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* Lecturer in Law, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland Kieran O’Reilly ** PhD candidate, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland Abstract Th e 2008 confl ict in South Ossetia, involving both Georgian and Russian armed forces, attracted much international

In: International Criminal Law Review

before the official start of hostilities even though this was an important milestone in Russia’s decision to move into the province. Fast forward. As Georgia and Russia mark the third anniversary of their 2008 conflict, once again the children of Gori sit in silence. Together with their families, they

In: Security and Human Rights

This paper presents “social moves” as a new strategy de facto states can use in their interactions with the international community, with or without the possibility of a formal recognition of sovereignty. Special attention is paid to Abkhazia’s continuing desire for an independent state compared to South Ossetia’s desire for Russian absorption in light of both regions’ ethnic histories and turbulent relationships with Georgia. Key analysis includes discussion of the diplomatic soft power “social moves” the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry has begun in the last two years and the absence of similar “social moves” within the South Ossetian Foreign Ministry.

In: Iran and the Caucasus

For the last decades, the Yezidi identity whose main marker was for centuries based on a unique religion, the Sharfadin, has undergone specific transformations. One of the most stable trends playing a crucial role in the mentioned process, is the spread of Orthodox Christianity, particularly among the Yezidis of Georgia and Russia. This phenomenon is especially interesting regarding the fact that, unlike neo-Protestant missions, Orthodox Church has never been active in proselytism particularly among the Yezidis; no Orthodox mission has ever focused its activities on this group. Yet, the number of the Yezidis converting to the Orthodox Christianity gradually grows. The paper is an interim result of a project on the modern transformations of the Yezidi identity. Compiled on the materials collected by the author through interviews and questionnaires among the converted Yezidis of Georgia and Russia, it focuses on several particular cases reflecting the shaping of a principally new identity, when Christian mentality replaces the Yezidi eclectic religious outlook.

In: Iran and the Caucasus
The Italian Yearbook of International Law aims at making accessible to the English speaking public the Italian contribution to the practice and literature of international law. Volume XVIII (2008) marks the tenth anniversary of the New Series of the IYIL. The Volume is organised in three sections. The first is thematically structured around a main topic and a series of doctrinal contributions on relevant and topical issues of international law. The feature theme of this volume is controversial territorial situations and the role of recognition and secession. The articles by Gioia and Tancredi bring valuable insights and intellectual rigour in this debate, while the piece by Serra examines the related issue of the legal consequences of the continued presence of the international civil administration in Kosovo. The other main articles provide innovative perspectives on two important issues: the status of private military companies in the law of armed conflicts (Sossai) and the recurring question of the treatment of WTO law by the European Community Courts (Gattinara).
Doctrinal contributions also include a variety of notes covering timely topics such as the role of IAEA in the fight against nuclear terrorism, the controversial return by Italy of cultural treasures to Libya, and the choice of forum in human rights adjudication. The usual surveys on the activities of the ICJ, the ILC, the ECtHR, ICSID, international criminal justice, and the Italian practice occupy the rest of this section.
The second section covers the Italian practice in the areas of i) judicial decisions; ii) diplomatic and parliamentary practice; iii) treaty practice; and iv) national legislation. The third section contains a systematic bibliographical index of Italian literature in the field of international law and reviews of recent books. The volume ends with an analytical index for ready consultation that includes the main judicial cases and legal instruments cited throughout the Yearbook.

addenda seems to rest with L.Gordesiani. Previous editions and discussions in Georgian and Russian periodicals are noted. [However, the editors apparently had hardly any access to literature in Western languages (including BE and SEG); the introduction offers references to CIG, IGR and some 19th cent

In: Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum Online
Author: Arie Bloed

CHRONICLE Russia and Georgia disagree on Russian peacekeepers Arie Bloed 1 1. The row between Georgia and Russia about peacekeeping troops The difficult relations between Georgia and the Russian Federation are further deteriorating since the Georgian Parliament in February adopted a resolution

In: Helsinki Monitor
Author: Arie Bloed

CHRONICLE OSCE ’s ‘frozen conflicts’ remain volatile Arie Bloed 1 1. New conflict between Georgia and Russia looming? Although the short August war between Georgia and Russia is still fresh in the memory, some pundits expect a resumption of hostilities some time in the course of this year. The

In: Security and Human Rights

. 3) (Cham) Prot. No. 1 Art. 1 (Vn) 691 Sejdovic v. Italy (Cham) Art. 6 (Vn) 435 1070 15 HRCD [2004–2005] Selistö v. Finland (Cham) Art. 10 (Vn) 455 Senator Lines GmbH v. 15 Member States of the European Union (Ct) Art. 34 (Inadm) 869 Shamayev and 12 Others v. Georgia and Russia (Cham) Art. 2 (NV

In: Human Rights Case Digest
Author: Arie Bloed

confirmed the Georgian accusations that Russian aircraft are regularly violating Georgian airspace. The BMO in this case became an effective ‘shield’ between Georgia and Russia. However, at the end of December last year, Russia officially blocked the continuation of the BMO ’s mandate which now is wrapping

In: Helsinki Monitor