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...
Atom-Bombs in Belarus: Russia’s New Approach to Nuclear-Sharing and the NPT
The objective of the presentation is to discuss Russia’s plans to station nuclear weapons on Belarusian territory. Putting the focus on an evaluation of the recently announced plan’s legality under...
Russia‘s Withdrawal from New START
Following US President Biden’s surprise visit to Kyiv, Russian President Putin announced on 21 February 2023 the withdrawal from the New START Treaty – the last bilateral nuclear disarmament treaty...
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...
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...
Self-Determination as Faux Remedial Secession in Russia’s Annexation Policies
“Circumstances require us to take decisive and immediate action. The people’s republics of Donbass turned to Russia with a request for help. In this regard … I decided to conduct...
How ‘Nazis’ Stole the New Year
Several concerns have been raised about memory politics in Russia turning the memory of World War II (WWII) into an instrument that set the stage for the current war in...
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...
On Ceasefire Agreements and (Counter)Offensives
On September 13th 2022, hostilities broke out once again along the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia in connection with the long-lasting dispute for Nagorno-Karabakh. Reports estimate that heavy artillery shelling...
What Needs to Be Said
It seems these days that international law and its institutions are unable to keep power at bay. In recent times, the UN Security Council (SC) – one member in particular...
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,...
#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...