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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Regime Change

Gregory H Fox

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 11 August 2020

Statehood, jurisdiction of states, organs of states — Use of force, war, peace and neutrality

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

1 Changes to national governments, or ‘regime change’, occur in a wide variety of circumstances. Only a few command the attention of public international law. Generally these cases involve external actors, such as other States or international organizations, seeking to replace national leaders by the use of force. The most obvious example would be military intervention to depose an incumbent government. Regime change may result in the ouster of particular leaders or, more commonly, an entire system or apparatus of government. One of the more common recent...
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