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Vol. 107, Issue 5

An Alternative to Zombieing: Lawfare Between Russian and Ukraine and the Future of International Law

Jill Goldenziel, Professor, National Defense University-College of Information and Cyberspace. Ph.D., A.M., Government, Harvard; J.D. NYU Law; A.B. Princeton

23 Jan 2023

Unlike zombies, Ukraine’s lawfare strategy is very much alive. Ukraine’s lawsuits harm Russia’s reputation in the international community and give states legal ammunition to sanction Russia. Lawfare between Russia and Ukraine will change the future of international law and armed conflict. To explain how and why, this paper proceeds in four parts. Part I briefly defines lawfare. Part II briefly reviews Russia’s lawfare against Ukraine. Part III analyzes how Ukraine has weaponized public and private international law against Russia. Part IV assesses what lawfare between Russia and Ukraine means for the future of war and the role of international law within it.

To read this Essay, please click here: An Alternative to Zombieing: Lawfare Between Russian and Ukraine and the Future of International Law.

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