[Launch] of the 'Fair Trial Indicators: Monitoring Conflict-related Criminal Trials'

Published 2 April 2024

On 2 April 2024, the T.M.C. Asser Institute (through the MATRA-Ukraine project) launched the 'Fair Trial Indicators: Monitoring Conflict-related Criminal Trials' [English| Ukrainian forthcoming]. 

Effective monitoring is crucial in enhancing the fairness of trials in conflict-related cases in Ukraine. Civil society organisations and/or journalists can play an important role in monitoring the fairness of trials, increasing the transparency of the trial process, reporting on this to the public, and/or advocating for reforms. 

The Fair Trial Indicators are designed to be a reference point for trial monitors on which factors may indicate the fairness or unfairness of conflict-related trials in Ukrainian courts based on fair trial standards contained in Ukrainian, international and European law. 

The indicators formed the basis of training for civil society organisations and journalists actively involved in monitoring conflict-related cases in Ukraine conducted by the Asser Institute together with the Ukrainian Bar Association and the Media Initiative for Human Rights in Kyiv in March.