2023 ESIL Research Forum, Tartu


Research Forum full programme

Thursday 27 April 2023


8:00-9:00 Registration 

9:00-10:30   MAIN HALL / AULA

Words of welcome (Pierre d’Argent, President of ESIL; University of Louvain; Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu)

followed by a keynote

Angelika Nussberger (University of Cologne) “Russia and the Council of Europe 1996-2022: Lessons Learned in International Law and Human Rights Protection”.

Discussant: Veronika Bilková (Charles University).

10:30-11:00 Coffee break   UNVERSITY CAFFEE / TÜ KOHVIK

11:00-12:30 Parallel panels 1 & 2  

Panel 1 Human Rights   MAIN HALL / AULA

Chair: Gleider Hernández (KU Leuven)

  1. Işil Aral (Koç University), A New Tipping Point for the Council of Europe: The Substantive and Symbolic Grounds of Russia’s Expulsion
  2. Lora Izvorova (University of Cambridge; Human Rights Nudge Project), The Failed Internalisation of the European Convention on Human Rights in Russia
  3. Anastasiia Vorobiova (Polish Academy of Sciences), Russian memory laws and subsequent wars: implications for international human rights law and humanitarian law

Discussant: Veronika Fikfak (University of Copenhagen; UCL)

Panel 2 Aggression and IHL   AUD 140 (1st floor)

Chair: Ganna Yudkivska (Former Judge of the ECtHR; Director of the Centre de la Protection Internationale)

  1. Felix Herbert (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law; Heidelberg), The implications for international law of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine since 2014 and 2022 – What role for ius cogens?
  2. Saskia Millmann; Pia Hüsch – (both University of Glasgow), Civilian non-violent defence against Russian Warfare – Eastern European strategies and the gap between civilians and combatants in Customary IHL
  3. Sebastiaan van Severen (Ghent University), Combatant status in Ukraine: Russian approaches to IHL in the 21st Century

Discussant: René Värk (University of Tartu)

12:30-14:00 Lunch   UNVERSITY CAFFEE / TÜ KOHVIK

14:00-15:30 Parallel panels 3 & 4

Panel 3 Russian Approaches to International Law 1  AUD 139 (1st floor)

Chair: Christian Tams (University of Glasgow)

  1. Anna Dolidze (Rabdan Academy), What Is “Special Operation”: Russia’s Efforts to Create International Law Language
  2. Sergii Masol (University of Cologne), Divergent Understandings of Genocide in Russia, Ukraine and the West: A Comparative International Law Perspective
  3. Sevanna Poghosyan (University of Tartu), The evolution of the question of democracy in Russia from an international legal perspective
  4. Victor Santos Mariottini de Oliveira (Geneva Graduate Institute), Russia’s Passportization and the Pitfalls of “Personal Annexation” in the Post-Soviet Space: Recasting the Limits of Nationality Attribution in International Law?

Discussant: Caroline von Gall (Goethe-University Frankfurt)

Panel 4 International Trade and Sanctions  AUD 140

Chair: Edouard Fromageau (University of Aberdeen)

  1. Diāna Kamiševa (Riga Stradins University), The role and contestation of sanctions in contemporary international law and practice
  2. Daria Klimova El Moukahal (Nizhny Novgorod State University and Paris Panthéon-Assas University), The Consequences of Anti-Russian Sanctions for Russian and International Trade Law Developments
  3. Silvia Nuzzo (University of Neuchâtel), Commitments on Technical Barriers to Trade in Association Agreements with Eastern European Countries: Towards International or Regional Convergence?

Discussant: Inga Martinkute (University of Vilnius)

15:30-16:00 Coffee break   UNVERSITY CAFFEE / TÜ KOHVIK

16:00-17:45 Parallel panels 5 & 6

Panel 5 International adjudication  AUD 140

Chair: Adriana Di Stefano (University of Catania)

  1. Milosz Gapsa (University of Lodz), Lawfare-ish provisional measures? Similarities and differences in Ukraine’s approach after 2014 and 2022 Russia’s aggressions
  2. Javier Garcia Olmedo (University of Luxembourg), Invoking Denial of Benefits Clauses in Wartime: Lessons from the Ukrainian Crisis
  3. Michal Jakub Swarabowicz (University of New South Wales), Doing business in Eastern Europe and Eurasia: realities of power in post-communist States seen through the lens of international adjudication
  4. Cristina Teleki (Geneva Graduate Institute/University of Maastricht), The Conversational Nature of International Law – Cause-Lawyering between Lawfare and Attrition

Discussant: Pierre d’Argent (ESIL President; University of Louvain)

Panel 6 Russian approaches to International Law 2   AUD 139

Chair: Merilin Kiviorg (University of Tartu)

  1. Liliya Khasanova (Berlin Potsdam Research Group; Free University Berlin), Conceptual Discrepancies in Western and Russian Approaches to International Law in Cyber [Information] Space
  2. Dmitry Kurnosov (University of Helsinki), Towards a Normative Framework for Tackling State-Sponsored Electoral Disinformation in Europe
  3. Frederik Rogiers (Ghent University), From law-making to lawfare, the evolution of Russia’s approach to international law of the sea

Discussant: Lauri Mälksoo (University of Tartu)


Friday 28 April 2023

09:00-10:00 Keynote presentation Sergey Sayapin (KIMEP University, Alma-Aty) “Eurasian Integration and Its Law in the Shadow of Russia’s War against Ukraine”   MAIN HALL / AULA

10:00-11:30 Parallel panels 7 & 8

Panel 7 Post-Soviet Eurasia   MAIN HALL / AULA

Chair: Neha Jain (European University Institute)

  1. Rustam Atadjanov (KIMEP University; Alma-Aty), Implementation of IHRL in Emergency Situations and Situations of Violence: Central Asian Experience
  2. Janina Barkholdt (Associate Legal Office at the ICJ), Unwritten rules of regional international law – Between integration and hegemony?
  3. Florian Kriener; Leonie Brassat (both Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law; Heidelberg), Quashing dissent abroad: The CSTO’s intervention in Kazakhstan

Discussant: Daniel-Erasmus Khan (University of Bundeswehr; Munich)

Panel 8 Territoriality in Eurasia  AUD 140

Chair: Pierre Thévenin (University of Tartu)

  1. Antal Berkes (University of Liverpool), International law without statehood: the outlier application of international law in Eurasian de facto regimes
  2. Sara Eftekhar Jahromi (KU Louvain), Aktau Convention: Gaps and Innovation(s)
  3. Júlia Miklasová (University of Cologne), Secession in the Post-Soviet Space: Embedded in Universal Rules That Are Persistently Abused

Discussant: Tiina Pajuste (University of Tallinn)

11:30-12:00 Coffee break  UNIVERSITY CAFEE / TÜ KOHVIK

12:00-13:00 Panel 9 The Future of International Law in Post-Soviet Eurasia  MAIN HALL / AULA

Chair: Katre Luhamaa (University of Tartu)

  1. Artur Simonyan (University of Tartu), Regional integration processes in post-Soviet Eurasia and its implications for (regional) international law
  2. Cindy Wittke (IOS Regensburg) (Re)Ordering post-Soviet Eurasia: Navigating Complexity and Investigating Multiscale International and Domestic Law Nexuses

Discussant: Mykola Gnatovsky (Judge at the ECtHR)

13:00-13:15 Research forum finishes