Countering Russian Occupation by Law – Measuring Success

The war of 2008 between Georgia and Russia is once again the topic of discussion among academia and wider public. The conflict was unexpected for many and even though it ended in a short time the consequences of the war are still a major challenge preventing Georgian society from fulfilling its historical goal to reintegrate with European institutions. The ongoing occupation of Georgian territories led Georgian lawmakers to design legal instruments to delegitimize various activities and initiatives that presented threat to Georgia’s sovereignty and security. The special law was adopted in 2011 countering effects of the occupation. The law has become the subject of controversial debate and our presentation aims to introduce public to the content as well as debate surrounding the legal instrument. The presentation will address the key standards of the law and will analyze the various factors affecting their implementation