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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Neutrality

Ioannis A Tassopoulos

Subject(s):
Constitutional processes — War — Tolerance

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Neutrality is about being ‘a third’ vis-à-vis a conflict between others. The claim of neutrality is a claim addressed to the belligerent parties to show respect for the choice of the neutral not to become involved in their conflict, under the condition, however, of strict impartiality of the neutral toward them. 2. Neutrality has both self-regarding and other-regarding aspects. The former involve the abstention and the disengagement of a third from the conflict between others; and, as such, it is voluntaristic in nature ( Walzer 234 )—a vindication of autonomy...
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