An Ethical and Judicial Framework for Mercy Killing on the Battlefield

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As a follow-up to Stephen Deakin's analysis on the ethics of mercy killing on the battlefield in this journal, this article proposes a moral justification for this type of action, as well as a judicial framework that could clarify what qualifies as such morally permissible action. Based upon contemporary cases, it argues that the current military codes of conduct are incoherent when it comes to the punishment of soldiers who commit mercy killings, and that the military codes of justice should be amended accordingly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-239
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Military Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • ethical disobedience
  • ethical paradox
  • Mercy killing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy

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