What is a Declaration of War?

Introduction A declaration of war is a formal act by which one state goes to war against another. The declaration is a performative speech act (or the signing of a document) by an authorised party of a national government, in order to create a state of war between two or more states. The legality of… Read More

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What is an Undeclared War?

Introduction An undeclared war is military conflict between two or more nations without either side issuing a formal declaration of war. Overview The term is sometimes used to include any disagreement or conflict fought about without an official declaration. Since the United Nations police action in Korea, a number of democratic governments have pursued disciplinary… Read More

A Declaration of War!

Declaration of War required: The contracting parties recognise that hostilities between themselves must not commence without previous and’explicit warning in the form either of a reasoned declaration of war or of an ultimatum accompanied by a conditional declaration of war. The framers of the Hague Rules were agreed to one rule, namely, that an attack… Read More