Definition of laws of war in US English:

laws of war

plural noun

  • International rules and conventions that limit the action of belligerents in a war or conflict.

    • ‘He offers instead a new philosophical system derived from three laws of war: the law of humanity, the law of economy, and the law of duality.’
    • ‘The intrinsic methods of recruitment and indoctrination of children entail massive violations of the laws of war.’
    • ‘One specialized field, the humanitarian laws of war, had long included rules regulating the conduct of war, the so-called jus in bello.’
    • ‘Soldiers also learned to abide by the laws of war and set more humane boundaries for future military operations to mitigate extreme cruelty.’
    • ‘For almost 100 years, Congress has given General Courts-Martial the jurisdiction to try persons suspected of violating the laws of war.’
    • ‘If they surrender, you must accord them their rights under the laws of war and international conventions.’
    • ‘In a majority opinion, the court concluded that he had failed to control the actions of his own troops - a violation of the laws of war and military conduct.’
    • ‘Duncan concludes with an especially relevant discussion on the laws of war.’
    • ‘Moreover, when society is challenged by the use of armed force, the laws of war and international humanitarian law provide ultimate protection of the right to life.’
    • ‘This does not mean that the laws of war and therefore the law of the military science are immutable and invariable.’
    • ‘In this connection it is necessary to specify the laws of war, which are of certain importance for the content and structure of military science.’
    • ‘Such conduct constitutes private international warfare, a deployment bereft of any legality under the laws of war.’
    • ‘If this were true, then the lieutenant would be free to disregard the laws of war and to torture the civilian.’
    • ‘The laws of war are meant to limit suffering and protect civilians and it is no accident that recruiting collaborators, for instance, is banned absolutely.’
    • ‘Instead, I'll opine once a week or so on matters regarding Constitutional law, international law, the laws of war, and maybe some diplomatic matters.’
    • ‘However, Article 18 also includes grant of power for such courts to try any person for violations of the laws of war, even those not subject to the punitive articles.’
    • ‘Will their activities still be subject to the standards laid down in the laws of war, most particularly the 1949 Geneva conventions?’
    • ‘Indeed, due process is usually reserved under the laws of war for those war criminals who are actually put on trial - not those who are merely detained.’
    • ‘Its very purpose - inflicting civilian casualties through surprise attack - violates the core principle of laws of war to spare innocent civilians and limit fighting to armed forces.’
    • ‘We train our soldiers in detail on the laws of war before deployment so they'll know the right thing to do.’