Taking Care of Other People’s History?
In October 2022, Russian military vehicles pulled up in Kherson, then occupied by the Russian armed forces to surround and secure two buildings. This raid was not a counter-resistance operation...
A ‘Clear’ War Crime Against the Environment?
On the morning of June 6, 2023, the first news agencies reported that the Nova Kakhovka dam in the Russian-controlled area in southern Ukraine was destroyed. The spilling water masses...
- International Law and the Political
Beyond Black and White: Normative Ambiguities and the Delivery of Cluster Bombs
Following the decision by the United States of America to provide cluster bombs to Ukraine, a contentious public and academic discourse has emerged, centering on the legality and legitimacy of...
Should Third States Follow Ukraine’s Lead and Confiscate Russian State Assets?
On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale attack against Ukraine. Reconstruction and recovery needs are estimated at over 400 billion USD. A potential source for rapid compensation is the...
Heads of States Before the ICC
On the 17th of March 2023, the International Criminal Court (ICC, Court) issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, Commissioner for Children's Rights, for...
The OSCE Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is currently facing unprecedented difficulties created by one of its participating States, namely Russia. When Russia launched its full-scale invasion of...
Military Success > Global Food Security
"The right to food is not the right to be nourished, but first and foremost the right to nourish oneself in dignity from one's own resources", Jean Ziegler However, the...
The Necessity of a Structural Investigation into the Cultural Genocide in Ukraine
Since the Russian invasion, both the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Federal Prosecutor's Office of Germany have started an investigation into events in Ukraine that...
Questions of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in Ukraine and the Netherlands v. Russia
On 25 January 2023, the European Court of Human Rights delivered its decision on the admissibility of the interstate complaints lodged by Ukraine and the Netherlands against Russia in relation...
The Violation of Ukrainian Refugees’ Right to Reproductive Self-Determination in Poland
Rape and sexualized violence have been employed throughout history as weapons in armed conflicts. The ongoing Russian war against Ukraine is no exception to a long tradition of sexualized violence,...
The Sham “Referenda” at Gunpoint
Despite ongoing fighting in the four partly occupied Ukrainian regions Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, “referenda” were held between 23 and 27 September 2022 under farcical modalities. Ballots were collected...
Less a Wave Than a Tsunami
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) faces an unprecedented procedural situation in the Ukraine v. Russia case, as a result of the never-before-seen number of states intervening in the case...
The ICJ’s Only Friend in Ukraine v. Russia
On 18 August 2022, the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’ or ‘the Court’) issued a press statement announcing that the European Union (‘EU’ or the ‘Union’) had furnished the Court...
Between Accuracy and Dignity
According to several news organizations, the Ukrainian forces use the facial recognition software Clearview AI to identify deceased Russian combatants in order to inform families about their kin’s death (here,...
Zwischen normativem Anspruch und prozessualer Wirklichkeit – Teil II
Der erste Teil dieses Beitrags ist hier erschienen. Die prozessuale Hürde: Immunitäten Größter Vorteil – und größter Streitpunkt – einer internationalisierten Strafverfolgung ist die potentielle Umgehung von Immunitäten. Während...
Zwischen normativem Anspruch und prozessualer Wirklichkeit – Teil I
Seit am 24.02.2022 russische Truppen in die Ukraine einmarschiert sind, scheint das Völkerstrafrecht eine Renaissance zu erleben. Der Internationale Strafgerichtshof (IStGH) nahm bereits wenige Tage nach Kriegsbeginn Ermittlungen auf, eine...
Imploding Protection Through Exploding Norms?
On August 4th 2022, Amnesty International published a report criticising the tactics of the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) for endangering civilians by launching attacks and placing military targets in populated...
No Purchase, No Requisition, No Seizure
Grain plays a crucial role in the war in Ukraine. Not only is Russia blocking Ukrainian grain exports and thereby causing a risk of a world-wide food crisis. In addition,...
Der russische Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine ist zu einem Zermürbungskrieg im Osten des Landes geworden. Seine Fortdauer kostet jeden Tag unzählige Menschenleben. Dennoch zeigt sich gerade in Hinblick auf die...
#16 Krieg in der Ukraine
Russland hat die Ukraine angegriffen. Wir besprechen in dieser Folge, was das für das Völkerrecht bedeutet. Isabel Lischewski erklärt im Grundlagenteil, wann der Internationale Gerichtshof für Streitigkeiten zwischen Staaten...