Conflict in the Caucasus: Implications for International by Christopher P.M. Waters, James Green


By Christopher P.M. Waters, James Green

This book addresses a number of elements of the clash among Georgia and Russia over the breakaway sector of South Ossetia in August 2008, together with using strength, human rights, transnational litigation and overseas legislations 'rhetoric'. The details of the clash are explored along their wider implications for overseas order.

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It should be noted that following the conflict Georgia indicated that it would withdraw from the CIS (the withdrawal took place on 12 August 2009), sparking a debate within Georgia as to whether in doing so Georgia was ‘cutting off its nose to spite its face’. 38. Though as noted earlier, the OSCE (and its forerunner, the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe) did have an important role in monitoring compliance with the ceasefire. 39. ‘Seven Applications against Georgia Concerning Hostilities in South Ossetia’, Press Release of the Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights (14 January 2009).

9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. M. Waters focus on ‘the mutual generative normative activity of agents and structures in international law and politics’. S. Nye, Jr. (2004) ‘The Decline of America’s Soft Power: Why Washington Should Worry’, Foreign Affairs, 83, 16. For a recent example, see N. Rostow (2009) ‘International Law and the Use of Force: A Plea for Realism’, Yale Journal of International Law, 34, 548. C. ’, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, 56, 157. D. McGoldrick (2004) From ‘9–11’ to the Iraq War 2003 (Oxford: Hart).

See G. Smith et al. (1998) Nation Building in the Post-Soviet Borderlands: The Politics of National Identities (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). G. Suny (1994) The Making of the Georgian Nation (Bloomington: Indiana University Press). On the challenges facing the return of refugees/internally displaced persons to their homes of origin, see A. Smit (2006) ‘Property Law Aspects of Refugee and IDP Returns: Case Studies of Georgia and Kosovo’ in P. ) Migration, Diasporas and Legal Systems in Europe (London: Cavendish), as well as her chapter (Chapter 6) in this volume.

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