Necessity as ‘justification’ or as an ‘excuse’ and the Palestinian Authority

There is much debate whether necessity can be invoked as a justification for wrongful act making of an unlawful action, a legal one, or as an excuse, thus absolving the perpetrator from the responsibility of violating a rule.
I read a quote from J.L. Austin that distinguishes between the two ways to look at necessity: “In the one defense justification], briefly, we accept responsibility but deny that is was bad; in the other, [excuse], we admit that it was bad but don’t accept full, or even any, responsibility.” John L. Austin, A Plea for Excuses, 57 PROC. OF THE ARISTOTELIAN Soc’Y 1 (1957). Cited in: Johnstone, Ian. “The Plea of “Necessity” in International Legal Discourse: Humanitarian Intervention and Counter-terrorism.” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 43 (2005), p. 350. Continue reading Necessity as ‘justification’ or as an ‘excuse’ and the Palestinian Authority