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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Wars of National Liberation

David W Glazier

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 06 December 2021

Subject(s):
Prisoners of war — National liberation movements — Aggression — Self-defence — Armed conflict, non-international

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 A war of national liberation is an armed conflict contested between members of a stateless people, or national liberation movement, seeking their independence, and a colonial or occupying power, or racist regime, controlling the territory for which independence is sought (National Liberation Movements). The concept was developed during the 20th century in the context of competition between socialist and capitalist States, and between colonial powers and emerging nationalist movements.2 Originally a descriptive term, wars of national liberation took on legal...
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