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  • Introduction
  • Reference Works
  • Textbooks
  • Databases
  • Periodicals
  • Theory and General Issues of International Law
  • Ukraine in International Legal Relations
  • History of International Law
  • Law of International Treaties
  • Law of International Organizations
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • Diplomatic and Consular Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Economic Law
  • International Law of the Sea
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  • Law of the European Union
  • Other Branches and Institutions of International Law

International Law Ukrainian Approaches
Alexander Merezhko
  • LAST REVIEWED: 02 March 2018
  • LAST MODIFIED: 30 September 2013
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199796953-0067


Since 1991, when, after the disintegration of the USSR, Ukraine declared its independence and embarked upon an independent existence as a sovereign state, its school of international law also began to develop separately from the post-Soviet schools of international law of the other former republics of the USSR. Nevertheless, it would be fair to say that the Ukrainian school of international law is rooted in the Soviet school of international law and in some respects continues its traditions. It is also closely linked to the contemporary Russian school of international law, which is attested by the fact that in Ukrainian works on international legal issues, often written not only in Ukrainian but also in Russian, Soviet and Russian authors are often quoted and referred to. The major centers of Ukrainian international legal scholarship are the Koretsky Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Ukraine, named after a prominent Soviet expert on international law and judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Volodymyr Koretsky; the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko Kiev National University; Ivan Franko Lviv National University; and Odessa National Legal Academy.

Reference Works

One of the most important sources on Ukrainian approaches to international law is Yurydychna entsyklopedia, the first volume of which came out in Kiev in 1998, and the last, sixth volume, in 2004. This encyclopedia was published under the aegis of the Koretsky Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Ukraine.

  • Yurydychna entsyklopedia. 6 vols. Kiev: Koretsky Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Ukraine, 1998–2004.

    Contains numerous entries explaining different key concepts and terms in the theory and practice of international law. This encyclopedia has been written by prominent specialists in the field of law, including international law.

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