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Memory Laws in Times of (Memory) War: Ukraine’s Militant Democracy Problem

Malksoo, Maria (2018) Memory Laws in Times of (Memory) War: Ukraine’s Militant Democracy Problem. In: 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations 'A New Hope: Back to the Future of International Relations', EISA-CEEISA PEC18, 12-15 September 2018, Prague, Czech Republic. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper probes the urgency ‘militant democracy’ acquires during a democratic transition against the backdrop of a hybrid conflict. Ukraine’s decommunization laws raise a host of thorny questions about the legitimate defence of democracy in times of political transformation and war. Is restricting political freedoms in order to avoid their abuse a more acceptable solution in the context of ongoing nation-building, regime change and active conflict as compared to consolidated democracies during more ‘normal’ times? Mapping the debate on Ukraine’s most recent memory laws, I highlight hybrid warfare as an emerging horizon for militant democracy research, with important ethical and policy implications. Identifying Ukraine as a complex case of belated transition, I draw the inferences of its post-Maidan truth and justice-seeking policies for the EU’s policy on support to transitional justice.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: militant democracy, memory laws, decommunization, Ukraine, EU policy on transitional justice
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: M. Malksoo
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2019 16:32 UTC
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2019 11:29 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/76695 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Malksoo, Maria: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7110-2050
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