Crimean War 2.0: Ukraine and International Law
Straits Times, March 2014
5 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 14, 2014
The people of Crimea will shortly vote in a referendum on whether the peninsula should secede from Ukraine and unite with Russia. No one seriously doubts what the result will be. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approach to democracy is much like Alice in Wonderland’s Queen of Hearts: he prefers verdicts to be known in advance.
But what happens next? There has been much speculation about the role of international law in the crisis so far — and what the crisis means for international law moving forward. It would be helpful to set a few things straight.
Keywords: Ukraine, Crimea, secession, international law, Russia
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