Legal Challenges Posed by the Large-Scale Russian Invasion of Ukraine


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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused tremendous human suffering, dislocation, and economic devastation. It is no exaggeration to say the invasion has created the largest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. While the invasion is still ongoing and its outcome is far from certain, it has already created numerous political and legal questions that demand reflection. What, if anything, can the law do to stop the conflict, provide just redress to the victims, and prevent future invasions like this in the future? Does the invasion undermine our belief in the international order and institutions called upon to maintain it? What could we learn at this point about the challenges posed by the invasion, and is reform of global security infrastructure possible, or even needed?

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Join the Law School of the Ukrainian Catholic University and Notre Dame Law School for a set of panel discussions on the legal challenges posed by the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. These discussions are intended to bring together legal scholars from within Ukraine and from abroad in an attempt to map such challenges and articulate the possible pathways to their resolution. UCU Law School is a community founded on the principles of respecting human dignity and serving society, hardened in the fight against Soviet legacy in higher education. Through their legal education, UCU Law School forms a new generation to build a new Ukraine. As an eminent law school at the heart of a great Catholic university, Notre Dame Law School’s view of legal education is informed and inspired by its religious tradition. This tradition spans the globe, embraces people of all backgrounds, and illustrates the possibilities of dialogue between reason and faith.

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  • Svitlana Khyliuk, Ukrainian Catholic University Law School
  • Jeff Pojanowski, Notre Dame Law School

Panel 1: International Security Architecture

  • Moderator: Taras Leshkovych, Ukrainian Catholic University Law School
  • Adil Haque, Rutgers Law School
  • Michael Addo, Director of the London Law Program, Notre Dame Law School

Panel 2: Assets

  • Moderator: Roger Alford, Notre Dame Law School
  • James Thuo Gathii, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Hanna Yudkivska, European Court of Human Rights
  • Andriy Kostiuk, Ukrainian Catholic University Law School

Panel 3: Prosecution

  • Moderator: Tamás Ádány, Notre Dame Law School
  • Oleksandr Komarov, Ukrainian Catholic University Law School
  • Diane Marie Amann, Regents’ Professor of International Law, Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, and Faculty Co-Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law
  • Marko Milanovic, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham School of Law


  • Svitlana Khyliuk, Ukrainian Catholic University Law School
  • Jeff Pojanowski, Notre Dame Law School