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Jus Post Bellum: Just War Theory and the Principles of Just Peace
International Studies Perspectives (2006)
  • Robert E. Williams, Jr., Pepperdine University
  • Dan Caldwell, Pepperdine University

What happens following a war is important to the moral judgments we make concerning warfare, just as the intentions going in and the means used are. There has, however, been inadequate attention paid to considerations of jus post bellum in the just war tradition. This essay seeks to contribute to recent efforts to develop jus post bellum principles by first noting some of the ways that jus ad bellum and jus in bello considerations serve to constrain what can legitimately be done after war. We argue, however, that the constraints grounded in traditional just war theory do not offer sufficient guidance for judging postwar behavior and that principles grounded in the concept of human rights are needed to complete our understanding of what constitutes a just war. A just peace exists when the human rights of those involved in the war, on both sides, are more secure than they were before the war.

  • jus post bellum
Publication Date
November, 2006
Citation Information
Robert E. Williams and Dan Caldwell. "Jus Post Bellum: Just War Theory and the Principles of Just Peace" International Studies Perspectives Vol. 7 (2006)
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