4 Dec 2017 All day SG1 and SG2, Alison Richard Building


Recordings from the conference are available here



Rory Finnin (University of Cambridge)

Thomas Grant (University of Cambridge)

Bohdan Tokarskyi (University of Cambridge)



In February and March 2014 the world media were closely following the developments in Crimea as the Ukrainian peninsula was being, according to the qualification of the UN General Assembly, annexed, in real time. The occupation of Crimea proved to be a precursor to the military confrontations in Eastern Ukraine that have been taking place ever since. These crises, unfolding in the aftermath of the Maidan revolution, have not only violated the sovereignty of an independent state, but also thereby jeopardised European security as a whole and  shaken the very foundations of international law. Three years on, the annexation of Crimea and the conflict in the East of Ukraine have been dangerously normalised, and the discussion of the international law status of these events has become dormant. The series of the most recent alarming cyber attacks, directed against the infrastructure in Ukraine and beyond, have posed yet new critical questions to the system of international law.  

Has international law missed its chance for action? Can it be an efficient tool of settlement at a time of crisis like this? To what extent our articulation and understanding of the events in Ukraine conforms to the vocabulary and principles of international law? And do some aspects of international legal system itself need to be revisited or even reloaded?

The conference seeks to address the complex set of pressing issues that international law and the international community have faced in view of a series of crises that have taken place on the territory of Ukraine since February 2014. Given the multi-faceted nature of these issues, the event will attempt to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on them. To this end, the conference will gather leading experts in international law, political science, information policy, and cyber security, and will serve as a forum for the discussion of the dynamic relationship between the situation in Ukraine and the development of international law, including the stakes of cyber warfare in Ukrainian context and beyond. 




Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies (CamCREES), Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, and the University of Cambridge's Department of Slavonic Studies.


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9.45 - 10.15


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


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


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

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