The National School of Judges, with support from the USAID New Justice Program, conducted a training on the application of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international criminal law (ICL) for judges from Kherson and Mykolaiv Oblasts. The event was held on the initiative of the Chief Judge of Kherson Appellate Court.
In her opening remarks, the Vice-Rector of the National School of Judges Natalia Shuklina emphasized the relevance and importance of the event in view of the current armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
The trainees deepened their knowledge of the armed conflict, international crime, war crime; elements of armed conflict; the relation between international crimes and criminal crimes. They reviewed provisions of the Ukrainian legislation with regard to international crimes and learned how to tell armed conflicts of non-international nature from internal unrest and disorder situations.
While working in groups, the judges discussed application of provisions of IHL and ICL in national case law and practiced in distinguishing between international and non-international armed conflicts and proper application of the Ukrainian Criminal Code in cases of crimes committed in the context of the armed conflict in the Ukrainian territory, specifically in the Crimea and in Eastern Ukraine.
Besides, the training participants familiarized themselves with procedural standards used by international criminal courts and tribunals when investigating international crimes.