Military ethics is a broadly interdisciplinary study, incorporating concerns about the conduct of war, decisions on how and when to engage in military operations, and issues relating to the moral psychology and care of those who serve and of veterans of military service. Traditional just war theory also plays a key role in international relations (political and moral philosophy governing when the use of military force is justified for the resolution of international conflicts) and international law (including Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) and international humanitarian law).
Military ethics focuses on the core values and moral principles that collectively govern the men and women serving in the military forces of nations around the world, as members of what is sometimes termed the “military profession” or “the profession of arms.” The ethical foundations that define the profession of arms have developed over millennia from the shared values and experiences, unique role responsibilities, and reflections of members of the profession on their own practices – eventually coming to serve as the basis for various warrior codes and the LOAC.
Military Ethics at CWRU
Case Western Reserve University's College of Arts and Sciences and School of Law introduced the first master's program in military ethics in the United States in 2017. Learn more about program requirements, curriculum, and program students and graduates here.
January 20, 2020 - Panel Discussion: "The US-Iran Crisis" hosted by Michael Scharf in a broadcast of "Talking Foreign Policy"
October 24, 2019: Military Medical Ethics: Battlefield Care for Compatriots, Host-Nation Nationals, and Captured Persons
March 28, 2019: McCain Conference - The Future of Military Values - Lt. General Chris Miller and Dr. Shannon French
April 1, 2019: War, International Law & Legitimacy
August 30, 2018: Ethics and Contemporary Conflict: Can the Just War Tradition still contribute anything useful to our understanding?
November 1, 2017 : If Aristotle Waged Cyber Warfare
October 27, 2010 - International Peace and War Summit: "The Ethics of War in the 21st Century: Law, Policy, and Practice"
- Ethics of War
- War Healing
- Causes of Conflict
- Children of Peace and War
- For Profit and For Peace
- PhDs, MDs, and DoDs
- Future of Peace and War
- Q&A with Panelists