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LMC 2022

Can the Law Win? International Law and International Organisations

Bobby Fuller Four, I Fought the Law [1966]

For small states, the primacy of international law is an existential issue. Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine and the atrocities committed there by Russian troops have once again brought into focus questions of international rights, the strength of international law, and the relevance of international organisations.


Mia Bennett

Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Michael Carpenter

Ambassador, U.S. Mission to the OSCE

Norbert Lammert

Chairman, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung

Eva-Maria Liimets

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia


Lolita Cigane
Lolita Čigāne

International Consultant, Various

  • Can international law still defend small states?
  • Can international law and international organisations prevent war?
  • Should organisations like the Arctic Council, UNESCO, UNSC, ICC, OSCE adapt to remain relevant?
  • Or should the whole system be remade to give it real teeth?
  • Could the war against Ukraine galvanise the international community into overhauling international law and organisations to better manage and preserve international order?
  • Is there any chance that Russian war criminals could face justice before the ICC?

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