uti possidetis

noun
uti pos·​si·​de·​tis | \ ˈyü-tī-ˌpä-sə-ˈdē-təs, ˈü-tē-ˌpȯ-sē-ˈdā-tēs \

Legal Definition of uti possidetis

: a principle in international law that recognizes a peace treaty between parties as vesting each with the territory and property under its control unless otherwise stipulated

History and Etymology for uti possidetis

Late Latin, as you (now) possess (it); from the wording of an interdict in Roman law enjoining both parties in a suit to maintain the status quo until the decision

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“Uti possidetis.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/uti%20possidetis. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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