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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