Pavle Kilibarda


Pavle Kilibarda is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva and a teaching assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. He has formerly worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, which provides legal assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers in Serbia. He has written in the areas of public international law, refugee and human rights law. All opinions expressed in his writings are exclusively his own and do not reflect the position of any organization.

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Was Russia’s Recognition of the Separatist Republics in Ukraine ‘Manifestly’ Unlawful?

In this post I will not be addressing the legality of Russia’s use of force against Ukraine, but that of its recognition of the separatist republics in Ukraine as independent States. This recognition has been described by numerous other States as not only unlawful, but as a manifest or flagrant breach of international law. For example, the words…

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Turkey, Aggression, and the Right to Life Under the ECHR: A Reaction to Professor Haque’s Post

Professor Haque yesterday published a thought-provoking piece on this blog arguing that the Turkish incursion against Kurdish forces in Syria, beyond being a violation of the UN Charter, also amounts to a violation of the right to life under the ECHR. His reasoning, which is sound, is based on the Human Rights Committee’s rather controversial new…

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The ECtHR’s Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary and Why It Matters

The European Court of Human Rights delivered a judgment last Tuesday in the case of Ilias and Ahmed v. Hungary, finding multiple violations of the European Convention as a result of Hungary’s border procedures and its treatment of asylum-seekers. The applicants, nationals of Bangladesh, spent over three weeks in the transit zone before being sent back to…

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