- Strengths of the Just War Theory
- It attempts to protect innocent civilians from warfare.
- It encourages combatants to predict the moral implications of their actions.
- It is a universal theory.
- It defines the conditions under which violebce may be used.
- It combines the wisdom of philosophers over the centuries e.g. St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.
- It's easy to distinguish if the conflict is just.
- Tries to avoid war at all costs (last resort).
- It's a flexible theory which grows and develops with the times.