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Putin’s Folly? Stress-Testing International Law & Institutions: Russia v. Ukraine

Global headlines are highlighting the panoply of legal issues presented by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the various forums are proliferating in an alphabet-soup of acronyms.

  • What is going on at the U.N. – including the U.N. Security Council, the Human Rights Council, and the General Assembly? 
  • Is there any merit to Ukraine’s challenge to Russia’s membership in the U.N.? 
  • How do the Geneva Conventions apply? 
  • Why is Ukraine seeking “immediate membership” in the European Union (“EU”) and what are its chances? 
  • What is the Council of Europe and what is the effect of its suspension of Russia? 
  • What is NATO’s role in all of this? 
  • What about the scope of the “expert mission” commissioned under the “Moscow Mechanism” of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (“OSCE”)? 
  • What is the status of the litigation pending before the International Court of Justice (“ICJ,” a/k/a the “World Court”)? 
  • The International Criminal Court (“ICC”)? How has the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) weighed in?

In many ways, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the ultimate “stress test” for international law and international institutions. Skip CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News – and, instead, join us for an informative, engaging, and thought-provoking briefing by consummate Washington, D.C. “insiders.”

Sponsored by the ABA International Law Section

Welcome Remarks

  • Reginald Turner, American Bar Association (ABA) President


  • John B. Bellinger III, Former Legal Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State, Former Legal Adviser to the National Security Council, Arnold & Porter LLP, Washington, DC
  • Colonel Yevgeny (Eugene) Vindman, Former Deputy Legal Adviser, National Security Council; U.S. Army, Washington, DC (in his personal capacity)

Moderator/Program Chair

  • Hon. Delissa A. Ridgway, Judge, U.S. Court of International Trade; Member, Council, ABA International Law Section, New York, NY

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