The Concept of ‘Grey Zone’s’ in Public International Law: with Special Reference to the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict in Crimea

  • Delicia Getzi Surendher
  • Show Author Details
  • Delicia Getzi Surendher

    Student at St. Joseph's College of Law, India

  • img Save PDF


The aim of this paper is to examine the three areas of public international law which Russia has undermined during the Ukrainian conflict are the acceptance of Russia's position in the conflict, the use of force against Ukraine, and the passportization in Donbass. This paper intends to show that the assessing of the legality of Russian acts is not as challenging as perceived. Only the perseverance of public international law would allow for the declaration of Russian actions to be illegal and the prosecution of Russia. Ukraine has long played a significant if often underappreciated, position in global security. Today, the country appears to be at the forefront of a resurgent great-power rivalry, which many observers believe would shape international relations in the coming decades. Since the Cold War, Russia's intervention in Ukraine has caused Europe's worst security crisis, owing to a variety of factors. The first section of the paper delves into the meaning of the term "grey zone" in international law. The four parts that follow are devoted to analyzing specific Russian activities as examples of conduct conducted in international law's grey zones, the historical background—namely Russian participation in the Ukraine war, the legal classification of Russian actions, and passportization.


Research Paper


International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 2, Page 1033 - 1045


Creative Commons

This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution -NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) (, which permits remixing, adapting, and building upon the work for non-commercial use, provided the original work is properly cited.


Copyright © IJLMH 2021