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Conference: United Legal Front for Ukraine: Justice and Accountability for the War in Ukraine

In November 2023, the Ukrainian Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute will be hosting an international conference on justice and accountability for the war in Ukraine (the International Conference). The International Conference will gather politicians, diplomats, experts, and civil society organisations working in the field. 

Participation in the International Conference is by invitation only. Please contact for further information. 

The recording of the sessions will be available on this website after the event. 

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Agenda

Day 1 

Welcome Remarks - Dr Samuel Cogolati, Belgian MP

Opening session 

Baroness Helena Kennedy KC, IBAHRI, Director

Dr Mark Ellis, IBA, Executive Director

Mykola Stetsenko, UBA, President

 

9:35 - 11:00- Panel I: Collection and Preservation of Evidence of Russia’s Crimes in Ukraine:  The Progress Made and Challenges Encountered 

Chair: Baroness Helena Kennedy KC, IBAHRI, Director

Co-chair: Mykola Stetsenko, UBA, President

Speakers: 

  • The Rt Hon Victoria Prentis KC MP, Attorney General, UK

  • Azeem Ibrahim, Newline Institute, Senior Director (video)

  • Carrie Bowker, EyeWitness for Atrocities, Director

  • Elsa Taquet, Trial International, Senior Legal Advisor

  • Iryna Nedobor, Deputy Head of Office to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

 

The panel will discuss the steps taken by States, international bodies, and civil society organisations to document the crimes perpetrated by Russia in Ukraine. The panel will discuss some of the good practices, and challenges, and identify recommendations for the way forward. 

11:15 - 12:45 - Panel II. The Ukrainian Justice System Dealing with Atrocity Crimes: Achievements, Challenges and Room for Improvement 

Chair: Kasia Madera, BBC journalist

Co-chair: Emily Foale, IBAHRI

Speakers: 

  • Dr Mark Ellis, IBA, Executive Director

  • Stanislav Kravchenko, Supreme Court of Ukraine, President

  • Oleksandr Baranov, Legal Aid Coordination Centre, Head 

  • Oleksandra  Matviichuk, Center for Civil Liberties, Head,

  • Yevheniia Bondarenko, EU Pravo-Justice Project in Ukraine, Expert 

 

The panel will discuss the efforts in Ukraine to investigate and prosecute the crimes perpetrated by Russia. It will comment on the law and procedure concerning the war crimes trial, and how they are implemented. 

14:30 - 16:00 - Panel III. The Special Tribunal for the Crime of Aggression - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? 

Chair: Dr Irina Paliashvili, UBA

Co-chair: Dr Ewelina Ochab, IBAHRI 

Speakers: 

  • Prof. Philippe Sands, Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at UCL, Director, Professor

  • Anton Korynevych, Government Representative of Ukraine at the International Court of Justice (video)

  • Inga Martinkute, European Society of International Law, Board Member

  • Olivier Corten and Vaios Koutroulis, Université Libre de Bruxelles 

  • Kyle Matthews, Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies, Executive Director 

 

The panel will discuss the initiatives to establish a Special Tribunal for the Crime of Aggression, the progress made so far, the challenges encountered, and the chances of the tribunal becoming a reality. 

16:15 - 17:45 - Panel IV. Putting Victims and Survivors First - Protection, Assistance, Reparations

Chair: Dr Samuel Cogolati, Belgian MP

Co-chair: Dr Ivan Horodyskyy, UBA

Speakers: 

  • Olga Butkevych, Ukrainian Association of International Law, President 

  • Bill Browder, The Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign, Founder and Lead

  • Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi, International Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, Executive Director 

  • Svitlana Romanova, Metinvest Holding, Chief Legal Officer  

  • Roman Vashchuk, Business Ombudsman in Ukraine

  • Maksym Popov, Advisor to the Prosecutor General of Ukraine

 

The panel will discuss the often underrepresented topic of victims, survivors and witnesses - and how to ensure that their rights are protected and their needs are addressed. 

17:45 - 18:00 - Closing session

Day 2

9:30 - 12:00 - Breakfast meeting

 

12:30 - 15:00 - Session in the EP, hosted by Anna Fotyga MEP (ECR), David Lega MEP (EPP) & Viola Von Cramon-Taubadel MEP (Greens/EFA) (Invitation only)

Keynote: Dmytro KULEBA, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Speakers include: 

Baroness Helena KENNEDY KC, IBAHRI, Director 

Dr Mark ELLIS, IBA, Executive Director 

Mykola STETSENKO, UBA, President 

Dr. Ewelina OCHAB, IBAHRI Senior Programme Lawyer

Dr. Anton KORYNEVYCH (online), Government Representative of Ukraine at the International Court of Justice 

Prof. Philipe SANDS (video address), Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London, Director 

Olga BUTKEVYCH, Ukrainian Association of International Law, President

Stanislav KRAVCHENKO, Supreme Court of Ukraine, President 

Prof. Magdalena GAWIN, Raphael Lemkin Center for Documenting Russian Crimes in Ukraine, Director 

Andreas KLEISER, International Commission on Missing Persons, Director for Policy and Cooperation 

Bill BROWDER, The Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign, Founder and Lead 

Markiyan KLIUCHKOVSKYI, International Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, Executive Director

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