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Part III Legal Regimes, Ch.10 The Law of Neutrality

Paul Seger

From: The Oxford Handbook of International Law in Armed Conflict

Edited By: Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, Tom Haeck (Assistant Editor), Alice Priddy (Assistant Editor)

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 May 2024

Armed conflict — Neutrality and non-alignment — Belligerents
In today’s world, the term ‘neutrality’ is used and understood as a concept of foreign policy rather than a legal norm. In common language it means not taking sides, being impartial or even indifferent to one party’s side or cause. More often than not, it is also associated with political isolationism which gives it a negative connotation. While neutrality, as generally understood, may cover a wide range of behaviour, the law of neutrality is not only narrower, but also more precise in its scope. First, the duties and rights of neutrality only apply to sovereign...
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