CALVO DOCTRINE - Black's Law Dictionary

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The doctrine stated by the Argentine jurist, Carlos Calvo, that a government is not bound to indemnify aliens for losses or injuries sustained by them in consequence of domestic disturbances or civil war, where the state is not at fault, and that therefore foreign states are not justified in intervening, by force or otherwise, to secure the settlement of claims of their citizens on account of such losses or injuries. Such intervention, Calvo says, is not in accordance with the practice of European States towards one another, and is contrary to the principle of state sovereignty. 3 Calvo §§ 1280, 1297. The Calvo Doctrine is to be distinguished from the Drago Doctrine (q. v.).

See 18 Green Bag 377.



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