1 The regime known as belligerent occupation refers to a situation where the forces of one or more States exercise effective control over a territory of another State without the latter State’s volition. Because such control has often been the outcome of the exercise of military force, this regime has been titled ‘belligerent’ occupation, whereas occupation that received the consent of the sovereign is termed ‘pacific’ occupation (Occupation, Pacific). However, at least since the adoption of the Geneva Conventions I–IV (1949) the regime of belligerent occupation...
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