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A brief summary; the minutes of a meeting; the etiquette of diplomacy.

Protocol refers to a summarized document or the minutes of a meeting that are initialed by the parties present to indicate the accuracy of the document or minutes.

Protocol is a section of the department of state that is responsible for advising the government, the president, the vice president, and the Secretary of State on matters of diplomatic procedure governed by law or international custom and practice. Protocol is the method of officially ranking or receiving government officials.


(Agreement), noun arrangement, charter, compact, concord, concordat, contract, covenant, diplooatic agreement, pact, stipulation, treaty, understanding


(Etiquette), noun behavior, ceremony, code, code of behavior, conventional practice, correct behavior, correctitude, correctness, courtesy, customs, decorum, dictates, diplomatic code, form, good behavior, good form, good manners, manners, politeness, practice, prevailing form, proper behavior, proprieties, punctilio, regulations, rules, set of rules, set of standards, system of rules
See also: bill, decorum, guide, mode, practice, procedure, rule, treaty


an addition or supplement to a treaty.

PROTOCOL, civil law, international law. A record or register. Among the Romans, protocollunt was a writing at the head of the first page of the paper used by the notaries or tabellions. Nov. 44.
     2. In France the minutes of notarial acts were formerly transcribed on registers, which were called protocols. Toull. Dr. Civ. Fr. liv. 3, t. 3, c. 6, s. 1, n. 413.
     3. By the German law it signifies the minutes of any transaction. Eneye. Amer. Protocol. In the latter sense the word has of late been received into international law. Ibid.

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Defenders of the Geneva Protocol welcomed such a forceful statement of support.
17) In short, Congress understood that the 1925 Geneva Protocol was seriously flawed because it did not address the breakout problem.
The 1992 Chemical Weapons Convention, signed by 188 nations, expanded the Geneva Protocol by banning possession (not just use) of chemical weapons.
144) Thus, according to domestic law, the law applicable to the United States' armed conflict with Al Qaeda is Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, custom, domestic law, and Additional Geneva Protocol II.
287 [hereinafter Geneva Convention IV]; Geneva Protocol I, supra note 9, art.
One of the Department's smallest offices is tasked with one complicated mission: analyzing and understanding the 1972 Biological and Toxins Weapons Convention and the 1925 Geneva Protocol.
Thank God, this principle, which the British first rejected, was later appreciated by them and has now become the main cornerstone of International Human Rights Law, otherwise known as the Geneva Protocol, of 12 August 1949, and subsequent addition, Protocol (2) of 1977.
50) and Additional Geneva Protocol I of 1977 (Geneva Protocol I), (51) with 167 State Parties.
The Geneva Protocol of 1925 was a no-first-use pledge not to use chemical or biological weapons.
1924 The Geneva Protocol was adopted as a means to strengthen the League of Nations.
The United States finally ratified the Geneva Protocol in 1975.
This paper examines the applicability of the 1925 Geneva Protocol and the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to the unconventional counterterrorist in the arena of the GWOT operations of today.