International Rules on Violence

Violence is central to an understanding of human subjectivity and social interaction; modern subjectivity in particular cannot be understood without reference to organized violence. Modern societies have produced highly developed organizational mechanisms and ideological doctrines that allow for organized violence in general and war in particular (Malesevic, p. 4). In fact the relation between the modern state and organized violence has been widely studied (Giddens, 1985) and the classical weberian definition of the modern state stresses its capacity to monopolize the legitimate use of violence within given territorial boundaries (Weber, 1919). The study of international relations in particular has been marked by the idea that organized violence is a feature of the anarchic system or society.