Truth Hounds held an international conference “International Criminal Justice Cascade: From the ICC to the National Courts and Back”

On May 17-18, 2019, the Truth Hounds held an international conference “International Criminal Justice Cascade: From the ICC to the National Courts and Back” at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
The conference was a vivid example of the harmonic combination of theory, presented by leading scientists of Ukraine and Europe, and of practices, presented by International Criminal Court representatives, by the human rights movements and international criminal law science, by discussions on the hybrid war, legal issues and effectiveness of international procedures. Discussions at the conference were organized into the following panels:

  • hybrid war, lawfare and international criminal law
  • interaction of national and international jurisdictions: challenges and opportunities
  • teaching international criminal law: what to focus on?
  • standards for documenting international crimes: how to apply in practice?
  • the principle of complementarity as the basis of the ISS.

For Truth Hounds this conference became an important starting point in the implementation of the “Human Rights and Justice” initiative within the framework of the UNDP project “Civil Society for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights in Ukraine” with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the International Renaissance Foundation’s program “Fighting impunity for massive human rights violations and other international crimes committed in an armed conflict”

Opening remarks of Mr. Marcus Brand, Senior Advisor on Democratic Governance and Sustainable Development United Nations Development Programme


Speech of Mr. Mark Voyger, Senior lecturer in Russian and Eastern European Studies at the Baltic Defense College, on what the “lawfare” is


Ms. Olena Snihyr, the Leading Specialist of the Center for International Studies of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, holds a session about the lawfare in the Black Sea region


Ms. Nadia Volkova, Director of Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group, tells if lawfare is an effective method to combat modern warfare


Speech of Mr. Volodymyr Lysyk, Associate Professor of the Department of International Law of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, on features of war crimes in hybrid warfare


Mr. Andres Parmas, Assistant in criminal law, University of Tartu, the judge at Tallinn Circuit Court, shares the estonian experience of the transposition of norms of international criminal law into a domestic one


Speech of Ms. Kateryna Busol, Legal Consultant at Global Rights Compliance LLP, on amnesties in Ukraine’s armed conflict.


Mr. Benjamin Gumpert, Senior Trial Lawyer, Prosecutions Division of the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC, tells about domestic preservation of evidence on the Ongwen case’s example.


Speech of Ms. Małgorzata Myl, Assistant of the Department of International Public Law and European law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Silesia, on documenting international crimes as a guarantee of enforcement of the right to truth.


Mr. Roman Avramenko, Head of the Board of Truth Hounds, shares the field experience of the Truth Hounds in documenting war crimes.


Speech of Mr. Mykola Gnatovskyy, Resident of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National University, First Vice-President of the Ukrainian Association of International Law, on the principle of complementarity in the statute of the ICC and its (non) understanding in Ukraine.


Closing remarks of Dmytro Koval, conference co-organiser