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Le tyrannicide en droit international

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It is interesting to note at the outset that, in political thought, the theory of tyrannicide emerged independently of theories of democratic legitimacy. It usually process theories about dynastic legitimacy and the idea that it is permissible to kill a non-legitimate prince. In this sense, the theory of tyrannicide is sometimes confused with theories and theories of regicide beautiful Monarch. The debate on tyrannicide was the subject of intense debate between scholastic theologians; Thomas Aquinas proposed to distinguish the usurper, who could always be killed, the legitimate prince exercising its power adversely, which could not be killed. Considered in this light, tyrannicide problem raises the question of the right to life of the tyrant. Given the emergence of rules on democracy, we must also note that the tyrannical regime can be generally regarded as an illegal political regime. It would be false to claim that the question of tyrannicide in international law can be considered only in terms of the right to life or that of democracy.

Keywords: theory of tyrannicide; democratic legitimacy; right to life; tyrannical state; international law



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