The Jus Post Bellum Project
From conflict termination to peacemaking: Role and contours of a contemporary 'Jus Post Bellum'
The concept of ‘jus post bellum’ has an established tradition in just war theory. It has long formed part of the ethics of warfare since scholastic writing and classical works on the law of nations. The problem of the ending of conflict and the need for a proper organisation of post-conflict peace has become evident in the context of recent interventions and their aftermath. In this context, jus post bellum has witnessed a renaissance in military ethics and moral philosophy. But it has traditionally been neglected in the conceptualization of the laws of war in the 19th and 20th century, which remains based on the classical division into jus ad bellum and jus in bello.
This NWO-funded Vidi project investigates whether and how a contemporary jus post bellum may facilitate greater fairness and sustainability in conflict termination and peacemaking.