The Concept of Territorial Integrity in International Law – What Are the Implications for Crimea?

Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law), 2015, Forthcoming

19 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2014

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Christian Marxsen

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: October 28, 2014

Abstract

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is, at least on the surface, one about control over territories. This paper sets out the international law on territorial protection and raises the question whether and how Ukraine’s territorial integrity has been violated by Crimean separatists and Russia. After a general introduction (I), it lays out the dimensions of territorial protection under international law (II) and then applies these notions to the Crimean case (III). In a further step it discusses the limits of territorial protection (IV) and, also, how states in general and Ukraine in particular may react to violations of their territory in accordance with international law (V).

Keywords: territorial integrity, Ukraine, Russia, use of force

Suggested Citation

Marxsen, Christian, The Concept of Territorial Integrity in International Law – What Are the Implications for Crimea? (October 28, 2014). Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Heidelberg Journal of International Law), 2015, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2515911

Christian Marxsen (Contact Author)

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

Im Neuenheimer Feld 535
69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

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