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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Peace Settlements after World War II

Felix Arndt

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 14 August 2020

Peace treaties — Occupation — Armed conflict — Since World War II

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 While the concept of a formal state of war has lost its significance in international law and has been replaced by the notion of armed conflict (Armed Conflict, International), the transition after an armed conflict remains a complex issue. Peace is not established immediately after the cessation of hostilities. Rather the end of fighting marks the beginning of a process that hopefully leads to a sustainable and peaceful arrangement. With respect to the settlement of issues arising out of a war, two types of development can be distinguished. First, these issues...
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