Lecture "Wartime Crimes in Ukraine: Testing the Boundaries of the International Criminal Law and Domestic Criminal Legislation"

On the 22nd of February, we are hosting the lecture "Wartime Crimes in Ukraine: Testing the Boundaries of the International Criminal Law and Domestic Criminal Legislation". The full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia on February 24, 2022, had profound and far-reaching consequences for Ukrainian society. It brought about significant changes across various aspects of social life, leading to irreparable losses in the domestic economy. Addressing the challenges posed by the invasion involves not only putting an end to the aggression but also ensuring accountability for those responsible under international criminal law. This lecture aims to offer an overview and analysis of the ongoing investigations into international crimes committed during the war in Ukraine. It explores the complexities of adapting legal frameworks to address emerging challenges, highlighting the pivotal role of international law in restoring justice and order in terms of and after termination of the legal regime of martial law in Ukraine. Examining certain provisions of the Criminal code of Ukraine in the context of informational threats to national security and territorial integrity, as well as information warfare and propaganda, helps identify current challenges to the international legal order. It also sheds light on potential directions for the development of international criminal law in response to these challenges.

Our guest speaker is Prof. Dr. Alona Klochko. As of May 2022, she assumed the role of a Research Professor and later, in February 2023, transitioned to a Visiting Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland. This followed her position as a Professor in the International Relations Chair at the Law Faculty of Sumy National Agrarian University, where she holds a Doctor of Legal Sciences degree. She was also honored with an invitation to speak at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium, where she delivered a conference addressing war crimes in Ukraine. In 2012, she earned her Ph.D. in Criminal Law and Criminology, specializing in Criminal- executive Law from Dnipro State University of Internal Affairs, Dnipro, Ukraine. Her doctoral thesis focused on “Criminological Characteristics of Bank Robberies and Its Prevention by the Organs of Internal Affairs.” She attained the title of Associate Professor in 2021 at the Chair of Administrative Commercial Law and Financial-Economic Security (Law Faculty, Sumy State University, Ukraine). In 2020 she defended her thesis for Doctor’s degree in Law (Habilitation) on “Theoretical and Practical Grounds of Counteracting Crime in the Field of Banking in Ukraine" at the Institute of State and Law, V.M. Koretsky of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv. In 2021, she was appointed as a Professor in the Department of International Relations at Sumy National Agrarian University. Over the years, she served as the Chief of Apparatus at the Sumy District Administrative Court and, since 2017, as the Head of the International Relations Chair at the Law Faculty of Sumy National Agrarian University. Her extensive research, comprising over 100 scientific publications and five monographs, delves into criminalization across various social sectors in Ukraine, including economic, cybersecurity, land and office-related crimes. A substantial portion of her work involves comparative legal analysis, focusing on adapting Ukraine's criminal legislation to EU norms.

The lecture and a Q&A session will take place and on Zoom only.

📆 February 22, Thursday
🕝 18:30
👩‍💻Zoom link: https://ethz.zoom.us/j/67496770632
🗣️ Language: English

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