belligerent rights

belligerent rights
Those peculiar rights recognized and sanctioned by the laws of war, which are exercised by a nation, power, or state as a means for carrying on a war. These are not unlimited under the law. It is not with the authority of law that a belligerent runs rampant in the world, killing both combatants and noncombatants, old men, women, and children. There are conventions, treaties, and unwritten principles of international law limiting the rights of belligerents by defining the laws and customs of war on land, sea, and in the air in the interest of humanity. 56 Am J1st War § 12.

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