law of war


law of war
That part of international law that regulates the conduct of armed hostilities. Also called the law of armed conflict. See also rules of engagement.

Military dictionary. 2000.

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  • law of war — That part of the law of nations which prescribes for, and regulates the conduct of, war and the status, rights and duties of enemy nations and of enemy individuals. Ex parte Quirin, 317 US I, 87 L Ed 3, 63 S Ct 2 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • law of war — the code that governs or one of the rules that govern the rights and duties of belligerents in international war chiefly affecting prisoners, spies, traitors, private property, blockades, and rights of capture * * * rules or a code of rules… …   Useful english dictionary

  • law of war — Date: 1709 the code that governs or one of the rules that govern the rights and duties of belligerents in international war …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • law of war — rules or a code of rules governing the rights and duties of belligerents in an international war. Cf. Geneva Convention. [1945 50] * * * …   Universalium

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  • war crime — n: an act committed usu. during an international war for which individual criminal liability will be imposed by a domestic or international tribunal; specif: a violation of the laws or customs of war as embodied or recognized by international… …   Law dictionary

  • law of nations — law of na·tions: jus gentium Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. law of nations …   Law dictionary

  • war criminal — n: an individual who has committed a war crime Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary