Crimean Crime: Consequences for International Law & Politics

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On Friday 12 April, 2 p.m., VMU will host an international discussion in English entitled Crimean Crime: Consequences for International Law & Politics. The event will be held at VMU Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy (V. Putvinskio g. 23, Kaunas, Room 311).

Nowadays, when we refer to Russian actions against Ukraine, we can separate the responsibility of a state and the responsibility of individuals, but even though we are able to divide these questions quite distinctly, the question arises about effective application of present-day regulations of international law to this particular inter-state conflict.

The majority of UN member states supported Ukraine’s independence, numerous actors – including the US, the EU, Canada, Japan and Australia – imposed sanctions against Russia as a means of disapproval of blatant violation of international law and in response to Russian threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Crimea’s annexation has caused a serious concern in Central and Eastern Europe. The Russian position towards international law and territorial integrity of its neighbours has become an urgent political, legal and research problem. Crimea is now occupied by Russia – what are the legal ways out of this situation? What can and cannot be expected from international law? Is an international order possible without international law?

We would like to start a discussion with the book “The Case of Crime’s Annexation Under International Law”, a publication issued by the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding in Warsaw, The Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Scholar Publishing House. It is a result of a conference that took place in Warsaw on the anniversary of annexation of Crimea. It assesses legal complexities of what happened in Ukraine as well as possible legal responses. More: http://cprdip.pl/en,publications,others,455,the_case_of_crimea.html

Guest from Lithuania, Poland and Germany will discuss these questions during seminar in Kaunas on 12th of April.

Speakers

  • Prof. Władysław Czapliński, Institute of Political Studies Polish Academy of Sciences
    Professor of International Law; Director (2004-2016), Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences and Professor of International and European Law, University of Warsaw Centre for Europe. Visiting research fellow,  A. von Humboldt-Foundation (1988-1990, 1995, 2014), at the universities of Tübingen, Berlin, Köln, Hamburg (Germany). Visiting Professor: University of Paris XI, University of Paris II (2004), University of Nice (2001, 2007, 2010); Viadrina University (Frankfurt/Oder) (2009), Catania (2013), Rome (LUMSA) 2014. Editor in Chief, „Polish Yearbook of International Law”. Arbitrator, Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE (since 2013).
  • Prof. Šarūnas Liekis, Vytautas Magnus University
    Graduated from Vilnius University and continued degree studies at the University of Oxford.  In 1995–1996 he worked as visiting researcher at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. He pursued doctoral studies and earned a PhD in social sciences at Brandeis University (USA) in 1997. In 2005, Prof. Liekis earned the Habilitation at Vilnius University in 2005. He has been working at Vytautas Magnus University since 2010: he is the Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, member of the faculty Council, Professor at the Dept. of Political Science, and member of VMU Senate.
  • Prof. Dagmar Richter, University of Saarbruecken
    Junior researcher at the German University for Administrative Sciences in Speyer; scholarship at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. Senior Assistant at the University of Heidelberg; Margarete von Wrangell-Scholarship by the Land of Baden-Württemberg. Research Fellow at the Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. Temporary Professor at the Universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt/Main, Bielefeld, Bremen, FU Berlin and St. Gallen (CH). Full Professor at the Institute for Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw) and member of the Scientific Board. Freelance researcher, academic teacher and publicist.
  • Dr Ernest Wyciszkiewicz, Director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding in Warsaw (in Vilnius)
    Political scientist. Director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding since 2016. Formerly Deputy Director of the Centre, Head of International Economy and Energy Security Programme and Senior Research Fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), Managing Editor of “Evropa” Russian-language quarterly on European affairs (2003-2009). Editor-in-Chief of the “Intersection Project“.
  • Dr Łukasz Adamski, Deputy Director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding in Warsaw (in Kaunas)
    Historian and political scientist, specialist in Central and Eastern European history as well as in current political situation of Ukraine and Russia. Deputy Director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding since 2016. In 2006-2011 he worked at the Polish Institute of International Affairs as an analyst and then as Programme Coordinator for Bilateral Relations in Europe. In 2014 he was Reporting Officer in OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.
  • Prof. Andrzej Pukszto, Vytautas Magnus University (chairman)
    Historian and political scientist.  PhD in Humanities (History), Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. Associate professor, head of Department of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University. Author of dozens of scientific articles, member of editorial boards of academic journals.

Language of the event: ENGLISH with no translation provided. No registration needed.

Organisers: Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding (Warsaw), Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas.

Partners: Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Vilnius, Polish Institute in Vilnius, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis (VPAI).

Poster of event

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