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Necroethics and rights in a world of shit
in Cinematic perspectives on international law
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Do films take rights seriously? This chapter argues that answering this question requires first examining underlying assumptions about what films do and the role of popular culture in the construction of socio-legal narratives. It moves on to argue that, rather than advocating the setting aside of humanitarian principles in pursuit of some vitally important ends, many films are best understood as depicting the moral dilemmas raised by the implementation of rights in extreme conditions and reflect some of the profound shifts that have recently occurred in the law and ethics of warfare. The chapter concludes with some thoughts on the danger of 'sanitizing' warfare and the role of films in unsettling the liberal intuition that war can be fought humanely.


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