The Inns of Court Victoria is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a 2-hour in person seminar on International Law and the War in Ukraine: assessing criminal liability and legal challenges.
Dirk Ryneveld, Q.C., who was the senior Prosecuting Trial Attorney at the ICTY at the Hague and lead counsel in the Kosovo portion of the Slobodan Milosovic trial, will moderate a panel of the following three experts:
- Catherine Morris – Associate, Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, Canada;
- Warren Fensom – UNODC Maritime Crime Prosecutions Mentor; and
- Jonathan Ratel – EU Senior Advisor on Prosecutions, Ukraine – 2019 – 2021.
Catherine Morris will outline several mechanisms now being used or considered internationally to hold perpetrators accountable for atrocity crimes being committed into Ukraine and elsewhere.
Warren Fensom will focus on three main legal questions:
- What is the law on targeting, including the concepts of military objectives, civilian objects and the concept of disproportionate damage to civil objectives;
- What is the law regarding attacking a nuclear power plant (and also applying question 1); and
- What are cluster munitions and thermobaric weapons? What is the specific law relating to them (and also applying question 1).
Jonathan Ratel will be speaking on recent events in Ukraine and the challenges of prosecuting war crimes in fragile States. In 2019, Jonathan Ratel was seconded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) to the EU Mission in Ukraine), and working with the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (PGO) in Odessa and the National Academy of Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine (NAPU) in Kyiv.
Professional Development Credits: This course offers up to 2 hours of Professional Development Credits (See “How to get PD Credit” below).
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Time: Doors open at 4:30 in the afternoon. Check–in is between 4:30 and 5:00 sharp. DO NOT BE LATE. Buffet supper at 5:10pm. Program from 5:30 to 7:30.
Location: Sticky Wicket Pub, Upstairs called the “Maple Room”
Cost: The cost of the event is $50.00 per person (includes buffet meal) paid to the “Victoria Bar Association”
There are two options to make payment:
1. Pay online through the Inns of Court event page at www.Vicbar.ca (click link)
- Pay manually by sending a cheque to Anwar Mujtabah at: Crease Harman LLP
800 – 1070 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2C4
Phone: 250-388-5421, Ext. 114
How to get PD Credit
To get the 2 PD Credits, this is the process after the event has completed:
- Find Law Society “Member Services”
- Select “Member Portal” and enter your information
- Under “Education” select “Continuing Professional Development (CPD)”
- Type the group study name of “Inns of Court” into the “Course/Group Study” name box (leave dates out as this is set up with a date range)
- In the Course/Group Study box type in ‘Inns of Court”
- From the Drop down menu select “Inns of Court – Victoria”
- Select “Inns of Court Victoria Court (36 Credits) Jan.1 – December 31, 2022” or something similar as the name is undergoing a slight change.
- DO NOT TYPE IN THE NAME OF THIS COURSE WHEN APPLYING FOR CREDITS. YOU WILL NOT FIND IT. YOU DO NOT NEED THE NAME IN ORDER TO CLAIM YOUR 2 HOURS OF CREDIT.
- Under “Record your CPD hours” type ‘2’
- Under “Completion Date” type in the date you took the course
- Select the “Get Credit” Button