Trading with the enemy

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Trading with the enemy is a legal term of English origin that is used with a number of related meanings. It refers to:

  1. An offence at common law and under statute
  2. A ground for condemnation of ships in prize proceedings
  3. A ground for illegality and nullity in contract[1]

United Kingdom[edit]

The statutory offence is now created by section 1 of the Trading with the Enemy Act 1939.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McNair, Sir Arnold Duncan. Legal Effects of War. Second Edition. Cambridge University Press. 1944. Chapter 7.