By David Armstrong (editor), Theo Farrell (editor), Bice Maiguashca (editor)
Battle is normally followed through debate, if now not controversy, over the legitimacy of utilizing strength. along the longstanding country perform of justifying use of strength is the expanding codification of criminal principles at the use of strength. during this quantity a number one workforce of foreign specialists reflect on the problems surrounding the legitimation of strength from numerous distinctive disciplinary views, together with political technology, legislation, heritage and philosophy. specifically, they learn the underlying query of no matter if and the way overseas society's conventional norms of sovereignty and non-intervention can coexist either with the hot norm of humanitarian intervention and with an more and more hegemonial (if no longer 'imperial') position performed by means of the us. what's the distinction among 'legality' and 'legitimacy'? Is the latter a very common proposal or mostly a Western one? Are prior rules approximately 'just struggle' nonetheless suitable?