Loqman Radpey


Dr. Loqman Radpey is a researcher of the Edinburgh Centre for International and Global Law (ECIGL) at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Since 2012, he has studied and written extensively on Kurdistan and statehood, self-determination and the Kurds, the use of force in Rojava (Western Kurdistan), the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Rojava’s democratic confederalism, and the legal status of the Kurdish territories in international law. The ‘Social Contract’ (known as the constitution) of Rojava and the right to self-determination in Ukraine has been another main focus of his research. His writings have appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as the Chinese Journal of International Law, ASIL Insights, Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, and Nationalities Papers, Opinio Juris, being among the most read and cited in those publications.

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Remedial Peoplehood: Russia’s New Theory on Self-Determination in International Law and its Ramifications beyond Ukraine

The evolution of samoopredelenie or self-determination dates back to the early 20th century when these terms were used by the Russian Bolsheviks and the West respectively to advance ideological and political objectives. Now once again the concept of self-determination and its subject, i.e., people, have been variously invoked to justify support for the people of Ukraine writ large,…

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