No right to classified public whistleblowing

Eric R. Boot

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Given the crucial role unauthorized disclosures can play in uncovering grave government wrongdoing, it makes sense to search for a defense of justified cases of what I call “classified public whistleblowing.” The question that concerns me is what form such a defense should take. The main claim will be a negative one, namely, that a defense of whistleblowing cannot be based on individual rights, be they legal or moral, though this is indeed the most commonly proposed defense. In closing, I will outline a more appealing alternative, namely, a justification defense.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-85
Number of pages16
JournalRatio Juris
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


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