Journal of Defense Studies and Resource ManagementISSN: 2324-9315

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Review Article, Def Stud Resour Manage Vol: 4 Issue: 2

Hume Philosophical-Policy and the International Law of Nuclear Weapons

Gillroy JM*

Department of International Relations, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA

*Corresponding Author : John Martin Gillroy
Professor of International Relations, Lehigh University , Bethlehem, PA, USA
Fax: 610-758-3393

Received: November 02, 2015 Accepted: May 12, 2016 Published: May 17, 2016

Citation: Gillroy JM (2016) Hume Philosophical-Policy and the International Law of Nuclear Weapons. J Def Stud Resour Manage 4:2. doi: 10.4172/2324-9315.1000128


The goal of philosophical method is the construction of a comprehensive policy argument (CPA) for a public policy or legal issue. In addition to the conventional use of empirical models and their logic of investigation in the study of policy and law, CPA requires that an underlying philosophical logic of concepts be deciphered in terms of the ideas within the issue, their definition, overlap and systematic interdependence. In this working paper, I will employ a logic of concepts from David Hume?s Philosophical-Policy to provide a unique and more complete logic of legal investigation for the illumination of the ICJ Advisory Opinion On The Legality of Nuclear Weapons.

Keywords: Nuclear weapons; Global humanitarian law; International Court of Justice

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