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Russia commands much attention right now. Its latest activities in Ukraine have caused considerable concern globally. Whatever the rights and wrongs, the fact remains that Russia regards international law with much seriousness and its international lawyers assert the importance of the subject as much as their colleagues in the rest of the world do. I shall divide my talk into two parts. First, I shall give an outline of the views of international lawyers in Russia on a range of international legal topics. Second, I shall give an account of the arguments international lawyers in the country use to justify Russia’s actions (including since 2014) in Ukraine.

I have lived in and worked on Russia and the other countries of the former Soviet Union for almost 30 years. I left Russia nearly one month after the 24 February, having been a member of the Department of International Law at MGIMO for five years (2017-22). Despite being a British national, I will do my best to give a representative account of the views of former colleagues in the Russian international legal community. 

Speaker: Professor Tim Potier (Senior Fellow, Center for International Law and Governance, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University), IALS Senior Associate Research Fellow.

Chair: Professor Carl Stychin (IALS).


This event is free to attend, but booking is required. It will be held online with details about how to join the virtual event being circulated via email to registered attendees in advance.