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Ukraine and the Challenges of International Law - Annexation, Aggression, Cyber Warfare

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On 4 December 2017—in collaboration with the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH)—Cambridge Ukrainian Studies is hosting the international conference Ukraine and the Challenges of International Law: Annexation, Aggression, Cyber Warfare.

The event confronts pressing issues facing the practice of international law and the conduct of the international legal community in the wake of the annexation of Crimea and the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian War. Gathering leading experts in international law, political science, information policy, and cyber security, we ask:

Has international law missed its chance for constructive intervention in Ukraine? To what extent do our articulation and understanding of the conflict in Ukraine conform to the vocabulary and principles of international law? Do features of the international legal system need to be revisited or even reloaded in light of events in Ukraine?

Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and CRASSH are pleased to announce that a new source of funding has become available to underwrite the registration fees of all participants to the conference Ukraine and the Challenges of International Law.

Registration to the conference, which includes lunch, is now free. To register, prospective attendees are asked to send a brief statement of interest and information about any institutional affiliation to Bohdan Tokarskyi ( For those travelling from outside of Cambridge, some or all travel expenses can now be reimbursed as well. Please indicate your travel plans in your statement of interest to Bohdan Tokarskyi (

  • 9.45 – 10.15 Registration
  • 10.15 – 10.30 Welcome and Introduction
  • 10.30 – 12.30 Panel 1: Expanding Frontline? Ukraine, International Law, and Cyber Security

Kenneth Geers (NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Taras Shevchenko National University), Cyber War in Perspective: Russian Aggression against Ukraine

Glib Pakharenko (Independent Cyber Security Expert), Cyber Security in Ukraine: A First-Hand Account

Louise Arimatsu (London School of Economics), International Law and Cyber Security: A Dynamic Relationship
  • 12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
  • 13.30 – 15.30 Panel 2: Crimea Nexus and Annexation

Thomas Grant (Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge), The Annexation of Crimea and International Law

Kateryna Busol (Global Rights Compliance, Taras Shevchenko National University), International Law and Identity: The Case of Crimea

Emine Dzhaparova (Ministry for Information Policy of Ukraine), Information Policy in a Time of War
  • 15.30 – 16.00 Break
  • 16.00 – 18.00 Panel 3: The Dynamics of a Hybrid War

Mykola Gnatovskyy (President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, Taras Shevchenko National University), The Conflict in Eastern Ukraine: A Civil War or an Act of Aggression?

Iryna Marchuk (Research Group on International Crime and Criminal Law, University of Copenhagen), Ukraine’s Pursuit of Justice in International Courts

Dmytro Kuleba (Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe), International Law and Policy-Making: The Case of Eastern Ukraine
  • 18.00 – 18.30 Closing Roundtable
  • 18.30 – 19.00 Drinks Reception

This talk is part of the Slavonic Studies series.

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