On 24 May, 2022, the Project Sunflowers organized the webinar on Victims' rights before the International Criminal Court, the current stage of the Ukraine situation and what can victims do at this stage. The speaker was Philipp Ambach, Ph.D., Chief of the Victims Participation and Reparations Section (VPRS) at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Introduction was given by Matthew Gillett, Ph.D., experienced international lawyer at investigating and prosecuting war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Philipp Ambach started from introduction of the Section of the Registry he is heading, and then focused on differences between the roles and mandates of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) and the Registry, definition of “victims” at the ICC and their rights. He also underlined the difference between the scope of „a situation” (very large) and the scope of „cases” (usually very narrow) before the ICC. The speaker talked the differences between victims and witnesses, victim application form as well as about security and confidentiality issues.

The webinar was conducted in English with simultaneous translation into Polish and Ukrainian. Please, watch the abstract of the webinar.

On 19 May, 2022, the Project Sunflowers organized the webinar on Gathering information on violations of international humanitarian law and other atrocities committed in Ukraine since 24 February 2022. It was dedicated to Ukrainian lawyers, especially these who are staying in Poland. The speaker was Anna Adamska-Gallant, Ph.D., former international judge in Kosovo, head of the Judiciary Component of EU Pravo Justice in Ukraine. Introduction was given by Mykhaylo Shepitko, Professor of Criminal Law Department at the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, and Oksana Senatorova, Ph.D., a founder and Director of the NGO "Centre for International Humanitarian Law and Transitional Justice" (CIHLTJ), Associate Professor of the International Law Department at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. Anna Adamska–Gallant underlined importance of collecting information on atrocities committed during the war from its very early stage. She referred to her experience from the Balkans, where a significant part of investigation in war crime cases was launched based on reports produced by activists of non – governmental organizations. At the same time, vast amount of these reports, while presented general information about the events, did not contain sufficient details and contact data of potential witnesses. As a result, it was not possible to conduct criminal proceedings which would allow for perpetrators to be held accountable for committed crimes. Therefore, a quality of such reports is essential to deliver justice. Prof. Mykhaylo Shepitko and Oksana Senatorova, Ph.D. stressed importance of development of standardized approach and methodology of collecting information, as well as of providing proper trainings.

The webinar was conducted in Ukrainian. The webinar was not recorded.

On 24 March, 2022, the Project Sunflowers organized the webinar on Collecting information of evidence and victims' rights regarding atrocities committed in Ukraine since 24 February 2022. The speakers were Matthew Gillett, Ph.D., experienced international lawyer at investigating and prosecuting war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and Marina Lostal, Ph.D, specialist in the rights of victims in international law and the protection of cultural heritage in the armed conflict. Matthew Gillett presented the legal and practical considerations relevant to investigating such events, including: when to gather information, best practices for collecting information from witnesses and victims, and the handling and processing of collected information. Marina Lostal outlined key considerations regarding their qualifications as victims and the rules and practice governing victim reparations.  

The webinar was be conducted in English with simultaneous translation into Polish. Please, watch the abstract of the webinar.