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date: 02 March 2024

Stimson Doctrine 

A Dictionary of Law
Jonathan LawJonathan Law

In public international law, the doctrine that an aggressor cannot acquire territory by conquest alone. The doctrine was enunciated in 1931, when Japanese troops took over Manchuria, until then part of China, and set up the puppet state of Manchukuo. Almost all states considered that Japan was guilty of aggression and the US Secretary of State, Henry L. Stimson, announced that his government would not recognize any territorial changes brought about by force alone. The same principle informed the non-recognition resolution (662/1990) of the UN Security Council following the annexation of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990.... ...

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