Security Institutions, Use of Force and the State: A Moral Framework

Shannon Ford

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


    This thesis examines the key moral principles that should govern decision-making by police and military when using lethal force. To this end, it provides an ethical analysis of the following question: Under what circumstances, if any, is it morally justified for the agents of state-sanctioned security institutions to use lethal force, in particular the police and the military? Recent literature in this area suggests that modern conflicts involve new and unique features that render conventional ways of thinking about the ethics of armed conflict, and the use of lethal force, as inadequate or redundant. In particular, there is an increased concern with the moral difficulties created by “non-standard” cases. This is where the police or military are obliged to operate outside their conventional contexts. In such non-standard cases, on what moral basis can (or should) state actors – especially the police and military – use lethal force?
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Australian National University
    • Henschke, Adam, Principal Supervisor, External person
    • Legrand, Tim, Principal Supervisor, External person
    Award date01 Dec 2016
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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