With a view to assessing the current state of armed neutrality, this chapter first provides a brief overview of the 'classical' law of neutrality, after which the impact on neutrality of UN collective security is introduced. The extent to which specific aspects of neutrality have survived in the contemporary era is next examined, after which the potential relevance of neutrality to other uses or state force, including, controversially, during non-international armed conflicts, is then considered. It is concluded that laws of neutrality remain viable in helping to resolve a very wide variety indeed of violent situations.
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