Ukraine and the International Criminal Court: the second declaration of acceptance and why it is worth the comparison to the situation in Georgia

Simona Gabriela VOICULESCU*

Abstract: Now that the first step towards bringing to justice those responsible in the conflict in Georgia has been made, it is fairly normal to put some hope into the fact that, following the second declaration of accepting the ICC’s jurisdiction, the situation in Ukraine will fall into the same steps, although probably much later. Without bringing too much attention to the facts, since they are not unfamiliar, the focus of the article will be brought to picturing the course of events following Ukraine’s second declaration, from the ICC Prosecutor’s point of view. The choice of comparison to Georgia is not random in the slightest: from the historical background to the evolution of events, the Russian Federation’s implication and scopes, to the procedure that has to be followed by the Prosecutor in order for the alleged crimes to be brought to justice.

Key-words: International Criminal Court; the Rome Statute; crimes of war; crimes against humanity

* Simona Gabriela Voiculescu holds a Master’s Degree in International Public Law at the University of Bucharest and has graduated from the Faculty of Law at the same institution in 2014. The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s and do not engage the institution she belongs to.

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