July 11, 2022
Weil has collaborated with the Public International Law & Policy Group in drafting legislation for the establishment of a High War Crimes Court of Ukraine to hold accountable those committing atrocities during the Russian invasion.
The legislation will guide the formulation of prosecutorial mechanisms that will complement existing courts, which do not have the capacity to investigate and prosecute the large number of crimes being committed during the conflict in Ukraine.
Weil will assist in providing legal expertise as well as enhancing the legitimacy of the tribunal, which will be modeled after the High Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine. The court will have a mix of domestic and international personnel and the legislation seeks to create a distinct judicial body with jurisdiction over atrocity crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.
With guidance from international experts, including Weil attorneys, the court can mitigate perceived local bias while retaining local ownership. The court will be funded by both local and international sources.
The legislation also proposes that the Trial and Appeals Chambers will be staffed by Ukrainian judges, and the chief prosecutor also will be Ukrainian, and all of whom will be assisted by international advisors from Weil and other organizations.