Ukraine and the Challenges of International Law: Annexation, Aggression, Cyber Warfare

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Created: 2018-01-12 11:07
Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Description: Convenors

Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge)

Thomas Grant (University of Cambridge)

Bohdan Tokarskyi (University of Cambridge)



Summary

In February and March 2014 the world media were closely following the developments in Crimea as the Ukrainian peninsula was being, according to the qualification of the UN General Assembly, annexed, in real time. The occupation of Crimea proved to be a precursor to the military confrontations in Eastern Ukraine that have been taking place ever since. These crises, unfolding in the aftermath of the Maidan revolution, have not only violated the sovereignty of an independent state, but also thereby jeopardised European security as a whole and shaken the very foundations of international law. Three years on, the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in the East of Ukraine have been dangerously normalised, and the discussion of the international law status of these events has become dormant. The series of the most recent alarming cyber attacks, directed against the infrastructure in Ukraine and beyond, have posed yet new critical questions to the system of international law.

Has international law missed its chance for action? Can it be an efficient tool of settlement at a time of crisis like this? To what extent our articulation and understanding of the events in Ukraine conforms to the vocabulary and principles of international law? And do some aspects of international legal system itself need to be revisited or even reloaded?

The conference seeks to address the complex set of pressing issues that international law and the international community have faced in view of a series of crises that have taken place on the territory of Ukraine since February 2014. Given the multi-faceted nature of these issues, the event will attempt to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on them. To this end, the conference will gather leading experts in international law, political science, information policy, and cyber security, and will serve as a forum for the discussion of the dynamic relationship between the situation in Ukraine and the development of international law, including the stakes of cyber warfare in Ukrainian context and beyond.
Website: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/27437
 

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Ukraine and the Challenges of International Law: Annexation, Aggression, Cyber Warfare - 4 December 2017 - Panel 1

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Panel 1: Expanding Frontline? Ukraine, International Law, and Cyber Security

Kenneth Geers (NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Taras Shevchenko National...

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Ukraine and the Challenges of International Law: Annexation, Aggression, Cyber Warfare - 4 December 2017 - Panel 2

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Panel 2: Crimea Nexus and Annexation

Thomas Grant (Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge)

'The Annexation of Crimea and International...

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Ukraine and the Challenges of International Law: Annexation, Aggression, Cyber Warfare - 4 December 2017 - Panel 3

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Panel 3: The Dynamics of a Hybrid War

Mykola Gnatovskyy (President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Taras Shevchenko National University)

'The...

Collection: Ukraine and the Challenges of International Law: Annexation, Aggression, Cyber Warfare

Institution: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Created: Fri 12 Jan 2018