War crimes in the Ukrainian war: Possibilities for prosecution

15 September 2022, 6:30 pm


The war of aggression on the Ukraine which began on 24 February 2022 has caused immeasurable suffering. According to the counting of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the war has caused over 5,000 casualities in the Ukrainian civilian population until 1 August. Yet, these are only those figures of civilian causalities, verified by the UN. The actual number of dead and injured people is estimated to be much higher.

The Russian armed forces are accused of bombing civilian objectives like hospitals during their air strikes. After the withdrawal of the Russian army from the area around Kyiv in April, numerous civilian causalities were found. According to eye witnesses, the people were systematically killed by Russian soldiers. Russia denies this accusation.

The Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll will talk about the accusation of the massacres against the civilian population and sexual war violence with the two experts Andreas Schüller and Nadia Volkova. The two lawyers work in Berlin and Kyiv on the criminal responsibility of armed forces and are familiar with the issue of how war crimes can be proved at all.

We want to discuss the possibilities of the international law, what it can contribute to the clarification and prosecution of war crimes in the Ukrainian war together with them. In Germany, investigations according to the principle of universal jurisdiction are already being carried out. How can this be related to the proceedings at the International Criminal Court? What is necessary to enable the Ukraine to recondition the great number of deeds in fair and independent proceedings? Where are the limits of international law?

You are well invited to ask questions and to discuss together with us during the meeting.


Nadia Volkova (director of the civil society organization Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group, ULAG)

Andreas Schüller (head of the program area International Crimes and Accountability, ECCHR)

Moderation: Carola Hausotter (director of studies, Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll)

The Evangelische Akademie Bad Boll kindly invites to the online-event in cooperation with ECCHR and ULAG.

Event languages are German and English. There will be a simultaneous interpreter. The event is free of charge. We will send the event link to all registered persons on the days prior to the talk.



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