Ukrainian refugees urged to share their experiences of war crimes
107 people, including 67 Ukrainian lawyers now living in Ireland, attended an information and networking event at the Law Society on 31 July. Information was given on practising law in this country. Another 31 Ukrainian lawyers in Ireland couldn’t attend but will receive the materials.
Members of UILA are helping the Irish Red Cross distribute food and clothing assistance to people arriving in Ireland from Ukraine. €40,000 of vouchers were distributed yesterday, 3 August. See Irish Independent and RTE reports.
UILA volunteers are also working on site in Maynooth at a Red Cross clinic, providing information on services in Ireland to displaced Ukrainians.
JusticeInfo.net reports on 18 June that Germany is invoking universal jurisdiction to investigate several hundred war crimes in Ukraine, including political and military officials.
In the UK, the Metropolitan Police reported on 22 April that it had received ‘around 50’ referrals relating to alleged war crimes in Ukraine. The information is being gathered by the Met’s war crimes team, and may be shared with the International Criminal Court.
Other states investigating alleged war crimes in Ukraine include France, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Sweden, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain, and Canada.
On 8 June 2022, members of UILA and the Association of Ukrainian Lawyers in Ireland met Senator Barry Ward and Jim O’Callaghan TD at Leinster House. Discussions included recognising Ukrainian legal qualifications in Ireland and implementing efficient sanctions and redress measures.
The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) with European Lawyers Foundation are holding a webinar on EU Sanctions: Measures Following the Russian Invasion of Ukraine on 15 June at 8:00-10:00 IST. Free but you must register by 14 June. More information and registration here.
The EU Asylum Agency has launched a Survey of Arriving Migrants from Ukraine, as ‘a platform where you can share your experiences of your journey, your arrival in Europe and your relocation plans’.
REDRESS has published a new guide to law and practice on universal jurisdiction in England and Wales. Thirteen countries have launched investigations into crimes committed in Ukraine since 24 February 2022. This is one of a series of briefing papers aiming to build practitioners’ knowledge and capacity to fight impunity by bringing cases under the framework of universal jurisdiction.