law of war


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Related to law of war: Law of armed conflict, Rules of war

law′ of war′


n.
a code of rules governing the rights and duties of belligerents in an international war.
[1945–50]

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.
References in classic literature ?
"Certainly; and on the other hand, my lord, you have lost it, and now, in accordance with the law of war, sir, you must buy it back again."
supra note 190, at 180-81 ("As the international law of war is part
code, law of war, or local penal law of an occupied territory which the
law of war as including that part of the law of nations which
Although persons and objects that are protected by the law of war may not be used inthese ways, this rule does not prohibit a party from using what would otherwise be a civilian object for military purposes and thereby converting it to a military objective that is not protected by the law of war.
The USDOD Manual further interprets the law of war under Protected Persons or Objects to Deter Enemy Military Operations in this manner:
This view of The Law of War should not be understood as a criticism.
An example of the strength of The Law of War is the discussion of the proportionality rule as it applies to conducting military attacks.
the Law of War Manual is devoted to the Conduct of Hostilities.
war." (36) The Law of War Manual contains a specific list of
breaches" of the Law of War, do not clearly articulate how a
violation of Law of War targeting requirements can amount to such a