22 March, Birmingham: The Impact of the ECtHR’s case law on Property Rights of IDPs in Ukraine

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Date: Wednesday, 22 March, 3 pm – 4 pm,

Venue: University of Birmingham, Law School, 2nd floor, Senior common room

Admission: Free and open for all

Speaker: Dr Gulara Guliyeva

In February 2014, the Russian Federation began a military operation which led to its annexation of Ukraine’s Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Following a swift occupation, on 18 March 2014, President Putin signed a bill declaring ‘reunification’ of the Crimean peninsula with Russia. Subsequently, in April 2014, Russian militants and pro-Russian separatist groups occupied government buildings in Donbas and Luhansk, and proclaimed themselves to be independent of Ukraine. As a result, around 1.7 million people from Crimea and eastern Ukraine fled their homes and registered as internally displaced people (IDPs) in other parts of Ukraine. Not only these people lost their property, but also they experienced a number of difficulties associated with the receipt of pensions and social allowances.

The paper The Impact of the ECtHR’s case law on Property Rights of IDPs in Ukraine examines property rights as interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights, and their potential impact on the rights of IDPs in Ukraine. It is noteworthy that the term ‘property’ has an autonomous interpretation under the ECHR, which includes not only movable objects and real estate, but also welfare entitlements.  Therefore, the paper analyses not only the case law pertaining to the loss of property of IDPs who had to flee their homes, but also the jurisprudence on pensions and other welfare entitlements.

Dr Gulara Guliyeva has been developing a record of strong research in European Law, published in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections.

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