Uti Possidetis

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Uti Possidetis

A term used in International Law to indicate that the parties to a particular treaty are to retain possession of that which they forcibly seized during a war.

A treaty ending a war may adopt the principle of uti possidetis, the principle of status quo ante bellum (Latin for "the state of things before the war"), or a combination of the two. Upon a default of any treaty stipulation, the doctrine of uti possidetis prevails.

UTI POSSIDETIS. This phrase, which means as you possess, is used in international law to signify that the parties to a treaty are to retain possession of what they have acquired by force during the war.