A Reduction of Jus ad Bellum and in Bello to Hobbes’ First and Second Fundamental Laws of Nature Respectively

In this paper, I argue that jus ad bellum and jus in bello are reducible without remainder to Hobbes’ axiomatic first and second fundamental laws of nature respectively. Consequently, all principles of jus ad bellum and jus in bello are derived from these axioms. And so a cause of or act of war is unjust if it cannot be reduced to these axioms. 

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