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Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin [official website] on Friday stated that his nation has requested an expansion of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] investigation in Ukraine to include recent conflicts in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. The nation already granted [JURIST report] the ICC permission to investigate crimes … [read more]


Student Commentary
2 Dec 2014
by Anton Moiseienko of Queen Mary University of London

JURIST Guest Columnist Anton Moiseienko, PhD Student at Criminal Justice Centre, Queen Mary University of London, discusses the problem of recovery of stolen state assets and describes what obstacles Ukraine may face in its pursuit of the governmental assets diverted by the Yanukovich regime ...A year passed on November 21, … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] announced [press release] on Friday that her 34-member monitoring team in Ukraine has produced a report [text, PDF] showing an "alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in the east of the country, as well as serious problems emerging … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Tuesday expressed grave concern [press release] over the escalating unrest in Ukraine [BBC timeline] that has brought increasing destruction and death to the region. Pillay urged opposition groups to "lay down their weapons" and to work toward a … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday announced [press release] that it has begun a preliminary investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity in Ukraine. Though Ukraine is not a member of the ICC, it has granted the court jurisdiction over crimes in its territory from November … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Ukrainian government urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday to open an investigation [press release] into any serious international crimes committed within the territory from late 2013 to early 2014. The possible crimes committed within Ukraine include acts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war … [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]


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]


Legal News
22 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed elements of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [materials, EU backgrounder] on Friday, reversing the previous administration's position on the legislation. The signing comes three days after Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] and representatives of Crimea signed a treaty [JURIST report] that incorporates Crimea … [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
17 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Crimean parliament on Monday formally declared the region independent and asked to join the Russian Federation following a vote to secede from Ukraine. The US and EU have called the vote illegal [press release], and the EU stated that the vote's outcome would not be recognized [AP report]. … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Residents of the Crimea region on Sunday began voting in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. The referendum has been condemned as illegal by the US and other European countries. On Saturday, Russia vetoed [UN News Centre report] a UN Security Council motion declaring … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] passed a resolution [press release, PDF] on Thursday condemning Russia's actions in Crimea and calling for the immediate withdraw of all Russian military forces from Ukrainian territory. The resolution [texts adopted] states that Russia is in breach of international law and existing conventional obligations, … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] Crimea's parliament voted Tuesday to secede from the Ukraine and declare itself an independent state in the event of a yes vote in a referendum scheduled for Sunday. Ukraine's parliament, calling [RIA Novosti report] the Crimean referendum unconstitutional and violative of international law, warned Crimea to cancel the referendum … [read more]


Academic Commentary
11 Mar 2014
by Curtis Doebbler of Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of the Geneva School of Diplomacy & International Relations argues that while many US lawyers and diplomats have condemned Russia's involvement in Ukraine as a violation of international law, recent practices of states using force against other states suggests that it may be the United … [read more]


Academic Commentary
10 Mar 2014
by Stoyan Panov of University of Birmingham Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University of Birmingham Law School argues that there is a possible pathway for ICC involvement in the Ukraine-Russia conflict ...In light of the violence pertaining to the Maidan protests in Ukraine, one may ask if the former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich and … [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]


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]

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