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Inter arma silent leges  ēn´tār ar´ma sē´lānt lā´gās .  in´tɜr ar´mu sī´lent le´jēz . 

Guide to Latin in International Law

Aaron X. Fellmeth,

Maurice Horwitz

“Among arms, laws are silent.”A maxim meaning that, during a military emergency, civil laws may be suspended in deference to the national interest in self‐defense. Although this aphorism might seem to suggest that, during armed conflicts, the rule of law is seldom or never observed, the phrase self‐evidently does not originate in international law but rather in municipal law. An alternative formulation is ... ...

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