Postliminium Law and Legal Definition

Postliminium is a term of public international law. The term invalidates all illegitimate acts that an occupant may have performed on a given territory after its recapture by the legitimate sovereign. For example, if an occupant has sold a private or public property when the land was under occupation of an enemy alien, the original owner can reclaim the property when the land is recaptured without paying any compensation. Postliminium also means the rule by which persons captured in war return to their original status when resorted to the jurisdiction of their own country.