On August 26-29, in Lviv was conducted an Interanational scientific conference “East European Cataclysms and the Making of Modern International Law”. Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights was one of the partners of this conference, jointly convened by the Leipzig Centet of History and Culture of Central and Eastern Europe in cooperation with the Rule of Law Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University, the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Österreichischer Austauschdienst, Kooperationsbüro Lemberg with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. Main convenors of the conference were Prof.Dr. Stefan Troebst from Leipzig and Oksana Holovko-Havrysheva from Lviv.
During the conference the experts had discusses contemporary challenges of the modern international law, the challenges faced by the international society today and history of the development of the global legal system. Main aim of the conference is to demonstrate the role of the Central and Eastern European natives in the development of international law.
Conference was opened on August, 26, by the lecture of the well-known American historian, professor of Stanford University Norman Naimark, on “World History of Genocide”, in which he gave a a detailed description of the evolution of this phenomenon and the public attitude to it on the different historical -stages. On the next day, there were conducted 4 plenary sessions, devoted to such topics as “Lviv – Lemberg – Lwów: The “Mecca” of Modern International Law”, “History of International Law and International Law in History”, “Institutions and Organizations: The League of Nations”, “National Traditions of International Law”. Among the rapporteurs were the representatives of Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Switzerland and Israel. Its own report on “Unknown Genocide: Rafał Lemkin’s conceptions of non-physical genocide, their historical background and influence on contemporary international law” had delivered Member of the Governing Board of the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights Ivan Horodyskyy. Also the reports were delivered by such Ukrainian lawyers as Oksana Senatorova, Volodymyr Honcharov, Ihor Zeman, Olha Butkevych and Dmytro Koval.
On August, 28th were held a Round-table discussion on “Warfare and Lawfare. A Roundtable Discussion” the keynote speaker of which was known Estonian international lawyer Lauri Mälksoo. During the round-table the questions of abuse of law and defamation of law as the essential elements of modern armed conflicts, i.e. conflict in the Eastern Ukraine. The discussants were international lawyers Cindy Daase (Konstanz), Oksana Holovko-Havrysheva (Lviv), Oleksandr Merezhko (Kiev), Volodymyr Motyl (Lviv). After the lunch participants had an excursion to the motherland of Hersch Lauterpacht – renaissance town Zhovkva near Lviv.
On August, 29, 2015 at the Ukrainian Catholic University was held a workshop “International law and its history in Ukrainian lands”. In frames of the event were delivered a reports of Ukrainian and foreign lawyers devoted to the history of international law and Ukraine. In particular, the participants had an opportunity to learn about the development of the international law in Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkov, Odessa and about the outsdanding inmates of these scientific centers, such as Raphael Lemkin, Hersch Lauterpacht, Jan Karski, Gustav Rozhkowski, Ludwik Ehrlich, Petr Kazanskyi, Tykhon Stepanov, Vasyl Nezabytovskyi, Otto Eichelman, Juliusz Makariewicz, Kazimierz Stazynski and many others. Besides their life and heritage, the special attention was paid to the impact of their scientific heritage on the modern international law. The keynote speaker of the workshop had become one of the best Ukrainian specialists on history of international law, Senior Research Fellow of the Volodymyr Koretskyi Institute of State and Law Kostiantyn Savchuk. Among the speakers also were Volodymyr Lysyk, Vitaliy Gutnyk, Andriy Hankevych (Lviv), Olesya Tragniuk, Tetyana Anakina (Kharkiv), Natakiya Hendel (Odesa), Adam Redzik (Poland). In the workshop participated famous historians Stefan Troebst (Germany) and Norman Naimark (USA), and also well-known international lawyers Lauri Mälksoo (Estonia), Olha Butkevych and Oleksandr Merezhko (Ukraine).
The conference had become a significant event in the life of international legal community of Lviv, Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe. In the nearest time are scheduled other great international legal events, the partner of which will become Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights. About the time and venue we will inform you soon.