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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Neutrality in Naval Warfare

J Ashley Roach

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 29 May 2020

Neutrality and non-alignment — Armed conflict — Necessity — Armed forces — Warfare, sea — Ships / vessels — Internal waters — Territorial sea — Baselines — Straits — Geneva Conventions 1949

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 law of neutrality (Neutrality, Concept and General Rules) developed in recognition of the fact that, during war between belligerent nations, other nations did not want to be involved in the conflict. The law developed to protect those nations from suffering the effects of a war in which they did not want to be involved. In doing so, the law provided certain rights to neutral nations and corresponding duties on them, while at the same time providing reciprocal rights and duties on the belligerents vis-à-vis the neutrals. 2 The law of neutrality at sea has...
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