Understanding necessity in war and conflict

Bujnoch, Louis (2020) Understanding necessity in war and conflict. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The concept of necessity is frequently invoked in the context of war and conflict and in the context of the application of force more broadly. References by politicians, lawyers and military officers to a necessity that compels (non-)action are numerous in circumstances of violent crisis situations such as wars and conflicts. Despite this backdrop, the concept of necessity has, with few exceptions, largely escaped systematic study. The purpose of this thesis is to examine how necessity is understood in the context of war and conflict and investigates the extant concept across five separate knowledge communities - ad bellum & in bello international law, military strategy, Realpolitik and the Just War tradition. Using methodological tools of Begriffsgeschichte this thesis treats necessity as a contested concept and examines how necessity is understood in each respective discourse and elucidate whether necessity has a uniform meaning or is a function of the discourse it is invoked in. This thesis will show that necessity is differently understood in each respective knowledge community and invoked to differing effects and for different purposes, thereby providing a more nuanced explanation of ways in which the (non-)use of force is justified and legitimised.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Funder's Name: ESRC
Supervisor's Name: O'Driscoll, Dr. Cian and Smith, Dr. Craig
Date of Award: 2020
Depositing User: Louis Bujnoch
Unique ID: glathesis:2020-81421
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 13:48
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2022 13:05
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.81421
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/81421

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