A Russian solider has become the first member of the country's military to face a trial for alleged war crimes committed in Ukraine. Sergeant Vadim Shyshimarin, 21, appeared in court in Kyiv on Friday accused of killing an unarmed civilian.
The Russian authorities must immediately end their assault on academic freedom and the right to freedom of expression, Amnesty International said today as a campaign to purge schools and universities of dissenting opinions about the aggression against Ukraine escalates. Bruce Millar, Amnesty Interna
Lawyers are to run the distance from Edinburgh to Kyiv this month in aid of Ukraine. David Duncan and Douglas McConnell from Duncan & McConnell Solicitors are among a team running 2698 km between 1 May and 31 May, which equates to 208km/130miles each.
The High Court in London has adjourned a $4.2 billion fraud trial involving a Ukrainian state-owned bank and several Ukrainian defendants on the basis that the defendants cannot properly prepare in light of Russia's invasion of their country. The case was brought by PrivatBank, the largest commercia
Russia has been suspended from the UN Human Rights Council following a vote at the UN General Assembly. Ninety-three members voted in favour of the move yesterday while 24 were against and 58 abstained.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is conducting spot checks on law firms Parliament has said are working for Russian oligarchs. The professional body has been mentioned in debates at Westminster as MPs try to find out what is being done to penalise firms which may be in breach of their regulatory
Russian military forces have extrajudicially executed civilians in Ukraine in apparent war crimes, Amnesty International said today as it published new testimony following on-the-ground research. Amnesty International’s Crisis Response investigators interviewed more than 20 people from village
The Russian military’s siege warfare tactics in Ukraine, marked by indiscriminate attacks on densely-populated areas, are unlawfully killing civilians in several cities, Amnesty International said today in a new on-the-ground investigation. For the first time, Amnesty International field inves
Experts from the University of Edinburgh Law School are hosting a virtual event on the international legal challenges raised by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Through short presentations, the session will offer a range of perspectives across the field of international law to think through how l
The Russian authorities have launched a witch-hunt by using the country’s criminal justice system to prosecute anti-war protesters and influential critics of the state who oppose the invasion of Ukraine, Amnesty International said today. Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s director
Sir Howard Morrison QC KCMG has been appointed by the UK government to advise Ukraine's top prosecutor on the investigation and prosecution of war crimes committed by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine. Sir Howard had an extensive judicial career in the UK and internationally, including serving a
Former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has called for the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court to make "provision for the extraterritorial punishment of corrupt leaders of countries such as Russia". Writing in The Times today, Mr Brown said Vladimir Putin should be brought to justice for
Regulations have been passed to put in place "a safe, fast and free" vetting system for those who open their homes to displaced Ukrainians. Under the scheme, volunteer hosts will be able to apply for expedited disclosure checks. These enhanced checks will offer the same level of scrutiny as the init
Global law firm Quinn Emanuel has been instructed by Ukraine's Ministry of Defence to bring proceedings against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Alex Gerbi and Julianne Hughes-Jennett, partners in the London office of the US-headquartered firm, have taken on Ukraine's case pro b
The proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act would “wind the constitutional clock back to the 1990s” and is “particularly unwise” now because of the actions of Russia in Ukraine, experts have warned. Government plans to replace the legislation with a British Bill of Rights wou