Russia-Ukraine War and the Law: War Crimes, Legal Accountability, and Other Campaigns on the Legal Front

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Since Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine began, the law has become its own front, full of maneuvers, counter-attacks, and campaigns. Genocide, martial law, sanctions, the crime of aggression against a sovereign state, war crimes against civilians: the law has proven a tool that Ukrainian authorities have wielded in creative and complicated ways. This panel of experts considers legal aspects of Russia’s war on Ukraine, from martial law to a Putin war crimes tribunal, considering both international and domestic legal doctrines, and thinking about innovations and experiments as well as limitations and risks of “campaigns” on the legal front.


Olga Kesarchuk


Ron Levi
Professor of Global Affairs & Public Policy and Sociology; Distinguished Professor of Global Justice; Director, Global Justice Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Monica Eppinger
Associate Professor; Co-Director, Center for International and Comparative Law, Center for International and Comparative Law, Saint Louis University

Mykola Hnatovsky
Professor, International Law Department at Kyiv Shevchenko University, First Vice-President of the Ukrainian Association of International Law, Judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Ukraine

Alex Whiting
Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, former Investigations Coordinator at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague

Evgeny Finkel
Associate Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University

Oleksandr Merezhko
Ukrainian MP, Head of the Committee on Foreign Policy and Interparliamentary Cooperation


Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine


the Center for International and Comparative Law, Saint Louis University School of Law

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