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Beyond passportisation: When legal grey areas leave the door open to interventionism and rewriting post-1945 principles on international peace and security

Quenivet, Noelle; Hassler, Sabine

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Abstract

By exploring Russia’s activities from the fall of the Soviet Union to nowadays, this paper examines how Russia uses nationality (understood in a wide sense of the term) as a political, economic, and cultural tool to justify expansionism. Russia, so it seems, is using grey areas in international law to implement a policy whose legal implications are in breach of the key principles of the UN Charter relating to international peace and security. It is argued that the policies and tools (eg conferral of nationality, support for the right of self-determination, protection of nationals abroad, etc) developed and used by Russia are not necessarily unlawful per se; they can indeed in some instances be justified under international law as they fall within the grey areas of international law. That being said, the situations created as a result of this policy are often unlawful (eg recognition of a State that is part of the territory of another State, occupation and annexation, etc.). The paper concludes that Russia, by using its ‘nationals’ abroad and legal grey areas, is attempting to rewrite the rules carefully crafted post-1945, thereby allowing for interference in neighbouring States to become an established international custom.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Nov 14, 2017
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Quenivet, N., & Hassler, S. (2017, November). Beyond passportisation: When legal grey areas leave the door open to interventionism and rewriting post-1945 principles on international peace and security. Paper presented at Hybrid Threats and Asymmetric Warfare: What to do?
Keywords hybrid warfare, passportisation, international law, lawfare, Russia
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Hybrid Threats and Asymmetric Warfare: What to do?
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