Russian and Western Views of International Law: The Case of Crimea



Russia’s unexpected annexation of Crimea in March 2014 has been called a “watershed” in modern European history. Seen from a Western perspective, Russia breached international law by violating Ukrainian sovereignty. However, does Russia’s interpretation of international law, as illustrated by annexation of Crimea, differ from that of the West? If that is so, can the differences be interpreted as a general disagreement among international lawyers?


Security Council Military Force Armed Attack Crimean Peninsula Russian Constitution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwegian Defence Command and Staff CollegeNorwegian Defence University CollegeOsloNorway

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