Post-Soviet Legal Choices 5: Ukraine Lessons Learned and the Future of Law

30 January 2023

Time: 12-13:30 (Helsinki time)
In person at Metsätalo, Alexander room and via Zoom


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Event Description:

President Zelensky has said, “lawyers will put an end to this war after the military, after the politicians.” Russia’s war against Ukraine is a battle over territory, but it is also a battle over ideas. Law is one of those ideas. Should and do states observe principles of territorial integrity? Should, and do, states adhere to the Law of Armed Conflict? Should states be free to determine their own destiny, or have that destiny dictated by more powerful states? In this presentation, former U.S. national security official, federal judge, and now professor sets an agenda for looking at some of legal lessons we might derive from Russia’s war against Ukraine addressing, among other topics, United Nations reform, security assurances, and war crimes accountability.


Judge Jamie Baker, Director of the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law
Judge Jamie Baker is Director of the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law as well as a Professor at the Syracuse College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He previously served as a Judge and Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. As a career civil servant, Baker served as Legal Adviser and Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council. He has also served as Counsel to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and Intelligence Oversight Board, an attorney in the U.S. Department of State, an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and as a Marine Corps infantry officer. In addition to teaching at Syracuse, he has taught at Yale, Iowa, Pittsburgh, Washington University (St. Louis), and Georgetown. He is the author of numerous articles and three books: The Centaur’s Dilemma: National Security Law for the Coming AI Revolution (Brookings 2021); In the Common Defense: National Security Law for Perilous Times (Cambridge 2007); and, with Michael Reisman, Regulating Covert Action (Yale 1992).