Online panel discussion: Lawfare in Ukraine – A Collision Point of Diverging Approaches to International Law?

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FAU’s International Criminal Law Research Unit invites you to an online panel discussion on “Lawfare in Ukraine – A Collision Point of Diverging Approaches to International Law?”

The initial response to Vladimir Putin’s overt act of aggression against Ukraine on 24th February 2022 has been an overwhelming choir of condemnation, both in global politics and in the international legal community. Aside from Putin’s Russia, however, we could witness some powerful players not joining that choir, most notably China and India. State officials there can, to a certain extent, rely on being seconded by international law experts explaining their positions with approaches to international law that diverge from Western/Eurocentric ones. These claims inter alia repulse efforts to ensure international criminal accountability of Putin and other leading Russian actors as non-universal and imperialistic.

In order to penetrate, analyse, and engage with such reliance on diverging approaches to international law in relation to Ukraine, we aim to broadly cover three issues at our panel discussion:

o The current positions and rhetoric advanced by state officials and academics on international (criminal) law and Ukraine.
o The background of these current positions and rhetoric, esp. in the past decades’ international (criminal) law scholarship and teaching.
o The way forward.

The panel assembles will be comprised of four distinguished experts on Russian, Chinese, and Indian perspectives:

• Dr. Júlia Miklasová, Academy for European Human Rights Protection, University of Cologne, Germany
• Dr. Binxin Zhang, PhD Scholar, SciencesPo Paris, France
• Prof. Dr. Prosenjit Pal, Assistant Professor and former Head, Department of Political Science, Diamond Harbour Women’s University, West Bengal, India
• Prof. Dr. Gleb Bogush, Visiting Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Luxembourg

The online event will be moderated by ICLU member Julia Klaus and will take place via Zoom on Friday, 6th May 2022, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. (CEST).
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The invitation is also available as PDF.