The Case Against Humane War: Lecture in Honor of Professor Henry Shue

Samuel Moyn, Henry R Luce Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School and Professor of History at Yale University, will give a lecture at the School in honour of Professor Henry Shue. He will survey Leo Tolstoy’s still-relevant criticism of attempts to make war more humane through international law. Tolstoy’s criticism remained constant despite shifting reasons and the almost total change in his career, and he argued for the pursuit of alternatives to ‘more humane’ war. The lecture will conclude by assessing the relevance of Tolstoy’s attack on humane war to the ‘forever wars’ of today.