Commentary

The following are opinion articles or commentary written by MATRA-Ukraine team members:

Global Rights Compliance, 'Legal (Un)Certainty of Occupation: Crimea and Donbas', Conference Extracts (June 2021) [English]

- Extracts from the Global Rights Compliance (GRC) six-panel conference titled, ‘Legal (Un)Certainty of Occupation: Crimea and Donbas’ held between 9-11 June 2021 providing impartial expert legal commentary on the most salient issues of international law of relevance to Crimea and Donbas.

Victoria Kerr, 'Debunking the Role of International Law in the Ukrainian Conflict'OpinioJuris, 8 March 2022

- Opinion article discussing the role of international law in the Ukrainian conflict.

Victoria Kerr and Sofia Stolk, ‘Assembling the Pieces: The Accountability Puzzle for International Crimes in Ukraine’, in Kramer, D., Petrić, D., Kerr, V., Stolk, S. and Vos, R., 2022 War In Ukraine: Politics, Law and Identity, Amsterdam Law Forum, 14(1), p.20

- Commentary providing an exposé of existing accountability avenues being pursued to address international crimes committed in Ukraine, and identification of the gaps and merits of each to support their plausibility in this initiative.

Maksym Vishchyk, ‘Insight from Ukraine: Revitalizing Belief in International Law’, Just Security, 18 March 2022 [English | Ukrainian]  

- Opinion article by Ukraine-based lawyer Maksym Vishchyk reflecting on the historical and public perception on the value of international law and the role of international lawyers in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Maksym Vishchyk and Anastasiia Moiseieva, ‘Crimean Tatars: Eight Years of Anything but Marginal Resistance’, EJIL: Talk!, 25 March 2022

- Blog post responding to Professor Alain Pellet’s reflection on the Crimean Tatars’ ‘marginal’ reaction to Russia’s activities in Crimea since 2014 and discussing the ensuing human rights violations and crimes committed against them in 2014 and beyond.

Florent Beurret and James Sexton, ‘The Russian invasion of Ukraine: International legal implications’, T.M.C. Asser Instituut, 28 March 2022

- A report describing speakers’ contributions to the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and The Hague Humanity Hub’s live panel discussion on the international legal implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 8 March 2022.

Christophe Paulussen, ‘The Ukraine War, the OSCE Moscow Mechanism’s report and the unveiling of truth’ in ‘Russia’s War Against Ukraine: Implications for the Future of the OSCE’, OSCE Network Perspectives I/2022, June 2022, pp. 65-69

- An opinion piece highlighting the positive role of the OSCE Moscow Mechanism in light of its ‘Report on Violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity committed in Ukraine since 24 February 2022’.

Sonya Lukashova, ‘British Lawyer Wayne Jordash: Russia’s Crimes are not Random; this is its MethodGlobal Rights Compliance, 21 July 2022

Interview of British lawyer Wayne Jordash QC revealing the practicalities and challenges of investigating war crimes in Ukraine relating to national prosecutors, civil society, and evidence.

Global Rights Compliance, ‘International Law and Defining Russia’s Involvement in Crimea and Donbas’ (2022) [English]

Legal opinion on the facts around Russia’s involvement in Crimea and Donbas between December 2013 and 13 February 2022.

Anna Mykytenko and Maksym Vichchyk, ‘"All Our Hope is in the Famine”: Why an Investigation into Starvation Crimes in Ukraine is Urgently Needed’, OpinioJuris, 9 August 2022

 - Opinion article defining the contextual elements of ‘starvation’ as a war crime in light of Russia’s conduct in Ukraine, and arguing for an investigation into indicators of Russia’s use of starvation as an unlawful method of warfare.