Rutgers University Libraries The 'Just War' Tradition in Today's World
Basic Reference Finding Books: Library Catalogs Finding Articles: Indexes
Newspapers Religious Perspectives Jus ad bellum/Jus in bello
Humanitarian Intervention Economic Sanctions Terrorism & Military Actions
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Basic Reference

Encyclopedia of War and Ethics. Edited by Donald A. Wells. Westport, Connecticut, Greenwood Press, 1996.
Signed entries with bibliography.
Dana Call Number: Ref. B105 .W3E53 1996

Just War Theory
From the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

"Principles of the Just War"
List with additional readings. Vincent Ferraro (Mount Holyoke College).

Just War Theory Pathfinder
From the Rhodes College (Tennessee) Library.

Just War Theory
Bibliography of books, articles, and internet resources compiled by Terry Kiss, Air University Library.

Resources on Just War Theory
Prepared for the University of San Diego Values Institute Forum on Just War and the Balkans (April, 1999).

Ethics of War, Peace, and Terrorism: Military Ethics
RealVideo presentations, books, articles, papers, case studies, and other resources with links when available. From the University of San Diego Values Institute.
Outstanding site maintained by Mark Rigstad (Oakland University). Extensive, critically annotated guide.

Finding Books: Library Catalogs

The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries. Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

Just War Doctrine
War Moral and Ethical Aspects
War Religious Aspects
Intervention (International Law) Moral and Ethical Aspects
Economic Sanctions Moral and Ethical Aspects

Newark Law
Camden Law
Rutgers Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. Use the above subject headings to find relevant publications in the law collections.

Finding Articles: Journal Indexes

Social Sciences Full Text
The basic index for finding articles in the social sciences. Indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in social science disciplines including public administration, political science, public welfare, urban studies, sociology and social work, and women's studies. Indexes many journals back to 1982 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access.

Political Science and Public Policy Indexes

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
1975- Index to over 1,300 journals in political science, international relations, public policy and related fields.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Public Affairs Information Service
1915- Index to books, reports, government documents, and journals dealing with political, social, and public policy issues. NOTE: For this topic the most effective approach in PAIS is to search by the subject headings War Ethics, or Military Ethics.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Religion and Philosophy Indexes

ATLA Religion Database
1949- . Index to 650 journals representing all the major religious faiths, as well as some 14,000 multi-authored works, relating to Biblical studies, world religions, Church history and religious perspectives on social issues.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Philosopher's Index
1940- Index to over 480 journals worldwide, as well as books, relating to social and political philosophy and concepts, the philosophy of law, the philosophy of religion, etc.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

History Indexes

America: History and Life
1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Historical Abstracts
1955- . The most comprehensive index to world history (excluding that of the U.S. and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Indexes over 2,000 history and history-related journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.


For links to many newspaper sites with online searchable archives, as well as to physical collections of newspapers see the Newspapers Research Guide.

Historical New York Times
Allows you to search and display the full image of articles published in the New York Times back to 1851. The two+ most recent years are not included, use Access World News.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Access World News
Access to the full text of over 600 U.S. and over 700 international newspapers.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access

World News Connection
Translated and English-language news and information from Central Eurasia, China, East Asia, Near East & South Asia, East Europe, West Europe, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Off-Campus Access Restricted Access.

Religious Perspectives

Encyclopedia of Religion and War. Edited by Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez. New York, Routledge, 2004.
Dana Call Number: Ref. BL80.3 .E53 2004

Duncan, Bruce. The Struggle to Develop a Just War Tradition in the West

The Just War Tradition and the New War on Terrorism
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Iraq and Just War: A Symposium. September 30, 2002
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

A Just War? Judeo-Christian and Islamic Perspectives
A Conversation with J. Bryan Hehir and Roy Mottahedeh. American Academy of Arts & Sciences, December 10, 2001.

Smock, David R. Religious Perspectives on War : Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Attitudes Toward Force.
Rev. ed. Washington, D.C. : United States Institute of Peace Press, 2002.
Rutgers Libraries Location: Alexander BL65.W2S66 2002

The Ethics of War in Asian Civilizations: A Comparative Perspective. Edited by Torkel Brekke. New York, Routledge, 2006. Table of Contents
Rutgers Libraries Location: Alexander B105 .W3E85 2006

"Jus ad bellum/Jus in bello"

What Are Jus ad bellum and Jus in bello?
Extract from International Committee of the Red Cross publication "International Humanitarian Law: Answers to Your Questions"

Kolb, Robert. "Origin of the Twin Terms Jus ad Bellum/Jus in Bello," International Review of the Red Cross no 320, October 31, 1997, 553-562.

Schmitt, Michael N. " Wired warfare: Computer Network Attack and jus in bello," International Review of the Red Cross 84 (846), June 2002, 365-399.

Schmitt, Michael N. Ethics and Military Force: The jus in bello
Transcript of remarks delivered at a January 2002 Carnegie Council workshop.

Just War and 'Humanitarian Intervention'

Coady, C.A.J. "Ethics of Armed Humanitarian Intervention," Peaceworks 45 (July 2002).

Beach, Hugh. Secessions, Interventions and Just War Theory: The Case of Kosovo Pugwash Occasional Papers (2000) 1(1), 11-36.

Beach, Hugh & Roy Isbister. Old Wine, New Bottle: The Just War Tradition and Humanitarian Intervention
ISIS Briefing on Humanitarian Intervention No. 3. October 2000.

Fixdal, Mona and Dan Smith. "Humanitarian Intervention and Just War," Mershon International Studies Review (1998) 42, 283-312.

Koechler, Hans. "Humanitarian Intervention in the Context of Modern Power Politics: Is the Revival of the Doctrine of the "Just War" Compatible with the International Rule of Law?," International Progress Organization Studies in International Relations 26, 2001.

Pfaff, Tony. Peacekeeping and the Just War Tradition U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, September 2000.

Thakur, Ramesh. "Global Norms and International Humanitarian Law: An Asian Perspective," International Review of the Red Cross (March 31, 2001) No. 841, p. 19-44.

Walzer, Michael. The Ethics of Humanitarian Intervention
Lecture, University of San Diego, January 27, 2000. Video.

Just War and Economic Sanctions

Christiansen, Drew and Gerard F. Powers, "Economic Sanctions and Just-War Doctrine," in Economic Sanctions: Panacea or Peacebuilding in a Post-Cold War World? David Cortright and George A. Lopez, eds. Boulder : Westview Press, 1995, pp. 97-120.
Rutgers Libraries Location: Robeson (Camden) HF1413.5 .E27 1995

Gordon, Joy. "Economic Sanctions, Just War Doctrine, and the "Fearful Spectacle of the Civilian Dead," Cross Currents (Fall 1999) 49(3).

Just War, Terrorism and Military Actions

Persian Gulf War, 1990-1991: Just War Theory
Bibliography compiled by the Air University Library.

Novak, Michael. "'Asymmetrical Warfare' & Just War," National Review Online February 10, 2003.

Arai-Takahashi, Yutaka. "Shifting Boundaries of the Right of Self-Defence -- Appraising the Impact of the September 11 Attacks on Jus Ad Bellum", The International Lawyer (2002) 36(4), 1081-1102.

Fletcher, Mary B.The United States' Resort to jus ad bellum: A Legal Analysis. May 9, 2002.

Hughes, Johnathan B. Choosing a Moral Framework for the War on Terror.
A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Air University, June 2002.

Deforrest, Mark Edward. "Just War Theory and the Recent U.S. Air Strikes Against Iraq," Gonzaga Journal of International Law 1, (1997/1998).

Snauwaert, Dale T. "The Bush Doctrine and Just War Theory," OJPCR: The Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution 6(1), Fall 2004, 121-135.

George, Robert P. " Just War in Iraq" December, 2002.

McDonald, Avril. "Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism and the jus in bello." IN Terrorism and International Law: Challenges and Responses. 2002, pp. 57-74.

" The United States in the World Just Wars and Just Societies: An Interview with Michael Walzer," Imprints: A Journal of Analytical Socialism 7(1), 2003.

Walzer, Michael. The Triumph of Just War Theory: Is Iraq a Just War? [RealVideo (56K)] Windows Media (300K)
Public lecture, Princeton University, October 21, 2002.

Natalie Borisovets (
John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
February 23, 2004 Revised June 6, 2006