Professor Craig Martin Discusses International Law Issues in the Ukraine Crisis

Photograph: Professor Craig Martin talking about the Ukraine/Crimea crisis.The International and Comparative Law Center along with the student International Law Society (ILS) hosted a Lunch and Learn session in which Professor Craig Martin gave an informal talk and answered questions about the Ukraine crisis and the annexation of Crimea.

After providing some background to the crisis, Professor Martin explained the international law principles on the use of force, intervention in the internal matters of other states, and the right of self-determination and secession from states, and how all of these might apply in the current crisis. He also explored how the legal arguments and positions advanced by both Russia and the U.S. in the context of this crisis are undermined by their conduct and positions in the past. There was a robust discussion following the presentation.