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


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