Piotr Uhma: The Principle of Non-Intervention in Contemporary International Law

The Principle of Non-Intervention in Contemporary International Law

Piotr Uhma

Piotr Uhma’s project focuses on conceptual issues of the evolution in the application of the “non-intervention” principle by states and international organizations since 1945, through the years of the Cold War to contemporary international relations. Placing his research in a broader context of international relations the project refers to the differences between pre-modern, modern and postmodern states, which to a certain extent mirror the debate about unity and fragmentation of international law. It also explores international law counter-types, which exclude the illegality of interventionism. Eventually, the project discusses a growing omnipotence of international organizations, which together with the doctrine of implied powers, pose a question about the content of a general clause of authorization to intervene that such organizations claim to enjoy.

Piotr Uhma is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in international law at the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University. He received his PhD in law from the Faculty of Law of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland in 2013. His dissertation on “Law creating resolutions of the UN Security Council” examines the differences between the UNSC resolutions through their law-creating effects. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Company Law from the Law School of Warsaw University (2006) and a Masters of Law from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (2004). From 2014-2015 he was a Senior Good Governance Advisor in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Skopje. From 2012-2014 he served as a Senior Human Rights Officer in the OSCE, Mission in Kosovo. Previously he worked as Director of the Legal and Corporate Communications Office of the Polish Electric Power Grid company, PSE Operator S.A. and performed various consultancy and public speaking assignments in places such as Prague, Sydney, Jakarta, Strasbourg, Vienna, Amman, Nairobi, Denver, Seoul and Pamplona. He is the co-founder and President of the European Institute Pro Futuro Europae. His academic interests revolve around the theory of international law, the concept of sovereignty, interventionism and international organizations.


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