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Aggression against Ukraine and Austrian Neutrality

4:30pm - 6:00pm / Thursday 2nd November 2023 / Venue: SLSJ Events Space, Ground Floor. School of Law & Social Justice
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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Speaker: Professor Erika de Wet, University of Graz, Austria.

Since 1955 the international law construct of neutrality is anchored in the Austrian constitution. This lecture assesses the legal implications of this neutral status in the wake of the EU response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. This includes an assessment of the core elements of neutrality, examples of potential violations of neutrality, and more broadly the distinction between military support and conflict participation.

Since 2020 Erika de Wet is Professor of International Law and Head of the Institute of International Law and International Relations, University of Graz, Austria. She is also Honorary Professor at the University of Bonn (since 2015), Germany. From 2004 and 2014 she was tenured Professor of International Constitutional Law at the University of Amsterdam; thereafter founding Co-Director of the Institute of International and Comparative Law in Africa (2011-2015) and the first SARChI Professor of International Constitutional Law (2016-2019) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She currently i.a. serves on the International Law Association’s Committee on the use of force: military assistance on request (Netherlands branch) and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law.