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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, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 May 2021

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 Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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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