List of resources dealing with the conflict in Ukraine and International Law

About the author(s):

Andrea Farrés Jiménez is a qualified Spanish lawyer specialized in international humanitarian law, international security and arms control. She graduated from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2019 with a master’s in International Law. Her master’s thesis focused on the impact that new technologies and artificial intelligence have on IHL targeting principles. She worked as a legal expert for the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Spanish Permanent Mission in Switzerland and in The Netherlands, and the World Organization Against Torture, among other organizations. She has published on issues related to arms controls, gender, new technologies and the IHL targeting principles.

As events unfold, AGIL is compiling a list of resources to understand how international law applies to the conflict in Ukraine. Although the armed conflict in Ukraine between Russia and Ukraine would not usually be covered on this blog (because is not an non-international armed conflict), we know that many readers of this blog will be appreciative of a set of resources on the topic. 

If you think that we are missing any publication you think should be included in this compilation, please do not hesitate to contact the editors of the blog.

Blogposts, Articles, Q&A and Interviews

Alcala, Ronald, and Szymanski, Steve, Legal Status of Ukraine’s Resistance Forces, Articles of War, 28 February 2022.

Alwishewa, Hiruni, Revisiting Crimea and the Utility of International Law, Opinio Juris, 8 March 2022. 

Ambos, Kai, Will a state supplying weapons to Ukraine become a party to the conflict and thus be exposed to countermeasures?, EJIL:Talk!, 2 March 2022.

Bagheri, Saeed, Treatment of Persons Hors de Combat in the Russo-Ukrainian War,  EJIL:Talk!, 7 March 2022.

Barber, Rebecca, Could Russia be Suspended from the United Nations?, EJIL:Talk!, 1 March 2022. 

Barber, Rebecca, What can the UN General Assembly do about Russian Aggression in Ukraine?, EJIL:Talk!, 26 February 2022.

Boothby, William H, Cluster Munitions and the Ukraine War, Articles of War, 28 February 2022.

Buchan, Russell, and Tsagourias, Nicholas, Ukranian ‘IT Army’: A Cyber Levée en Masse or Civilians Directly Participating in Hostilities?, EJIL:Talk!, 9 March 2022.

Clapham, Andrew, On War, Articles of War, 5 March 2022.

Corn, Gary, The Fog of War, Civilian Resistance, and the Soft Underbelly of Unprivileged Belligerency, Articles of War, 10 March 2022. 

Corn, Geoff, Prisoners of War in Occupied Territory, Articles of War, 3 March 2022.

Crawford, Emily, Armed Ukrainian Citizens: Direct Participation in Hostilities, Levée en Masse, or Something Else?, EJIL:Talk!, 1 March 2022.

Dannenbaum, Tom, Mechanisms for Criminal Prosecution of Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine, Just Security, 10 March 2022.

Desierto, Diane, Non-Recognition, EJIL:Talk!, 22 February 2022.

Gienger, Viola, Graham, Tess, Rosen, Brianna and Whatcott, Elizabeth, Holding Putin and Russia Accountable: A List of Legal and Policy Options, Just Security, 25 February 2022.

D. Gill, Terry, Remarks on the Law Relating to the Use of Force in the Ukraine Conflict, Articles of War, 9 March 2022. 

Grafton, Courtney, and Bailey, Stephen, Does INTERPOL have a role to play in the conflict in Ukraine?, EJIL:Talk!, 4 March 2022.

Hathaway, Oona and Shapiro, Scott, Putin Can’t Destroy the International Order by Himself, Just Security, 24 February 2022.

De Hoogh, André, The Elephant in the Room: Invoking and Exercising the Right of Collective Self-Defence in Support of Ukraine against Russian Aggression, Opinio Juris, 7 March 2022. 

Hovell, Devika, Council at War: Russia, Ukraine and the UN Security Council, EJIL:Talk!, 25 February 2022.

Human Rights Watch, Russia, Ukraine & International Law: On Occupation, Armed Conflict and Human Rights, 23 February 2022. 

Janik, Ralph, Putin’s War against Ukraine: Mocking International Law, EJIL:Talk!, 28 February 2022.

Jensen, Eric, Ukraine and the Defender’s Obligations, Articles of War, 2 March 2022.

Keitner, Chimène, and Tatarsky, Zoe, Q&A: Next Steps in Ukraine’s Application to the International Court of Justice, Just Security, 5 March 2022. 

Kelly, Michael, Russia’s Illegal Invasion of Ukraine & the Role of International Law, Articles of War, 4 March 2022.

Kerr, Victoria, Debunking the Role of International Law in the Ukrainian Conflict, Opinio Juris, 8 March 2022. 

Kilibarda, Pavle, Was Russia’s Recognition of the Separatist Republics in Ukraine ‘Manifestly’ Unlawful?, EJIL:Talk!, 2 March 2022.

Kirsch, Nico, After Hegemony: The Law on the Use of Force and the Ukraine Crisis, EJIL:Talk!, 2 March 2022.

Koschnitzky, Chris, and N. Schmitt, Michael, Russian Troops Out of Uniform and Prisoner of War Status, Articles of War, 4 March 2022.

Lieblich, Eliav, Not Far Enough: The European Court of Human Rights’ Interim Measures on Ukraine, Just Security, 7 March 2022. 

Matyas, David, Humanitarian Corridors in Ukraine: Impasse, Ploy or Narrow Passage of Hope?, Just Security, 8 March 2022. 

Mclaughlin, Rob, Keeping the Ukraine-Russia Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello Issues Separate, Articles of War, 7 March 2022. 

Milanovic, Marko, Recognition, EJIL:Talk!, 21 February 2022.

Milanovic, Marko, The Russia-Ukraine War and the European Convention on Human Rights, Articles of War, 1 March 2022.

Milanovic, Marco, Russia’s Submission to the ICJ in the Genocide Case; Russia’s Withdrawal from the Council of Europe, EJIL:Talk!, 11 March 2022. 

Milanovic, Marko, Ukraine Files ICJ Claim against Russia, EJIL:Talk!, 27 February 2022.

Milanovic, Marko, What is Russia’s Legal Justification for Using Force against Ukraine?, EJIL:Talk!, 24 February 2022.

Moiseienko, Anton, Russian Assets, Accountability for Ukraine, and a Plea for Short-Term Thinking, EJIL:Talk!, 5 March 2022.

Montiel, Moisés, Article 103 to the Rescue: A Few Thoughts on the Legality of Russian Claims Under the Genocide Convention, Jus Cogens Duties and Preventive Self-defense, Opinio Juris, 9 March 2022. 

Nevitt, Mark, The Operational and Legal Risks of a No-Fly Zone Over Ukrainian Skies, Just Security, 10 March 2022.

Nuzov, Ilya, Mercenary or Combatant? Ukraine’s International Legion of Territorial Defense under International Humanitarian Law, EJIL:Talk!, 9 March 2022.

Papadaki, Matina, Complex Disputes and Narrow Compromissory Clauses: Ukraine’s Institution of Proceedings against Russia, EJIL:Talk!, 7 March 2022.

Sanders, Lauren, Accountability and Ukraine: Hurdles to Prosecuting War Crimes and Aggression, Articles of War, 9 March 2022. 

Sassòli, Marco, Application of IHL by and to Proxies: The “Republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk, Articles of War, 3 March 2022.

Schabas, William, Preventing Genocide and the Ukraine/Russia case, EJIL:Talk!, 10 March 2022.

Schmitt, Michael N., Providing Arms Materiel to Ukraine: Neutrality, Co-belligerency, and the Use of Force, Articles of War, 7 March 2022. 

Schmitt, Michael N., Russia’s “Special Military Operation” and the (Claimed) Right to Self-Defense, Articles of War, 28 February 2022.

Stahn, Carsten, More Than Rhetoric? International Criminal Justice, Crime Semantics and the Role of the ICC in the Ukraine Conflict, Opinio Juris, 25 February 2022.

De Souza Dias, Talita, Russia’s “genocide disinformation” and war propaganda are breaches of the International Convention Concerning the Use of Broadcasting in the Cause of Peace and fall within the ICJ’s jurisdiction, EJIL:Talk!, 4 March 2022.

Vasiliev, Sergey, Aggression against Ukraine: Avenues for Accountability for Core Crimes, EJIL:Talk!, 3 March 2022.

Völkerrechtsblog, Aggression and the ‘Civilizational Turn’ in Russian Politics of International Law, An Interview with Lauri Mälksoo, 25 February 2022. 

Völkerrechtsblog, The Closing Door in Strasbourg, An Interview with Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, 26 February 2022.

Watkin, Ken, Special Forces, Unprivileged Belligerency, and the War in the Shadows, Articles of War, 10 March 2022. 

Weller, Marc, Russia’s Recognition of the ‘Separatist Republics’ in Ukraine was Manifestly Unlawful, EJIL:Talk!, 10 March 2022.

Wilmshurst, Elizabeth, Ukraine: Debunking Russia’s legal justifications, Chatham House, 24 February 2022. 

Zwanenburg, Marten, Common Article 1 and the Conflict in Ukraine, Articles of War, 10 March 2022. 

Link to ICJ Proceedings instituted by Ukraine against the Russian Federation on 26 February 2022:

See here

Link to ECtHR Proceedings instituted by Ukraine against the Russian Federation on 28 February 2022:

See here.


The BBC, Ukrainecast, updated daily episodes

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

The International Crisis Group Podcast, Russia’s War in Ukraine, 25 February 2022.

The Lawfare Podcast, The Information War in Ukraine, 24 February 2022.

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