Cover Osteuropa 1-3/2022

In Osteuropa 1-3/2022

Breaking a Taboo with Advance Notice
Putin’s War and the Law

Angelika Nußberger

Deutsche Fassung


In two speeches immediately before the armed attack on Ukraine, Putin tried to explain his war. His arguments, which drew on history and international law, fell short, however. Nonetheless, neither the sweeping condemnation found in the UN General Assembly, nor the interim injunctions by various courts have been able to put a stop to the attack, which is in violation of international law. It is unclear what kind of effects this fundamental violation of the rules will have on the peaceful order established after the Second World War.

(Osteuropa 1-3/2022, pp. 51–64)