Response to Five Critics

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In response to our critics, we explain why in spite of the ad bellum breach involved in the first use of force the war agreement is still binding; why the moral symmetry to which War by Agreement subscribes benefits all parties, weak and strong; why contractarianism leaves room the for moral option of not acting within one's rights and refusing to take part in a seemingly unjust war; why contractarianism is superior to rights-consequentialism as a theory of just war; and why contractarianism does not rule out reforms in international law and institutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-816
Number of pages32
JournalLaw and Philosophy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Law


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