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Is Maldives banning Israelis a form of 'collective punishment' and therefore illegal?

According to an article in the Guardian the Maldives are going to ban Israelis from visiting. According to a quote in wikipedia... International law posits that no person may be punished for acts ...
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Are parole agreements between PoWs and their captors legally binding?

It seems at one point to not have been unheard of for a prisoner of war to sign a parole agreement with their captor, independent of their own country's command structure. In the American Civil War, ...
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Elections under foreign occupation

The five-year term of Ukraine's current President is nearing its end and foreign allies are pressuring the country to conduct new elections -- despite the logistical nightmare of both campaigning and ...
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Is there a specific law protecting undersea cables?

It is in the news that the Yemeni republic are saying the Houthis may target the undersea communication cables that run through the red sea. Shipping is protected by specific international treaties ...
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How do war survivors claim damages?

A Modern Example: Numerous Ukrainians survivors have had their homes destroyed by Russian missiles. If the Russian prevail in this conflict, then I would think that said survivors can not claim ...
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What legal character does the Istanbul document have?

The Budapest memorandum and the Istanbul document are two important documents thought to guarantee security & stability in the regions of the former Soviet Union. 1 The Instanbul documents states: ...
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Is a civilian protected by law of war if they may provide a vital information to their military and cannot be detained?

The general rule is that civilians are protected persons in military conflicts. But civilian casualties can be excused if associated with military necessity. I can easily imagine a situation, in ...
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Was UN security council resolution 242 binding?

From what I understand, UN security council resolutions are binding, in contrast to general assembly resolutions which are not. This fine page from Cambridge, which is a body that is generally trusted ...
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Would Ukraine have legal grounds to declare war on Belarus as well? [closed]

Given the vulnerability in the Russian command and control system right now, some people are thinking that Ukraine should depose Lukashenko as well. Regardless of whether this would be a good idea or ...
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Is it legal to execute deserters (who deserted during a war) after a war has ended?

The documentary The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987) follows what happened to two Japanese soldiers who (possibly) deserted during the war and were (possibly) executed afterwards. In the context ...
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Does international law permit counterterrorist invasions under any circumstances?

Or is it the case that if a nation considers some non-state group to be a threat to its security, international law only permits the host state of that group to undertake hostile measures against that ...
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What laws, if any, prevent a private individual from overthrowing or helping to overthrow another country´s government?

Could be personally participating in the overthrow, financing it, sending them weapons otherwise purchased and shipped legally, giving them intelligence, cracking into their computer networks to shut ...
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Does Hezbollah break Lebanese law by attacking Israel?

Since the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel, Hezbollah has launched 670 attacks on Israel in support of Hamas. This violates the UNSC decision 1701, which calls for a full cessation of hostilities ...
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Are there countries in which the "price" paid in a prisoner exchange deals is restricted by law?

When terrorist organizations capture hostages, sometimes the captives' country tries to negotiate a deal, which often includes prisoner exchange. The "price" for such deals may be very high. ...
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Is it legal to commit war crimes if the other party in a war commited a war crime first?

Generally, you are not allowed to hit someone with a baseball bat, but if you are robbed at gunpoint, in most jurisdictions that ban no longer applies because the other party has already committed a ...
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Are there consistent precedents for “acts of war”?

I don’t know the details of how it happened, but I am pretty sure the assassination of Osama bin Laden required presidential authorization from Barack Obama (I don’t know why, though - if it were an ...
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Is it war crime to drop drugs onto enemy's positions during warfare?

Is it war crime to drop drugs onto enemy's positions during warfare? I think, this is not considered chemical warfare. Of course, one can try to drop poition diguised as drugs, but this will be ...
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How far "down" do war crimes go?

South Africa has filed a case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) alleging that Israel is engaging in "genocidal acts" in Gaza. We have had cases where relatively low level people ...
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Would it be illegal outside of Russia to do mess with and troll their government and officials? [duplicate]

EG black faxing their offices, catfishing governors and Duma members and judges to relieve them of their money, draining their bank accounts, causing general pandaemonium, etc, so as to be able to ...
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