Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Conference in Ukraine on "International Legal Protection of Ukrainian Interests"

We received the following announcement concerning an upcoming conference in Ukraine.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine

Ukrainian Association of International Law

Institute of International Relations

Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

are jointly organizing the International Scientific-Practical Conference

«International Legal Protection of Ukrainian Interests»

August 28-29, 2014

Kyiv, Melnykova Street 36/1, Hall of the Academic Council

1. Means of international adjudication as instruments for the protection of the interests of Ukraine on the international arena. 

  • 1)   Increase in the variety of means of international adjudication as a feature of modern international law.
  • 2) The importance for Ukraine to resort to means of international adjudication: legal and political aspects.     

2.  Institution of proceedings in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).     

  • 1)  Russia and the ICJ: issue of jurisdiction. The case Georgia v. Russia and its implications for Ukraine.  
  • 2) The ICJ jurisdiction and the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.   Possibility of Ukraine’s recourse to the ICJ instituting proceedings against the Russian Federation. Recognition of the ICJ jurisdiction by Russia. Subject-matter of the possible case in the ICJ.
  • 3)  The prospects of seeking the ICJ advisory opinion. Subject-matter of the ICJ advisory opinion.  
  • 4)   Importance of the ICJ advisory opinions. Possible positive implications of the potential ICJ advisory opinion with respect to the Ukrainian issue.

3. European Court of Human Rights (ECHR): the Ukrainian perspective.     

  • 1) The analysis of current pending applications of Ukraine to the ECHR. The contribution of the ECHR to the solution of the Ukrainian crisis.    
  • 2)   Importance of the ECHR decisions and their influence on the international relations in the light of the ECHR decisions in cases Georgia v. Russia and Cyprus v. Turkey.  
  • 3) The rationale to establish the coordination body or department for assisting citizens eager to file individual complaints against Russia.    

4. Protection of economic interests of Ukraine.    

  • 1) Stockholm arbitration as a stage of «gas war».
  • 2) Possible recovery of damages from Russia.    
  • 3) Issue of lost investments in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.    
  • 4) Perspective of Ukraine’s application to the WTO for protection of domestic producers’ interests in the trade war with Russia. Recent complexity of trade relations with the Republic of Belarus.
  • 5)  International Criminal Court: prospects for Ukraine. The ratification of the Rome Statute.
  • 6) Other means of international adjudication to be used by Ukraine (namely, possible recourse to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea).
  • 7) Filing lawsuits by the representatives of Yanukovych’s regime before the international courts for the protection of their own interests with a view to call off sanctions: the need for a consistent position of Ukraine.
  • 8) The potential recourse to countermeasures by Ukraine against the Russian Federation. Countermeasures application mechanism. Potential political, economic and legal consequences of countermeasures application against the Russian Federation.     

Organizing committee:

  • Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
  • Pavlo Petrenko, Minister of Justice of Ukraine
  • Leonid Hubersky, Rector of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Executive Secretary:

Alexander Zadorozhny, Head of the Presidential Council of the Ukrainian Association of International Law, Head of the IIR International Law Department of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv 

The organizing committee is planning to publish a collection of papers (Ukrainian and English versions) before the commencement of the conference. Please send your papers for publication in Ukrainian or English up to 1 author’s sheet (approximately 18 pages) and applications for participation to the following e-mail:

The requirements for publications are available on the Ukrainian Journal of International Law website – 

The deadline for applications and submissions of papers is August 21, 2014 (included).The participation in the conference in absentia requires the paid publication of a paper subject to the requirements for the publication in the Ukrainian Journal of International Law (

The conference participation is at the participants’ expense. The organizing committee may at its own discretion provide a partial reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses for some participants and provide assistance with tickets and accommodation booking at participants’ requests filed in advance.

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