IBA: New ILAC report surveys impact of war on justice institutions in Ukraine

2022-07-28

The International Bar Association (IBA) has announced the publication of a new report by the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) that documents the impact of the five-month was of Russia against Ukraine on the Ukrainian justice system. As a founding organisation of ILAC, the IBA contributed to the report’s research, which surveys, region-by-region, the practical impact of the war on the judiciary, lawyers, law students and prosecution.

The report, Under Assault: A Status Report on the Ukrainian Justice System in Wartime, includes data has been compiled from dozens of individual stakeholders and Ukrainian institutions, including the High Qualification Commission for Judges, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the State Judicial Administration, the High Council of Justice, the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, the Unified Register of Attorneys of Ukraine, the Ukrainian National Bar Association, and numerous regional and local courts, prosecutors’ offices, and bar councils.

ILAC President, and IBA Executive Director, Dr Mark Ellis, said: ‘By comparing what existed before Russia’s war to what exists now, we begin to realise the magnitude of the war’s impact on Ukraine’s justice system. Infrastructure can be repaired, but justice is about so much more than buildings. ILAC’s timely and thorough status report demonstrates how Ukraine’s justice system is adapting in wartime and the incredible investment it will take from the national government and international community to rebuild once there is peace.’

The full text of the report can be found at the link.

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