Civil War Law and Legal Definition

Civil war refers to a large-scale armed conflict within a country. It is usually fought for control of all or part of the state, for a greater share of political or economic power, or for the right to secede. A civil war may be brought to change government policies.

Requirements of a civil war include;

a. the party in revolt must be in possession of a part of the national territory;

b. the insurgents civil authority must exercise de facto authority over the population within the determinate portion of the national territory;

c. the insurgents must have some amount of recognition as a belligerent; and

d. the legal Government is obliged to have recourse to the regular military forces against insurgents organized as military.