Jus ad Bellum/UN Charter/Sovereignty

The Crimean Crisis: Commentary on International Law Ramifications

By Lauren Bateman
Monday, March 3, 2014, 2:34 PM

As a service to Lawfare readers, we have compiled some other web commentary on the legal aspects of the crisis in Crimea.  (Of course, interested folks should have a look at Ashley's thorough articulation of the international law issues at play, and Paul's take on the invasion's cyber dimension.)

While the situation percolated over the weekend, Eric Posner noted the (somewhat surprising) dearth of academic commentary on the implications of Russia's military intervention for international law.  He summarized his own views succinctly:

1. Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine violates international law.
2. No one is going to do anything about it.

Those observations catalyzed a rather heated debate in the international law blogosphere about the strength (or weakness) of use of force rules, Russia's rhetorical efforts to justify military intervention, and the role of international law writ large.  You'll find all of this in various posts at Opinio Juris and at the Washington Post's The Monkey Cage, and in further commentary from Posner himself.