Antonios Tzanakopoulos

About/Bio

Antonios Tzanakopoulos is Associate Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Anne’s College. He is the Secretary-General of the International Law Association and a Door Tenant at Three Stone Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn.

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Aerial Incident of 23 May 2021: Belarus and the Ryanair Flight 4978

It was widely reported on Sunday that the government of Belarus forced a Ryanair flight bound for Vilnius to land in Minsk on account of a ‘potential security risk’. The flight was escorted to Minsk by Belarussian MiG-29 fighters. As the BBC put it: Flight FR4978 was en route…

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Use of Force in Self-Defence to Recover Occupied Territory: When Is It Permissible?

In a recent piece on Just Security, Tom Ruys and Felipe Rodríguez Silvestre argue that a state whose territory is unlawfully occupied by another state does not have the right to use of force in self-defence to recover the occupied territory. The post considered the position in relation to the recent armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan…

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Book Symposium: Comparative Reasoning in International Courts and Tribunals

Lawyers are obsessed with interpretation and international lawyers are no exception. Perhaps there is a good reason for that, but that is not the point of this post. There are different trends in scholarship that emerge at different times, and different sub-trends especially on interpretation, be that ‘systemic integration’ as per 31(3)(c) of the Vienna Convention on the…

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