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Kicking Bodies and Damning Souls: The Danger of Harming “Innocent” Individuals While Punishing “Delinquent” States


  • Toni Erskine

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    • *An earlier version of this article was presented at the panel “Responding to ‘Delinquent’ Institutions in International Relations” at the 2006 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in San Diego, California, March 22–25, and at “‘No Soul to Be Damned, No Body to Be Kicked’: Responding to ‘Delinquent’ Institutions in International Relations,” the 4th Workshop of the British Academy Network on Ethics, Institutions, and International Relations, Aberystwyth University, July 2007. Subsequent versions were presented at: Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada; Bielefeld University, Germany; the European University Institute, Florence, Italy; the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom; the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada; Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland; the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; Warwick University, United Kingdom; and Oxford University, United Kingdom. I am very grateful for the invitations to present this argument as it evolved, and for the stimulating questions and comments I received from the audience at each venue. I would also like to thank Susanna Karlsson, Cian O’Driscoll, and this journal's editors and five anonymous reviewers for their valuable suggestions on the penultimate version of this article. Finally, I owe a debt of gratitude to Anthony Lang, Larry May, Jonathan Leader Maynard, Onora O’Neill, and Jennifer Welsh for generous advice on specific points.