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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Ceasefire

Christine Bell

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 04 August 2020

Subject(s):
Aggression — Armed forces — Belligerence — Peace keeping — Armed conflict — Conduct of hostilities — Prisoners of war — Internally displaced persons

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

1 The term ceasefire literally means to cease firing. There is no official legal definition of ceasefire, but it can be defined as a ‘suspension of acts of violence by military and paramilitary forces, usually resulting from the intervention of a third party’ (Bailey [1982] 37). A ceasefire signals an attempt to reach a more comprehensive and permanent settlement of an armed conflict. Ceasefires can be unilateral: a party can declare a ceasefire without seeking a ceasefire from the other side. More commonly ceasefires are agreed between warring parties...
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