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Hadassa Noorda develops a theory of war applicable to conflicts with non-state actors such as Islamic State. Where just war theory traditionally focuses on states as actors in war, she moves beyond this narrow lens, arguing that active individual members of organized collectives with a political aim and receiving some level of popular support should be considered analogous to state-combatants and be assigned similar rights, duties, and obligations under the principles of war. She addresses the main themes for establishing conditions for the application of the principles of war to conflicts with non-state actors, including sovereignty of states, the discrimination principle, and prisoner of war status.

Event details of A theory of war that includes non-state actors
Date 27 October 2016
Time 16:00 -17:00
Location Agnietenkapel
Room Location

H.A. Noorda: Thinking War in the 21st Century. Introducing Non-State Actors in Just War Theory.


Prof. M. de Wilde


Dr R.H.M. Pierik


Room Location

Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam


This event is open to the public.