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Question at hand
Sazonova K.L. - International law and Ukrainian conflict: what was, what will be, and what the heart shall find its rest in. pp. 1-15


Abstract: The Ukrainian crisis has been the subject of much discussion in the latest months. A large amount of information is provided, and the special attention is paid to the international legal aspects of the situation. At the same times, the references to the international law are being rather frivolous and they lack clear substantiation.  Such references with rather relative understanding of the situation serve as grounds for speculations with international legal categories and terms. It seems necessary to clarify international stereotypes regarding international legal aspects of the Ukrainian events, which have formed in the latest months in the information zones both in Russia and abroad. The article uses materials and comments of both Russian and foreign international law scholars and politicians regarding the Ukrainian conflict within the framework of international law.  The article may be divided into two relative parts. Firstly, the author generalizes the most popular techniques for the speculations with the term "international law" in the information sphere in the latest months. Then, the article provides legal evaluation of the six most popular international law theses regarding Ukraine and Crimea situation.  Additionally, the author discusses the possible influence of the Ukrainian events on the further development of international law. 
Korol'kova E.E. - The right to use force and the work of private military and security contractors in armed conflicts pp. 1-7


Abstract: This article analyzed the interpretation of generally recognized principles of international law, such as the principle of sovereign equality of the states, principle of refraining from the threat or use of force in international relations, principle of non-intervention into internal affairs of other states in realization of the foreign policy. Using the example of the United States, in is demonstrated how with assistance of the private military and security contractors  hired by the government for participation in the armed conflicts, they intervene into the internal affairs of other state, violating the aforementioned principles of international law. The author suggests to introduce the norm on assignment to the government of the actions of the private military and security contractors into the project of international convention on the work of private military and security contractors; prohibit the transnational corporations and other legal and private entities to hire them for realization of the tasks associated with the use of force in the armed conflict zone; establish the hiring mechanism for the private military and security contractors for execution of tasks in the foreign state territory exceptionally in accordance with the agreement of the receiving state.
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