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International Law and the Conflict in Ukraine

Date: 9-11 September 2022

Coordinator: Professor Leila Sadat, Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor; James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, School of Law, Washington University in St Louis, USA

Short description: Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States recently observed that her country had made the “civilisational choice,” to put its faith in international law and international institutions. Indeed, international institutions have been engaged in various aspects of the Ukraine conflict to an unprecedented degree. This short course will explore some of the many ways in which international law and institutions have been asked to address elements of the conflict including State responsibility, accountability for human rights abuses, individual criminal accountability, and economic concerns. It will also ask whether international law and institutions have succeeded in Ukraine, and whether lessons learned in that conflict can translate to concrete action elsewhere.

Lecturers:

Professor Leila Sadat, Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor; James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, School of Law, Washington University in St Louis, USA

Professor Larissa van den Herik, Professor of Public International Law, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands (tbc)

Professor Payam Akhavan, Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, Canada; Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague; Special Advisor on Genocide to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

Dr. Sergey Sayapin, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, KIMEP University’s School of Law, Kazakistan

Sessions:

Introduction to the Course:

Origins and History of the Conflict in Ukraine

International Law as Remedy and Response

Human Rights Institutions and Regimes

The Response of other European Institutions

State Responsibility for Aspects of the Conflict

The International Criminal Court:

Jurisdiction and admissibility; distinction between decision to open an investigation proprio motu and pursuant to a State Referral

Substantive allegations of War Crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide

Sexual and Gender Based Violence & Protection of Children

Potential perpetrators? Modes of liability

The Crime of Aggression

Ukrainian & Universal Jurisdiction Prosecutions

Sanctions and Other Remedies

Registration deadline:  August 26, 2022