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blue helmet

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — International Law.

The name given to forces in UN peacekeeping operations after the color of the helmets (or berets) worn. See UN, The Blue Helmets (2nd ed. 1990).

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booby-trap

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — International Law.

‘Booby-trap means any device or material which is designed, constructed or adapted to kill or injure and which functions unexpectedly when a person disturbs or approaches an apparently...

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Brezhnev Doctrine

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — International Law.

Following democratic reforms in Czechoslovakia and the consequent incursion by Soviet and other Eastern European forces to restore the status quo ante in 1968, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev...

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Caroline Affair

Overview page. Subjects: International Law — Warfare and Defence.

The destruction by burning and casting adrift on the Niagra river the USS Caroline in 1838 by loyal Canadians. The ship had been dispatched with supplies and ammunition to aid ...

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Chemical Weapons Convention

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — International Law.

Properly styled the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling, and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, the convention was adopted on 3...

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child soldiers

Overview page. Subjects: International Law — Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

It is an offence under the Statute of the International Criminal Court to conscript or enlist children under the age of fifteen in the armed forces or use them to participate actively in...

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civilian

Overview page. Subjects: International Law — Warfare and Defence.

Though the Fourth Geneva Convention of 12 August 1949 is entitled the Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (75 U.N.T.S. 287), neither it nor ...

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IFOR

Overview page. Subjects: International Law — Warfare and Defence.

An acronym for the Implementation Force, established by art. I(1)(a) of Annex 1—A of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (GFAP or Dayton Agreement) of 14 ...

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International Military Tribunal

Overview page. Subjects: International Law — Warfare and Defence.

There were two International Military Tribunals established in the immediate post-World War II period. The Nuremberg Tribunal was set up by the Agreement for the Prosecution and Punishment...

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jus ad bellum

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — International Law.

[Latin: right to war]

The right to wage war.

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