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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Military Forces Abroad

Thomas Desch

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 February 2020

Subject(s):
Armed forces — Military assistance — Self-defence — Conduct of hostilities — Armed conflict — Customary international law — State practice

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

1 Military Forces Abroad (‘MFA’) means the presence of armed forces personnel of a State on the territory of another State to fulfil official duties. The presence of MFA in res communis areas, such as the high seas or Antarctica, is not further elaborated here as the respective rules are dealt with in other articles. Military forces are being sent abroad for a variety of purposes such as peacetime transit; training exercises or routine alliance stationing; for crisis-response operations, such as disaster relief, search and rescue, or peacekeeping operations;...
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