The Combatant Status of the 'Little Green Men' and Other Participants in the Ukraine Conflict

International Law Studies, Vol. 91, p. 361, 2015

42 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2015

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Shane Reeves

United States Military Academy, West Point

David A. Wallace

United States Military Academy, West Point

Date Written: June 10, 2015

Abstract

As an occupation and a civil war are simultaneously taking place in Ukraine a particularly vexing international law question is presented: what is the legal status of those involved in the hostilities? This article is designed to answer that question and to identify the associated rights, duties and responsibilities of the participants in the conflict.

Keywords: Law of Armed Conflict, International Humanitarian Law, combatants, armed conflict, Ukraine, Crimea, Russia, conflict classification, little green men, Ukrainian civil war, occupation, occupation law, civilians, separatists, militias, participants, fighters, unlawful combatants

JEL Classification: K10, K33

Suggested Citation

Reeves, Shane and Wallace, David A., The Combatant Status of the 'Little Green Men' and Other Participants in the Ukraine Conflict (June 10, 2015). International Law Studies, Vol. 91, p. 361, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2616885

Shane Reeves (Contact Author)

United States Military Academy, West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

David A. Wallace

United States Military Academy, West Point ( email )

600 Thayer Rd
West Point, NY 10996
United States

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