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Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]


Student Commentary
25 May 2014
by Jason Samuel of The Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Samuel, Penn State Dickinson School of Law Class of 2014, explores the constitutional framework surrounding the annexation of Crimea by Russia...When the Alma-Ata Declaration was signed on December 21, 1991, 10 nations separated from the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (Soviet Union) and became independent … [read more]


Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The State Council of the Republic of Crimea [official website, partially in Russian] on Friday voted unanimously in favor of adopting a new constitution that will make Crimea part of the Russian Federation. The constitution, consisting of 10 chapters and 95 articles, defines Crimea as a legal and democratic … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] An inquiry by the interim Ukrainian government on Wednesday implicated members of the special Berkut riot police [BBC backgrounder] in the deaths of 76 anti-government protesters in Kiev in February. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov presented initial findings [BBC report] before reporters indicating twelve members of the elite police force … [read more]


Student Commentary
27 Mar 2014
by Pavlo Malyuta of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

JURIST Guest Columnist Pavlo Malyuta, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Class of 2016, comments on the passage of new Ukrainian laws that restrict fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and assembly ... On January 16, 2014 the Supreme Council of Ukraine adopted a number of controversial laws and by … [read more]


Features
25 Mar 2014

The Ukrainian Crisis The Ukrainian government under President Viktor Yanukovych announced on November 21, 2013, that it had suspended preparation for a trade deal with the European Union. The decision purportedly came about as a result of intense pressure from the Russian Federation to reject the deal and establish a … [read more]


Features
25 Mar 2014

Ukraine is an independent nation in Eastern Europe and a former republic of the Soviet Union. In 1954, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev transferred Crimea from Russia to Ukraine. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, the region remained under Ukrainian control. Ethnic Russians have continued to constitute the majority of … [read more]


Legal News
21 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday signed legislation making Crimea officially part of Russia. The bills passed the House almost unanimously despite significant international criticism. Others have called the measure necessary [Reuters report] to protect the ethnic Russians within Crimea, with Foreign Minister Sergei … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Thursday voted nearly unanimously to approve Russia's annexation of Crimea despite threats of further sanctions from Western powers. The vote coincided with the arrival of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile, JURIST news archive] in Moscow, who came to meet … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] and representatives of Crimea signed a treaty [speech] on Tuesday that incorporates Crimea, currently a part of Ukraine, into the Russian Federation. The agreement comes after a referendum [JURIST report] in which more than 95 percent of Crimean voters, largely ethnic Russians, elected … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Members of Parliament in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea on Thursday asked the Russian government to allow the region to become part of the Russian Federation. According to the parliament, a referendum [RIA Novosti report] to approve the decision to secede from Ukraine and join Russia or restore … [read more]


Student Commentary
27 Feb 2014

On this episode of the JURIST Podcast, Pitt Law students Taras Shablii and Slava Opeida discuss the recent protests, legislation and political deals to come out of their native Ukraine. They gave some background on the cause of the first wave of protests: the suspension of negotiations on a … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Ukraine interim general prosecutor reported on Wednesday that an international arrest warrant has been requested for ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, implicating him in the "mass murder" of civilians during the recent Kiev protests. Oleg Makhnytsky reported [AFP report] that the former president was "the subject of an international arrest … [read more]


Podcast
26 Feb 2014

On this episode of the JURIST Podcast, Pitt Law students Taras Shablii and Slava Opeida discuss the recent protests, legislation and political deals to come out of their native Ukraine. They gave some background on the cause of the first wave of protests: the suspension of negotiations on a long-expected … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Ukraine's acting interior minister Arsen Avakhov on Monday said on his official Facebook page [Facebook, in Ukrainian] that an arrest warrant has been issued for the country's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovich [JURIST news archive], for the mass killings of civilian anti-government protestors. In his statement, Avakhov said that an … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] US Vice President Joe Biden [official profile] on Thursday threatened targeted sanctions [press release] against the Ukrainian officials responsible for violence against civilian protesters. Biden urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich [official website; JURIST news archive] to remove security forces from Kiev and to take "immediate and tangible steps" toward … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] On Saturday, the Ukrainian parliament [official website] voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovich [official website; JURIST news archive]. The vote followed Yanukovich's statement that he would not be resigning despite current escalating violence. At least 25 individuals have been reported dead [WP report] and more than 240 injured, in … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Ukraine opposition icon and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website; JURIST news archive] was released from prison Saturday when the Supreme Council of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada [official website], voted to decriminalize the charges that had been brought against her. Tymoshenko, an ardent critic of current President Viktor Yanukovich … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Wednesday urged [press release] both the Ukraine government and protesters to find a peaceful resolution to the Kiev protests, which became increasingly violent on Tuesday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] also released a statement [text] on Tuesday, … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Leaders of Ukraine's anti-government protests on Monday pressed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich [official website; JURIST news archive] for further concessions, including a return to an earlier constitution that would limit presidential powers and a revival of the EU fair trade agreement (FTA) [existing EU FTAs]. Arseny Yatsenyuk [Open Ukraine … [read more]

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