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Does “Russian international law” have an international academic future?

Published on September 21, 2015        Author: 

Since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, we have had a chance to hear quite a few arguments advanced by Russian scholars at various legal conferences and law journals (see, for example, here and here) regarding the situation in Crimea, all purporting to justify the annexation of the peninsula by Russia. Most of these arguments have not been met with approval by international scholars.

With the Russian government’s current aggressive rollback to Soviet foreign policy, the post-Soviet doctrine of international law is back in the spotlight and requires, it appears, a fair amount of commentary.

A perfectly timed, thoughtful study by Lauri Malksoo, Russian Approaches to International Law, which was published this year, undoubtedly serves this purpose extremely well. A detailed overview of Russian lawyers’ positions on Crimea was also given by Anton Moiseienko about a year ago.

In this post I would like to add some reflections on the situation as seen from within Russia, albeit not from inside Russian academic circles. Read the rest of this entry…