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Masterclass: International Criminal Law and the War in Ukraine


Join Edinburgh Law School for our Masterclass ‘International Criminal Law and the War in Ukraine’ – a two-day online course which looks into some of the most important questions of the law of genocide, war crimes and aggression as it applies to the current conflict in Ukraine.

This course will be held on 16 and 17 July 2024. The course fee is £215.00 and all participants will receive a certificate of completion from Edinburgh Law School at the end of the course.

In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea (part of the territory of its neighbour Ukraine), following this up with support for separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Eight years later, in 2022, a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine was launched.

These events triggered protests from the international community, with a large majority in the UN General Assembly demanding the unconditional withdrawal of Russian troops. Reports of crimes committed during the invasion soon emerged, with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry in Ukraine finding in October 2022 that war crimes had been carried out since February 2022, and noting that Russian armed forces had been responsible “for the vast majority of the violations identified”.

What are the tools that international law can employ to counter abuses of this kind? The International Criminal Court (ICC) was set up in 1998 precisely because its creators felt that “the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole must not go unpunished”. In 2023, and again in 2024, the Court did indeed issue arrest warrants against Russian officials, including President Putin. But what are the legal challenges that this situation encounters? What crimes exactly can the ICC prosecute, and are there limits to its jurisdiction? What can we learn from past cases in this field?

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