Crisis In Ukraine Symposium – February 13, 2015

 Sponsored by

Organized by
Sujit Choudhry, Berkeley Law and
Zoran Oklopcic, Carleton University



 Box lunches will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis

The revolution in Ukraine, together with the Russian annexation of Crimea and the military conflict that followed, have rekindled enduring anxieties about the salience of law in responding to radical constitutional change and territorial conflict. The joint Center for Constitutional Transitions-Miller Institute-German Law Journal workshop will address the meaning and relevance of the principles of territorial integrity, non-intervention, self-determination, and popular sovereignty that frame much of the debate about the conflict in Ukraine. Scholars of international law, comparative constitutionalism and political theory will discuss whether the crisis in Ukraine is an occasion to renew our foundational commitments to these principles, or whether it ought to encourage a re-imagining of the doctrinal and theoretical tools we use to make sense of revolution, constitution making, and state-building in the context of geopolitical rivalry.

List of presentations

Brad Roth
Wayne State University Law School
“Self-Determination, Sovereign Equality, and External Intervention”

Mikulas Fabry
Georgia Tech, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts
“Upholding Territorial Integrity of Ukraine”

Jure Vidmar
University of Oxford Faculty of Law
“The use of force, annexations and friendly populations”

Outi Korhonen
University of Turku Faculty of Law
“Constituting Control in Ukraine: A crisis and a challenge for international law”

Umut Özsu
University of Manitoba Faculty of Law
“Ukraine, International Law, and the Political Economy of Self-Determination”

Boris Mamlyuk
University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
“International Law & the Political Economy of Cold War II”

Yaniv Roznai
University of Haifa, Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions
“Eternal Territory? On Ukraine’s Unamendable Provision and Territorial Integrity”

Zoran Oklopcic
Carleton University, Department of Law and Legal Studies
“Arguing Incursions: From the Vocabulary of Right to the Constitutional Re-imagination of the Conflict in Ukraine”

Amandine Catala
Université du Québec a Montréal, Department of Philosophy
“Secession and Annexation: the Case of Crimea”


Symposium organizers Sujit Choudhry and Zoran Oklopcic