Suspension of Hostilities
MAX PLANCK ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW, Rüdiger Wolfrum, ed., Oxford University Press, 2012.
5 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 1, 2011
This entry discusses the concept and definition of the doctrine of suspension of hostilities and its varied relativities, in time and geographical scope. It considers the state practice of suspension of hostilities, either by UN order or following agreement between states, which can be denunciated or breached. The significance of the doctrine is in its historical role in the instigation of a reconciliation process between belligerents and the overall advancement of peace.
Keywords: armed forces, aggression, self-defence, conduct of hostilities, prisoners of war, belligerence
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