This Article examines the legal argument for Russia's military intervention in Georgia. Russia's emphasis on the legal justification for intervention should be viewed as a significant step to the adaptation of Russian foreign policy to post-Soviet norms. Finally, having weathered this crisis, Russia will increasingly construct its foreign policy arguments with an eye toward both following and shaping international law. Part I discusses the various legal documents Russia used in order to justify its intervention in Georgia. Part II gives a critique of the Russian intervention as a peace keeping operation to protect citizens. The article concludes questioning the circumstances in which nations may act unilaterally if international consensus is thwarted by deliberate political gridlock.
Nicolai N. Petro,
Legal Case for Russian Intervention in Georgia,
32 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1524
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