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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Armistice

Yoram Dinstein

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 April 2024

Subject(s):
Belligerence — Armed conflict — Aggression — Self-defence — Conduct of hostilities

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 An armistice is an agreement concluded between two or more States waging war against each other. The expression is not used in non-international armed conflicts. The purport of an armistice agreement has undergone a radical change in the last century. Until the World Wars, an armistice meant an agreement designed to bring about a mere suspension of hostilities between belligerent parties who remained locked in a state of war with each other, and the expression was synonymous with truce. In contemporary international law, the locution employed in the general...
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