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Title: Jus Post Bellum
Subtitle: A Case of Minimalism versus Maximalism?
Author(s): PEPERKAMP, Lonneke
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 21    Issue: 2   Date: 2014   
Pages: 255-288
DOI: 10.2143/EP.21.2.3030699

Abstract :
Jus post bellum is the ‘new’ part of just war theory that deals with questions of post war justice. While many argue for this extension of just war theory, there is no agreement on the content and scope of post war norms. The debate on jus post bellum is often presented as one between so-called ‘minimalists’ and ‘maximalists’. This article analyses these main positions and the supposed differences between them, and argues that this distinction is no longer relevant. There is no clear opposition between the two positions, but there are gradual variations in terms of content and scope of jus post bellum. In order to pinpoint these variations, a broader perspective is taken. The article thus aims to demonstrate that the content and scope of post war norms depends on two factors: the particular situation to which just war theory applies, and the general view on just war theory and international relations that is adopted. These factors explain the general shift towards a maximalist understanding of jus post bellum.

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