Current Developments

Letting Go of Territorial Integrity: Getting Realism and Ideals Right on Ukraine

In my previous two posts (here and here), I looked at the problems of declaring Russia’s actions in Ukraine illegal – the dark side of law’s polycentrism. In this post, I consider the defective legal policy driving the Western response to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine – the West’s failed fixation on territorial integrity – and consider a better response to Ukraine’s contested future: the return of a repressed idealism. Western …

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International Law’s Rule of Five: Russia, Ukraine, and the Dark Side of Polycentrism

In my previous post, I looked at the obvious illegality of Russia’s actions in Ukraine – and the problems with that obviousness in the pluralistic cacophony of international law. In this post, I look at who’s to blame, and what’s to be done: more work for diplomats, less for lawyers. I. Bush’s Breakfast: Sow and Reap In domestic law, we have mechanisms for final decision. The storied US Supreme Court …

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Polycentrism’s Playground: Ukraine and Russia’s Implausible Deniability

In this post, the first in a series on the Ukrainian crisis, I look at the obvious illegality of Russia’s actions in Ukraine – and the problems with that obviousness in the pluralistic cacophony of international law. If Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hasn’t violated international law, it’s hard to see what would. Which means, unfortunately, that it’s hard to see what would. I. Obvious, Illegal After months of protests in …

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