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Post by party animal - not! Sat 02 Apr 2022, 11:19

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The legal panel will be supported by the Clooney Foundation for Justice, among others.....

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Post by PigPen Sat 02 Apr 2022, 16:23

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The Ukraine government has turned to global law firms Covington & Burling and Withers, along with human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, to help prosecute war crimes in the Russian invasion of the country.
The Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine will work to secure criminal accountability and reparations in forums such as the International Criminal Court. Covington & Burling and Withers said they are working with the group pro bono.
The Ukraine government has tapped several major law firms for work stemming from the invasion. It has also turned to human rights attorneys like Clooney, a lawyer for U.K.-based Doughty Street Chambers who has represented Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and is married to actor George Clooney.
Morrison & Foerster disclosed on Monday that it is advising Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky and other officials on economic sanctions imposed on Russia in response to the invasion, and to help navigate U.S. policy. John Smith, a former Treasury Department official who is co-head of the firm’s national security practice, is leading the effort.
London-based Withers said international arbitration partner Emma Lindsay will lead a team of 15 lawyers in the firm’s U.S. and UK offices who are assisting Ukraine’s government.
“We have worked closely with the Government of Ukraine for many years,” Lindsay said, in a statement, “and this initiative is without a doubt the most important project on which we have advised the government to date.”
The task force aims to “secure justice for Ukrainian civilians who are victims of Russian aggression and associated violations of international law,” Lindsay noted, in a statement.
Ukraine’s prosecutor general Iryna Venediktova announced the formation of the task force, which also draws on lawyers from French firm Sygna Partners, earlier this week. The group is partnering with Microsoft to review video evidence of war crimes, investigate those situations and advise on the appropriate international forums to pursue punishment for any such crimes, Lindsay said.
Russia is not a member of the International Criminal Court and it is not expected to cede authority to the tribunal. Lindsay said that Ukraine had accepted the court’s jurisdiction in order to prosecute war criminals.
Covington & Burling has also been representing Ukraine in the International Court of Justice, which on March 2 ordered Russia to suspend military operations in Ukraine. Marney Cheek, co-chair of Covington’s international disputes practice, has argued that the Russian invasion was carried out “under the false pretext of preventing and punishing genocide.”
Los Angeles-based Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, also acting pro bono, is representing Ukraine before the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France. Lawyers in that case accuse Russia of waging “unprovoked, unjustified and unlawful acts of aggression and invasion of the sovereign territory of Ukraine.”
Withers said its work will include advice on proposals for accountability, including through the United Nations and regional organizations; advice and potential representation relating to civil and criminal cases; and guidance on Ukraine’s cooperation with the International Criminal Court.
Roughly 4 million people have fled Ukraine since the fighting began Feb. 24, more than 9% of the country’s pre-war population.
The U.S. and its European allies have imposed a series of sanctions on Russia, particularly its financial institutions, officials and oligarchs.

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Post by party animal - not! Sat 02 Apr 2022, 18:26

Try this - worked for me

   https://www.doughtystreet.co.uk/news/government-ukraine-announces-creation-legal-task-force-accountability-crimes-committed-ukraine

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Post by annemarie Sun 03 Apr 2022, 11:22

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Government of Ukraine Announces the Creation of a Legal Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine

Date: 29 March 2022
The government of Ukraine today announced the formation of a legal Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine to support Ukraine in delivering justice for victims of international crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine.
The full statement released by the government of Ukraine is available below and can be accessed here. Biographies of the Task Force members are included below.
The Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Iryna Venediktova, commented: "We are grateful to this esteemed group for their support for Ukraine. Their assistance and guidance will be invaluable in the process of securing justice for Ukrainian victims and rebuilding our state."
Amal Clooney added: ‘I am honoured to have been asked by the government of Ukraine to be a member of their legal task force on accountability. Ukrainians deserve to see perpetrators held to account and to recover compensation for the horrific abuses they are suffering. I am privileged to be working alongside such a distinguished group of lawyers and experts in this endeavour to ensure that nobody is above the law and that survivors will have their day in court.’
 
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The government of Ukraine today announces the formation of a legal Task Force on Accountability for Crimes Committed in Ukraine to support Ukraine in delivering justice for victims of international crimes committed by Russia in our country.
The task force is comprised of some of the world’s leading international human rights lawyers: Amal Clooney and Baroness Helena Kennedy QC of Doughty Street Chambers, Richard Hermer QC, Tim Otty QC, Philippa Webb, and Lord Neuberger, the former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
The task force will also include legal experts from U.S. firm Covington & Burling LLP, led by Nikhil Gore, the French firm Sygna Partners, led by Luke Vidal, as well as the Withers firm, led by Emma Lindsay. Each of these firms is already representing Ukraine, including at the International Court of Justice. 
The task force will be supported by leading academics in the field of international humanitarian law including Professor Marko Milanovic (University of Nottingham) and Professor Andrew Clapham (Graduate Institute, Geneva) as well as the Centre for International Governance and Dispute Resolution at King’s College London, the Clooney Foundation for Justice and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute. 
All members of the task force and the supporting lawyers and academics will carry out their work on a pro bono basis.
The remit of the task force will encompass advice on proposals for accountability including through the United Nations and regional organisations; advice and potential representation relating to civil and criminal cases (including under universal jurisdiction laws) to secure accountability and reparations in national jurisdictions; and strategic guidance on Ukraine’s cooperation with the International Criminal Court. 
Microsoft Corporation will serve as the technology partner to the task force and will provide technological assistance free of charge to help with securing, analysing and sharing evidence of international crimes with appropriate authorities.[/size]

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Post by Admin Sun 03 Apr 2022, 20:12

Wow, that's really a great appointment.
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Post by party animal - not! Mon 04 Apr 2022, 00:44

Yep. Given the appalling news coming out of Ukraine for the last couple of days it's 
     probably likely to be huge, especially given the fact that it would have be evidence based  
     with witnesses.

     But it looks like a brilliant team of people who are  involved in this,  including Baroness             Kennedy and Lord Neuberger

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Post by PigPen Mon 04 Apr 2022, 16:49

Sadly- they have their work cut out for them   

😢https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ukraine-sees-openings-russia-fixed-besieged-mariupol-83840640


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[size=36]Ukraine accuses Russia of massacre, city strewn with bodies[/size]
Bodies with bound hands, close-range gunshot wounds and signs of torture lay scattered in a city on the outskirts of Kyiv after Russian soldiers withdrew from the area

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Post by party animal - not! Tue 05 Apr 2022, 10:41

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Post by LizzyNY Tue 05 Apr 2022, 20:04

This seems like a massive undertaking, but with so many legal minds devoting their resources to bringing Putin and Russia to justice maybe there's a chance they'll succeed - especially if they can provide evidence of genocide. That war  crimes were committed has already been proven by the video records coming out of Ukraine.

If charges are brought against Putin by the ICC or some other body, I wonder if he will really suffer any consequences. I assume any trial would have to be held with Putin in absentia, since I can't see him voluntarily leaving Russia to stand trial. I'm guessing any repercussions would have to come from within Russia, and the way things look right now that doesn't seem likely.
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Post by annemarie Thu 07 Apr 2022, 11:09

True Lizzy what exactly can anyone do to that monster.

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Post by party animal - not! Thu 07 Apr 2022, 12:04

Remember Darfur?

Here's an article from two days ago about a case before the ICC now:

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But I think the original criminal Al Bashir is now in prison in Sudan (he got two years!) but is or has been handed over to the International Criminal Court....

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Post by LizzyNY Thu 07 Apr 2022, 15:46

PAN - I wish the two could be compared, but I can't see Putin ever turning himself over to the ICC for trial. I think it would take a massive upheaval in the Russian government for him to be either tried there or given over to an international body for trial.

Russia might throw some of their military leaders under the bus, but I can't see Putin ever taking the blame for any of this. In that respect he's like his protege Drumpf. Somehow nothing seems to stick - no matter how much proof there is and no matter what we see with our own eyes!
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Post by party animal - not! Thu 07 Apr 2022, 17:45

Yep, I agree - and the world is very soon going to realise that China and Russia are in an alliance across the globe - but my point was that Darfur (and the beginning of George's involvement in the area) was in 2006 and it was only last year that Al Bashir was removed from prison in Sudan to the ICC - and now this other character is before the courts in Khartoum and no doubt the fact that there is no money available in Sudan to cover the costs of these things doesn't help. 

And that is why human rights lawyers like Amal do not charge for their services in similar cases.

Interesting footnote - I see that many oligarch yachts are now based in the Maldives, where former President Nasheed (another Amal client) is now out of office and so would not be able to sanction them..

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Post by LizzyNY Thu 07 Apr 2022, 18:57

PAN - I'm confused. Is it your point that it may take years for Putin to be brought to justice? If so, I'm afraid he may die of old age before it happens - unless the Russian people act against him, which doesn't seem likely right now. In the future, who knows? My crystal ball is broken.

Re: the Russia/China alliance - I don't think it will come as a surprise to many if it actually solidifies. I think China will do whatever works best for China. Whether that's an alliance with Russia or not remains to be seen. I'm sure the Chinese government is very interested in how the situation in Ukraine turns out.
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Post by party animal - not! Thu 14 Apr 2022, 18:12

Right on every count, Lizzy. It is already solidified. At the current rate of global warming the Arctic will not be ice for very long - and when it melts (causing appalling flooding as it does)  this will be a direct route through for both Russia and China to move into the Atlantic.

Unfortunately we don't seem very concerned given the number of flights (and huge queues) over Easter - and those nice air conditioning units we insist on using when it's a bit warm.....

And yes, it will take years for Putin to be brought to justice - and al Bashir is a prime example: it's taken 15 years....

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