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date: 18 February 2019

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This chapter examines the law of neutrality in international armed conflict. It explains that the law of neutrality is a law emanating from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but has never been formally adapted since the Hague Conventions of 1907. It discusses the core duty of a neutral state which is to refrain from supporting warring parties through military means and its right to require the states in conflict to respect its neutrality, including its neutral territory. This chapter also considers the concepts of temporary and permanent neutrality and considers the distinction of neutral states from non-belligerent, non-aligned or ‘bloc free’ states.

Keywords: law of neutrality, armed conflict, neutral state, neutral territory, non-belligerent states, non-aligned states, bloc free states

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