Baltic Yearbook of International Law, Volume 12 (2012)


Volume 12 presents a symposium entitled After the Empire. International Law and the Post-Soviet Space edited by Lauri Mälksoo and Ineta Ziemele. It contains selected papers presented at the 4th Research Forum of the European Society of International Law that took place in Tallinn, Estonia, on 26-28 May 2011. The general theme of the Forum was formulated widely: “International Law and Power Politics: Great Powers, Peripheries and Claims to Spheres of Influence in International Normative Order”. With 180 participants from different countries the Forum in Tallinn was the biggest event in the field of international law to take place in the Baltic States to date.

The papers selected for this volume build in particular on the idea of a panel that was titled “Russia’s Contemporary Understanding of International Law: Identical to Western Approaches?” The main questions presented within this theme are clear: after the USSR has collapsed in 1991, what is the new Russian concept of international law and human rights? What international legal developments are currently significant in the post-Soviet space?

The following authors have been selected to participate in the symposium: R. Tkatova, S. Marochkin, B.Tuzmukhamedov, L. Aleksidze, M.Sterio, A.Douhan, M. Starita, J. Sweeney, Ch.Cerna, A.Burkov, J.Grigorova, K. Guliyev and A.Marhold.

The Baltic Yearbook of International Law is the first legal journal in the field of international law published under the auspices of the Baltic Editorial Board that attempts to bring to the international debate the issues that are of importance in the Baltic States and provides a forum for the views of, among others, Baltic international law scholars on various topical themes of international law. The first volume appeared in 2001 with the symposium on the question of International Legal States of the Baltic States. The Yearbook contains State practice reports from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and thus it serves as an important source of information that is not available elsewhere. On several occasions the Yearbook has offered articles discussing the history of international law and current issues in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation thus making more accessible a regional discourse to a wider audience in the world.

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Symposium: “After the Empire. International Law and the Post- Soviet Space”
Editorial Note;
1) Russia’s Approach to International Law: General Observations
Rima Tkatova: Russian Spirit, Soviet Heritage and Western Temptation: “Un-‘Peaceful Coexistence’” in Russia’s International Doctrine and Practice;
Sergei Yu. Marochkin: Contemporary Approaches of the Russian Doctrine to International Law: Identical to Western Ones?;
2) Use of Force
Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov: Legislative Regulation of Trans-boundary Use of Armed Force: Russian Case Study;
Levan Alexidze: Kosovo and South Ossetia: Similar or Different? Consequences for International Law;
Milena Sterio: A Tale of Two States: Territoriality and Minority Rights in Kosovo and Georgia;
Alena Douhan: CIS, CSTO and the United Nations: Could an Active Regional System of Collective Security Be Established?;
3) Human Rights
Massimo Starita: Entre contrôle du respect de la légalité conventionnelle et promotion de la légitimité démocratique : la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme face aux transitions démocratiques;
James A. Sweeney: Transitional Criminal Justice at the ECtHR: Implications for the Universality of Human Rights;
Christina M. Cerna: Comparing the Performance of the Russian Federation and the United States as regards Human Rights on the Regional and Universal Level;
Anton Burkov: Motivation for Direct Application of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Russian Courts;
4) Caspian and Baltic: Energy Security
Jénya Grigorova: Dévéloppements récents en matière de transport et de commerce de gaz en mers Noire et Baltique – un jeu de société de nouvelle génération;
Khagani Guliyev: La mer Caspienne : un espace aquatique semi-délimité?;
Anna Marhold: In Too Deep – Russia, the Energy Charter Treaty and the Nord Stream Gas Pipeline;
Materials on International Law 2011:
René Värk (ed.), Republic of Estonia Materials on International Law 2011;
Andrius Bambalas and Saulius Katuoka (eds.), Republic of Lithuania Material on International Law 2011;
List of Contributors; Information for Authors.