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Infrastructure in East and Southeast Europe in Comparative Perspective: Past, Present and Future

8th Annual Conference of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS).

: 23 and 24 September
Time: For details see the program
Location: Online via Zoom (Meeting-ID: 884 439 7929, Kenncode: 337230) / Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 319).
Guests are welcome to join us online – link to be announced.

: 5, 12 and 19 October, 16:00
Time: For details see the program
Location: Online via Zoom (Meeting-ID: 824 5820 1575, Kenncode: 797053).

Call for papers: State Descriptions Revisited: Historical Forms of Territorial Representations, 18-21th centuries

Organizers: Borbála Zsuzsanna Török (Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen) and Guido Hausmann (IOS Regensburg).
Dates: 20-21 January 2022
Location: Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg, Germany
Call for papers
Submission deadline: 30 September 2021

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Between Conflict and Cooperation:The Politics of International Law in the post-Soviet Space

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cindy Wittke
Members of project: Elia Bescotti, Nargiza Kilichova
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Duration: 2019–2022

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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”

Elia Bescotti: “Secession, Non-recognition and Ontological Security in the post-Soviet Politics of International Law” 

Nargiza Kilichova: “International Democracy and Rule of Law Promotion in Central Asia and Southern Caucasus – Spaces and Places of Struggle”