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January 19, 2023

Ukraine Series: The Laws of War Revisited with Judge James Baker

Episode 258

The scale of Russia's criminal conduct in Ukraine is astounding. Since Russia invaded Ukraine almost one year ago, Ukrainian authorities have opened over 50,000 investigations into alleged war crimes committed by Russia. As we approach the one year anniversary of the invasion, we welcome back Judge James Baker to revisit the laws and treaties that apply to Russia and this conflict. 

Hon. James E. Baker is Director, Institute for Security Policy and Law, Syracuse University


Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts

The Geneva Conventions

The North Atlantic Treaty, Articles 5 & 11

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

United Nations General Assembly, Article 18

National Security Act of 1947

James E. Baker, “Obedience to Orders, Lawful Orders, and the Military’s Constitutional Compact.” Just Security. November 2, 2020

Biden calls Putin a war criminal.” NPR. March 16, 2022

U.S must harden its cybersecurity defenses, experts say.” ABA Press and ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security. Feb. 2022

Statement of ABA President Reginald Turner Re: Invasion of Ukraine.” ABA. March 2, 2022

The Nuremberg Principles

Title 18 U.S. Code 2441, War Crimes

Executive Order 901

Executive Order 12333

Department of Defense Law of War Manual

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