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'Political Self-Determination and Wars of National Defense' by Professor Massimo Renzo


Congratulations to Professor Massimo Renzo, whose paper has has recently appeared in the Journal of Moral Philosophy.

Professor Renzo's paper "Political Self-Determination and Wars of National Defense", discusses a war of national defense is a war waged by a victim state to defend itself against an attack whose ultimate aim is not to kill any of the members of V, but rather to acquire control over certain “political goods” belonging to V. These political goods include one or more of the following: the control of V’s political institutions; the imposition of certain political and cultural values on V’s population; the acquisition of V’s territory; the seizure of V’s natural resources. To be sure, the aggressing state (A) is ready to kill the members of V, but only if they aptempt to resist A's aggression. 

The full paper can be found here.

The Journal of Moral Philosophy is a peer-reviewed journal of moral, political and legal philosophy with an international focus. It publishes articles in all areas of normative philosophy, including pure and applied ethics, as well as moral, legal, and political theory.


About Professor Massimo Renzo

Professor Massimo Renzo joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in July, 2015 as a Reader in Politics, Philosophy & Law. Previously he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and before that, a Lecturer at the York Law School. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, the universities of Virginia and Arizona, the Centre for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute (Tulane University) and Osgoode Hall’s Nathanson Centre for Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security. Professor Renzo is an affiliated researcher at the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War & Peace and the Honorary Secretary of the Society for Applied Philosophy. He is also one of the editors of the journal Criminal Law and Philosophy.