Much can be said about the role of international law in shaping the behavior of states and leaders. Often maligned, international organizations face criticism from those who wish to see them do more: punish human rights violations, sanction aggressive state actors, and prevent wars of aggression. While these are overall purported goals of international organizations, the way they attempt to effectuate change is sometimes unclear. Nowhere is this more true than the way the international organizations have reacted to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review on December 26, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Gregg, Corbin, "Putin Skirts the ICC: The Invasion of Ukraine and the Symbolic Power of International Law" (2023). CICLR Online. 96.