the diplomat mentioned three options for creating a tribunal on the Russian Federation

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Peter Kavinsky

The Grand Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ukrainian agent at the International Court of Justice Anton Korynevych, believes that the tribunal is the only mechanism to bring Russia to justice for the crimes committed in Ukraine.

He stated this during his speech at the second event in the series “The Power of International Justice. Dialogues between Diplomats and Lawyers”, devoted to the large-scale subject of the establishment of a special international tribunal for crimes committed during Russia’s armed aggression.

“The greatest aggression in Europe since 1945 cannot go unanswered by international law. And in order to be held responsible for the crime of aggression against Ukraine, it is necessary to establish a tribunal. There is no other mechanism,” he explained.

Korynevych stressed that Ukraine can already work out options for the establishment of this tribunal.

“It could be the Nuremberg model of an international treaty between states. She is absolutely capable. Or it could be a UN General Assembly resolution authorizing the UN Secretary General to make an agreement with Ukraine. Then the agreement between Ukraine and the UN will be the legal basis, and the charter will be added to it,” the diplomat explained.

As a third option, he gave an example of an agreement between Ukraine and a European international organization.

“Actually, there are many options. Legitimacy can be guaranteed if there is a key element. And the most important element is the political will of our international partners,” he summed up.

The event was attended by Stanislav Kravchenko, President of the Criminal Court of Cassation; Oleksandr Merezhko, chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Policy; working group on the establishment of a special international tribunal for the crime of aggression against Ukraine Oleg Gavrish, Head of the Secretariat of the Office of Human Rights Commissioner Roman Romanyuk, Executive Director of the International Bar Association Mark Ellis, former Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia David Tolbert, moderator of the event Marina Stavniychuk, ex-member of the Venice Commission.

Also read: An interference group was established in the Rada.Tribunal for Russian aggressors”

As reported by Ukrinform, in the Verkhovna Rada an inter-fraction association “Tribunal for Russian Aggressors” was established, which consisted of 50 deputies. Rights candidate, MP Alexander Kachura and MP and head of the permanent delegation from the Verkhovna Rada to PACE Maria Mezentseva became co-chairs.


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