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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, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 October 2019

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

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

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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