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n.1.(Rom. Antiq.) The return to his own country, and his former privileges, of a person who had gone to sojourn in a foreign country, or had been banished, or taken by an enemy.
2.(Internat. Law) The right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former state when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
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Finally, the law of nations is not static; for example, it would be absurd to apply anachronistic 18th century concepts such as postliminium or marque and reprisal to cases arising out of 21st century issues such as terrorism and human rights.
This does not, however, affect the validity of the measures taken by the foreign authority, which are to be judged according to the doctrine of postliminium.
According to Hugo Grotius, postliminium is a "right which arises from a return to the threshold, that is, to the public boundaries.
Oppenheim, however, rightly states that the concept of postliminium leaves unaffected those acts of the former occupying power "connected with the occupied territory and with the individuals and property thereon" if they were in conformity with the applicable law.