13th Joint IOS/APB/EACES Summer Academy on Central and Eastern Europe.
Dates: July 5–7, 2021
Location: Location: Tutzing, Lake Starnberg, Germany. Should the pandemic prohibit an offline meeting, the event will be organized in an online or mixed format.
Call for papers
Submission deadline: April 30, 2021.
Between Conflict and Cooperation:The Politics of International Law in the post-Soviet Space
In the course of three years, the project will explore and analyse the different – often conflicting – politics of international law in the national, regional and international politics of states in the so-called post-Soviet space from a comparative perspective. The project departs from the observation that since 1991 all successor states of the Soviet Union have been facing the enormous challenge of formulating and implementing their own politics of international law in the course of their state-building and comprehensive transformation processes. Strong dynamics of conflict in this region have shaped these processes. Especially the Russian-Georgian war in 2008, the annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of violent separatist conflicts in Eastern Ukraine in 2014 have confronted the international community of states with challenges to the fundamental principles of international and regional legal and political order(s). These include the territorial integrity of states, the prohibition of the use of force and intervention, as well as the principle of a Responsibility to Protect (R2P).
The following framework questions will guide the project’s investigations:
- Why, in what form and to what extent is the reference to international law in the politics of the Russian Federation, especially since the Russian-Georgian War in 2008, linked to its political and military engagement in the post-Soviet space?
- What impact do these developments and practices in the politics of international law of the Russian Federation have on the sovereignty and politics of international law of other states in the post-Soviet Space?
- What similarities and differences can in turn be identified in the politics of international law in these states?
In sum, beyond the predominant attention to Russia’s politics of international law, the project turns the focus to analysing complex dynamics of conflict and also cooperation in the politics of international law in the post-Soviet Space since 1991 from a comparative perspective. In addition to bringing conceptual innovation and filling research gaps, the project will also produce practice-oriented legal and political research findings.
Members of the project team and their sub-projects:
Dr. Cindy Wittke: “Contested Sovereignties in the post-Soviet Region”