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Part II Commentaries to Typical Sofa Rules, 11 Dependents

Mette Prassé Hartov

From: The Handbook of the Law of Visiting Forces (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Dieter Fleck

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 May 2023

Military assistance — Military matters

This chapter looks at the status provided to dependents under the NATO SOFA and supplementary agreements. The NATO SOFA definition identifies eligible dependents as the spouse of a member of a force or civilian component and children of a member of a force or civilian component when depending on their support. The principal definition excludes all other family members. To compensate for this, the definition has been broadened in supplementary agreements to both the NATO SOFA and to the Paris Protocol, as well as in national legislation. The common feature of these wider definitions is that factual dependents are included in the definition, i.e. persons/relatives who are dependent on the support of a member of the force or a member of a civilian component.

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