“Plebiscites are not respected unless they hold international backing, even if they are considered a domestic matter and a democratic right”, explains Dr Malloy in her 8 March blog post The referendum in Crimea: why self-proclaimed plebiscites do not work.
Because of the paradoxes of international law, she even predicts that Crimea will “…join the ever growing list of conundrums in international law” alongside for instance Palestine and Western Sahara.
ECMI associates’ reflections
Dr Malloy is far from the only one with relations to European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) who reflected on the Crimea crisis in public this week.
ECMI Advisory Council members Professor Stefan Wolff, Professor Jim Hughes, and Dr Gwendolyn Sasse have contributed on the theconversation.com, the LSE blog, and in Washington Post respectively, while the previous ECMI Director, Professor Marc Weller wrote on BBC News Europe.
4 March: In How can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia secure a stable future? Stefan Wolff and co-writer, Professor Tatyana Malyarenko, consider what a longer-term solution for Crimea might look like in light of the different demands being made.
3 March: The issue of autonomy for the province of Crimea, and whether or not this could be a viable alternative to war, is considered by Gwendolyn Sasse in Crimean autonomy: A viable alternative to war?
3 March: In The events of recent days mean that Russia now holds all the cards over the secession of Crimea from Ukraine Jim Hughes traces the history behind the current crisis, noting that the situation has its roots in the international management of secession during the 1990s, and concludes that Russia is very much in the driving seat in determining where Crimea’s future will lie.
7 March: And finally, Marc Weller examines the legal issues raised by Russia’s intervention in Crimea in Ukraine gripped by rival rallies.