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Mercenary or Combatant? Ukraine’s International Legion of Territorial Defense under International Humanitarian Law

On the fourth day after Russia’s February 24 armed attack and invasion of Ukraine, President Zelensky made a call for foreigners wishing to defend Ukraine to join the International Legion of Territorial Defense (ILTG), inviting individuals to contact foreign diplomatic missions of Ukraine in their respective countries (you could sign up here). Hundreds of American, Canadian, French, Croatian, Georgian and Belarusian fighters answered the call and traveled to Ukraine with or without their own governments’ approval. On Tuesday, March 1, Zelensky announced that approximately 16,000 foreign fighters have volunteered for military service. In response, on March 3 Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesperson announced that none of the mercenaries detained the West is sending to Ukraine can be considered as combatants in accordance with international humanitarian law (IHL), or enjoy the status of prisoners of war (POW), and threatened to have them prosecuted as criminals for any subversive acts against the Russian army.  Leaving aside the questions of military advantage or operational challenges that arise…

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The Legal Death of Free Speech in Russia

‘[W]hat made me particularly happy was to see that the Committee’s decision [to award him the Nobel Peace Prize] stressed the link between defense of peace and defense of human rights, emphasising that the defense of human rights guarantees a solid ground for genuine long-term international cooperation. … Granting the award to a person who defends political…

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Treatment of Persons Hors de Combat in the Russo-Ukrainian War

Russian military forces have intensified attacks on several fronts in Ukraine since 24 February 2022. Regardless of the Russian government’s justifications in using force against Ukraine, there is an international armed conflict ongoing between Ukraine and Russia, which requires both parties to respect international humanitarian law (IHL). On 2 March 2022, the Ukrainian Special Operations Forces…

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EJIL:The Podcast! Episode 14 – “From Russia With War”

In this episode Philippa Webb, Marko Milanovic and I are joined by Rebecca Barber (Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect) and Mike Becker (Trinity College Dublin) to examine various aspects of Russia’s war on Ukraine. The discussion begins with an evaluation of Russia’s legal justification for invading Ukraine, moving to…

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Complex Disputes and Narrow Compromissory Clauses: Ukraine’s Institution of Proceedings against Russia

On February 26 2022 Ukraine filed an Application and a Request for Provisional Measures before the ICJ against Russia. The hearings on the application for Provisional Measures begins today. In its application, Ukraine argues that Russia falsely accused it of committing genocide in the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts of Ukraine, which led Russia to recognizing these…

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