International criminal law is the focus of the second in a series of joint seminars by the IBA and the National Bar Association of Ukraine

Ukrainian lawyers will benefit from the expertise of international lawyers

As part of further support to the Ukrainian legal profession, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA), supported by the UNBA Higher School of Advocacy, will organize a session legal training on the subject of international criminal law. The training will take place online at Thursday, July 28 at 5:00 p.m. Kyiv | 3:00 p.m. London | 10:00 New York and will be held in English with simultaneous Ukrainian translation. This joint seminar is the second in a series, after the first held last week on the theme of defence.

Registration for the July 28 seminar is now closed but will be streamed live on YouTube at:

IBA President, Sternford Moyo commented : ‘The IBA is proud to collaborate with the UNBA for the realization of this second seminar. As with defence, international criminal law is a complex subject, and it is important that the nuances surrounding it are well understood. Preserving the rule of law and promoting security, stability and peace are the great ideals to which we aspire. There is no doubt that the ideas and knowledge gained from the legal professionals gathered to deliver the training will contribute to the defense of the principles of a better world..’

UNBA Vice President, Dr. Valentyn Gvozdiy said: ‘We are delighted to partner again with the International Bar Association for another educational seminar. It is essential that Ukrainian lawyers acting for clients in cases of a transnational nature have a clear understanding of the law as it applies outside their own jurisdiction. As the global voice of the legal profession, the IBA provides this external expertise which is invaluable to this seminar focused on international criminal law..’


  • Dr Mark Ellis, Executive Director, International Bar Association, London

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

  • Sareta Ashraphe, Solicitor, Garden Court Chambers, London; Visiting Fellow, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict
  • ​​​​​​​Linda Carter, Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California; former Legal Researcher, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • Leila Nadya Sadat, Special Advisor on Crimes Against Humanity to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; Professor of International Law, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis
  • Guillaume Schabas, Professor of International Law at Middlesex University, London
  • Michael P. Scharf, Dean, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland; President-Elect, US Branch, International Law Association
  • David Tolbert, Registrar, Special Tribunal for Lebanon, The Hague; Former President of the International Center for Transitional Justice

The IBA-UNBA Seminar will provide an overview of the basic principles of international criminal law as it relates to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. An overview of the fundamental aspects of international criminal law, including the main crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression, will also be explored in this second session by legal organizations. Other issues to cover are: the history of international criminal law from Nuremberg to the International Criminal Court (ICC); the concept of individual responsibility; the key role of the ICC; Jurisdictional issues; the principles of complementarity and universal jurisdiction; individual responsibility; and joint company/command responsibility.

IBA Executive Director, Dr Mark Ellis commented : ‘The topic of international criminal law is a natural successor to that of defence, which was the focus of the first IBA-UNBA training session. A full understanding of the fundamental aspects of international criminal law as it relates to the current conflict in Ukraine is essential to ensure that justice prevails and that fair trial standards are upheld. Our distinguished lecturers have a wealth of experience in international criminal tribunals. Ukrainian lawyers will find their expertise exceptionally valuable.’