and provides a qualified defense of the National Security Administration’s surveillance infrastructure.

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<i>Justice in Conflict: The Effects of the International Criminal Court’s Interventions on Ending Wars and Building Peace</i> by Mark Kersten

Justice in Conflict: The Effects of the International Criminal Court’s Interventions on Ending Wars and Building Peace by Mark Kersten

| December 8, 2017
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In this book, Mark Kersten convincingly shows that the implications of pursuing “during-conflict justice” are varied and fluid rather than dichotomous and deterministic. The nuanced analysis is a refreshing contribution to the growing literature on the politics of international criminal justice.

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