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2022 Ukraine Crisis

Must Russia Abstain on Security Council Votes Regarding the Ukraine Crisis?

As the Security Council deliberates possible action on Ukraine, the question of abstention nonetheless looms large: Does the U.N. Charter require Russia to abstain on a resolution concerning Ukraine and, if so, could the United States effectively pressure it to do so?

2022 Ukraine Crisis

Livestream: U.N. Security Council Emergency Session on Russian Military Aggression Toward Ukraine

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency session at 10 a.m. on Jan. 31 to discuss threats to international peace and security caused by the buildup of Russian military personnel along the Ukrainian border.


China’s Surprising Refusal to Criticize the Legality of the U.S. Attack on Syria

In its public statements and actions, the Chinese government consistently has supported a restrictivist reading of the U.N. Charter that limits the use of military force against another state to situations of self-defense or with authorization of the U.N. Security Council. In research I have been doing for a larger project on China’s use of international law, I have found no instances of the Chinese government’s departure from this legal principle.

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