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3 May 2022
Webinar: The Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The Dullah Omar Institute will be hosting a webinar as part of the SARChI Dialogue Series titled “The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: International Law and the Making of Peace: Problems, Processes, and Solutions”.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 4 May 2022
Time: 14h00 - 15h30 (SAST)
Platform: Zoom



Professor Xavier Philippe is a Professor of Public Law at the Law Faculty of the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Sorbonne School of Law) and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape.

In the peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia in the past weeks, the governance of Crimea, the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, and Luhansk People's Republic are on the agenda. In terms of international law, in particular, the right to self-determination, what are the principles and processes required for international boundary changes? Even if, new governance arrangements are agreed upon by the parties concerned, how are the claims of war crimes and crimes against humanity to be dealt with?

Professor Phillipe holds a State Doctorate in Law (1989) and was appointed Professor in 1990 at the University of La Réunion (Indian Ocean) after having been a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Aix-Marseilles (1985-1989). From 1995 until 2001, he has been seconded to South Africa during the transition period as a legal expert and academic at the University of the Western Cape. From 2004 until 2007, he was seconded to the International Committee of the Red Cross as Regional Legal Advisor for the countries of the former Soviet Union (Moscow delegation). From 2008 to 2018, he was a Professor at the University of Aix-Marseille (AMU) and headed the Louis Favoreu Institute. His main fields of expertise are Comparative Constitutional Law (drafting processes), Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law and Transitional justice. He is also deeply involved in constitutions rebuilding processes in post-conflict or post crises situations, especially in Tunisia and Myanmar, where he participated in national dialogue and constitution rebuilding processes.