Innocent Attackers and Rights of Self-Defense Journal Article uri icon



  • Imagine that a neighboring state drafts an army of ignorant soldiers, makes them falsely believe that your state poses an imminent threat to their survival or political independence, and then launches them across your border. As a soldier, would you have a right to kill such attackers in self-defense or in defense of your country? In this brief comment, I will focus primarily on the question of whether one may kill “innocent attackers,” that is, individuals who pose a lethal threat through no moral fault of their own, but because they are acting under a combination of duress and nonculpable ignorance.

publication date

  • March 1, 2004

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Date in CU Experts

  • November 4, 2013 10:19 AM

Full Author List

  • Mapel DR

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  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0892-6794

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1747-7093

Additional Document Info

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  • 81

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  • 86


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