Interview with Yishai Beer

In this episode of EJIL: Live! the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Professor Joseph Weiler, speaks with Professor Yishai Beer, from the Radzyner School of Law in Israel, about his provocative and controversial article, "Humanity Considerations Cannot Reduce War’s Hazards Alone: Revitalizing the Concept of Military Necessity”, which appears in EJIL, Volume 26, Issue 4. Professor Beer argues that there is an artificial tension between military necessity and humanity in the law of armed conflict. Military professionalism, he maintains, can act as a constraint on the brutal use of force and can better help to achieve the objectives of humanitarian law. The conversation explores the implications and risks involved in Professor Beer’s proposal to revitalize the concept of military necessity. The interview was recorded at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center, Israel. Comments and reactions to EJIL: Live! episodes are welcome, and may be submitted to our blog, EJIL: Talk!

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