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#17 UkraineMEMO: No peace without justice


Holding Russia accountable for war crimes is not a mere political gesture, it is a prerequisite for peace in Ukraine. Can there be an international strategy that engages global legal institutions? How can German politics contribute?

Last year, the Center for Civil Liberties led by Oleksandra Matviichuk became the first Ukrainian organization to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This recognition honours its unwavering commitment to human rights and highlights the critical role of such initiatives within the Ukrainian civil society and the international justice system.

In response to the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022, the Center for Civil Liberties, in collaboration with other organizations, launched the “T4P” initiative (Tribunal for Putin) documenting until now over 54,000 war crimes perpetrated by Russia in Ukraine. In this context, we will talk about the prospects of a Special Tribunal for Russia and the role that Germany can play in it.

What do the war crime documentation say about Russia’s methods of warfare? What options exist for setting up a Special Tribunal, and what are the obstacles? What is the role of international justice institutions in addressing war crimes? What responsibility does Germany have with regard to its policy after the illegal annexation of Crimea?

We discuss these and other questions with our guest:

Oleksandra Matviichuk is a Ukrainian human rights activist, lawyer, as well as founder and director of the Center for Civil Liberties.

Moderator: Nataliya Pryhornytska, political scientist and co-founder of the Alliance of Ukrainian Organizations.

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With its podcast “UkraineMEMO: Interviews, Analysis, Policy Advice”, IEP presents new perspectives on Ukraine. With guests from Germany and Ukraine, Ljudmyla Melnyk and Nataliya Pryhornytska discuss recent developments and long-term trends in the areas of Ukrainian politics, economy and society and thus provide an insight into events on the ground that are moving the country. Ukraine's relationship with Germany and the EU is always kept in mind.

UkraineMEMO is part of the UA Transformation Lab. The project strengthens Ukrainian think tanks as civil society actors and deepens their cooperation with local governments. It promotes exchange between German and Ukrainian think tanks and bilateral dialogue.

The episodes 10-15 were produced as part of the “UkraineForward: amplifying analysis” project funded by the MATRA Programme supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine, and implemented by Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) with its partners.

The first nine episodes of the podcast were produced as part of the project “German-Ukrainian Researchers Network” (GURN, 2019-2022) and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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About the Podcast UkraineMEMO project: Making expertise on Ukraine accessible is the aim of the UkraineMEMO podcast. With experts from civil society, politics and business, we analyse current events and long-term trends and promote better mutual understanding between Germany and Ukraine

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