24 Sep 2022
Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A WTO Perspective
A new article in Global Trade and Customs Journal, written by our very own MILE 19 alumna and PhD candidate, Yuliia Kucheriava
Yuliia Kucheriava, MILE 19 WTI Alumna and PhD candidate published an article, titled "Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: A WTO Perspective", in the Global Trade and Customs Journal, Volume 17, Issue 10 (2022) pp. 417 – 430
Times of emergency in international relations are, indeed, a true test, not just for individuals but also for legal frameworks, including the one of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). This article aims to assess the ability of the WTO legal framework to address challenges that have arisen due to the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This is done through a two-pronged approach covering: (1) a general assessment of provisions of the relevant WTO Agreements and their role for addressing the current conflict in Ukraine; (2) an assessment of potential limitations to the system that may preclude effective response to the conflict. The article demonstrates that despite the fact that WTO Agreements do not provide for a specific set of rights and obligations to regulate trade in times of war, they contain various mechanisms that help ‘keep a finger on the pulse’ to maintain order on the international trade arena. This is done, inter alia, via the various exemptions and exceptions WTO Members may resort to in times of extraordinary events. It further argues that despite its potential limitations, WTO law provides for a whole range of instruments to dissuade or ward off actions like the unpreceded invasion of Ukraine.