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Birkbeck’s Big Ideas: Russia’s Annexation of Crimea, and the Fate of the Crimean Tatars

September 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



Wednesday, 14 September 2016 from 18:00 to 20:00


639 Enterprise Centre, 639 High Rd, N17 8AA London


Free. Register here The event is FREE and open to all, but please note that seating is allocated on a first come first served basis.

Birkbeck’s Big Ideas

A series of thought provoking events designed to inspire the local community

About the Talk

Was Russia justified in annexing Crimea in 2014? Was Crimea part of Russia or of Ukraine? What was the Crimean War 1853-6 about? Did Ukraine exist before WWII? Who are the Crimean Tatars? Are they the indigenous people of Crimea? What are their rights? Why did Ukraine refuse them citizenship when they started to return in the 1980s? Why has Russia now banned their representative body, the Mejlis? Bill Bowring has been travelling to Crimea and working with the Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and Russians since the 1990s, and will try to answer these questions.

Who is Professor Bill Bowring?

Bill Bowring teaches human rights and international law. His first degree was in Philosophy, from the University of Kent. He has been at Birkbeck since 2006. He previously taught at University of East London, Essex University and London Metropolitan University. As a practising barrister, he has represented applicants before the European Court of Human Rights in many cases since 1992. Bill has over 100 publications on topics of international law, human rights, minority rights, Russian law and philosophy, all from a Marxist perspective. His latest book is Law, Rights and Ideology in Russia: Landmarks in the Destiny of a Great Power (Routledge 2013). A more detailed summary of interests, and to purchase his books can be found on his personal websites at:



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September 14, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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639 Enterprise Centre
639 High Rd
London, N17 8AA
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