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Meeting in the National Prosecutor’s Office of Poland

A meeting between prosecutors investigating Russian aggression against Ukraine and representatives of civil society organizations was held at the headquarters of the National Prosecutor’s Office on June 11 in Warsaw. 

On the organization’s side, the meeting was attended by representatives of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, the Pilecki Institute, the Sunflowers Project, Opora in Poland and the Clooney Foundation.

At the meeting, the two-year cooperation to date was discussed, as well as the possibility of future support of the investigation team by representatives of the civic community. Letter from the representative of civil society organizations attached.

Read more: https://www.gov.pl/web/prokuratura-krajowa/prokuratorzy-prowadzacy-sledztwo-dotyczace-rosyjskiej-agresji-na-ukraine-spotkali-sie-z-przedstawicielami-organizacji-pozarzadowych 

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Hanna Kuczynska discussing ICC’s provisional arrest requests on Radio 357

Professor Hanna Kuczynska, a member of the Board of Directors of Project Sunflowers, was a guest on Radio 357.

In the conversation, which will be hosted by Michal Zakowski, she spoke, among other things, about the significance of the statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on the request for the issuance of provisional arrests against the leaders of Hamas and Israel.

Listen to the whole program: https://link.radio357.pl/twoje357/audycje/61454/488591

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State immunity and immunities of State officials in times of transformation

Join us, virtually, on the 24th of June 2024, Monday, at 6:00 PM CET, for the zoom webinar entitled: “State immunity and immunities of State officials in times of transformation”.

The topic will be presented by Professor Anna Wyrozumska, who is professor of international law and European Union law, University of Lodz, Poland and the President of the Legal Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former member of the Polish delegation at the Rome Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court.

The second speaker will be Professor Magdalena Matusiak-Frącczak, habilitated doctor, attorney, Assistant Professor (University of Lodz, Poland), visiting professor (Chandigarh University, India).

The webinar focuses on various types of exemptions that come from international law from the jurisdiction or enforcement of the state law, i.e. immunities available to states, persons or international organizations. Immunities are available to different entities and have different scope and effects. The institution of immunities, in particular state immunity, finds its justification in the basic principles of the international law system. At the same time, immunities set the framework for mutual relations between states in the exercise of jurisdiction. Contemporary changes, such as strengthening the position of the individual, in particular the protection of his/her fundamental rights, or the increasingly frequent entry of the state into private law relations, make the subject of this study one of the most widely discussed issues in the doctrine of international law. The question therefore arises to what extent immunities must remain inviolable in the interest of maintaining international order and ensuring the efficient functioning of a state in international relations, and to what extent they should be limited, e.g. in the interest of protecting the individual, including the protection of his/her fundamental rights.

The meeting will be moderated by Professor Aleksandra Mężykowska, who is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Legal Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and also a Board Member of the Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and legal expert at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The webinar will be conducted in English.

The webinar is a joint event of the Project Sunflowers and the EU Pravo-Justice Project.

Join us here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0OAVgzXoTPq3BkpmD87uTw#/registration

 

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Interview with Ewa Hofmańska in the The National Bar Council of Attorneys-at-Law magazine

Ewa Hofmańska was interview in the latest The National Bar Council of Attorneys-at-Law magazine in Poland.

In the legal world, by the legal community and NGOs, the Sunflowers Project, which you manage, is extremely well regarded. What is the mission of this project?
“The primary mission of the project is to support international and domestic justice bodies set up to prosecute and try international law crimes committed in Ukraine, to support representatives of those harmed by the ongoing war there, and to support institutions that will prepare reparation programs for survivors in the future. In addition, our mission is to raise the level of awareness of the international community about international criminal law, humanitarian law, migration law, human rights and the rights of those affected by armed conflict.”

Read more: https://kirp.pl/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/radca_prawny_nr_213_net.pdf

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Project Sunflowers experts at the „Contemporary Challenges of International Criminal Justice” Conference

The Kraków Center for International Criminal Justice together with the Department of Criminal Procedure at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, is organising a conference on Contemporary Challenges of International Criminal Justice!

We are proud that so many Project Sunflowers experts and team members will be attending this event! More information https://www.law.uj.edu.pl/kpk/strona/conference-contemporary-challenges-of-international-criminal-justice-1-6-2024/

Save the date: June 1, 2024, and the venue: The Larisch Palace, Bracka 12, Kraków, Poland

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Professor Wiliński represented Foundation Sunflowers at the III Legal Forum

We are truly pleased to announce that Professor Paweł Wiliński, Chairman of the Board of the Sunflowers Foundation, represented the Foundation at the III Legal Forum, which started today, 23 May 2024, in Warsaw, Poland. Professor Wiliński took part in a panel on Confiscation of the Russian assets abroad as a fair mechanism of compensation for the damage to business and citizens of Ukraine. 

The Legal Forum EU-Eastern Partnership is a modern communication platform created in 2022 as a new platform for constructive dialogue between law firm partners, heads of legal departments of companies and specialists in business development, marketing and promotion of legal services from Europe, the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia and the Caucasus. 

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In Defence of an Internationalised Tribunal

Join us, virtually, on the 21st of May 2024, Tuesday, at 6:00 PM CET, for the a zoom webinar entitled: In Defence of an Internationalised Tribunal”.

The topic will be presented by Professor Kevin Jon Heller, who is Professor of International Law and Security at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for Military Studies and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, currently serving as Special Advisor to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on War Crimes.

The webinar focuses on the challenges and opportunities of prosecuting core crimes by an internationalized tribunal and the speaker will be considering various problems (pro and contra such a tribunal) arising from accepting the statement that the international society should grant jurisdiction arising under national criminal codes and general international law to a dedicated international criminal tribunal that should be established to investigate and prosecute individuals who have committed the crime of aggression in respect of the territory of Ukraine, including those who have materially influenced or shaped the commission of that crime.

The meeting will be moderated by Professor Hanna Kuczyńska, Member of the Executive Board of Sunflowers Foundation and professor at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The webinar will be conducted in English and simultaneous translations into Ukrainian will be available.

Here is the link to registration:

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T0-nxoVSTUCZmHIM7DhOgw#/registration

The webinar is a joint event of the Project Sunflowers and the EU Pravo-Justice Project.

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War Crimes Prosecution: Lessons from the former Yugoslavia for Ukraine

Join us, virtually, on the 22h of April 2024, Monday, at 6:00 PM CET, for the a zoom webinar entitled: War Crimes Prosecution: Lessons from the former Yugoslavia for Ukraine”. The topic will be presented by dr Iva Vukušić, who is a historian and a genocide scholar, Assistant Professor in International History at Utrecht University, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. 

The second speaker will be dr Anna Adamska-Gallant, Ph.D., former international judge in Kosovo, head of the Judiciary Component of EU Pravo Justice in Ukraine.

The webinar focuses on the challenges and opportunities of prosecuting war crimes, and on the many difficulties ahead of Ukraine in an effort to provide some justice for survivors. Dr. Vukušić spent years working on accountability in the former Yugoslavia and The Hague, and will use that experience to provide some insights into ways forward for Ukraine. The focus will be on criminal accountability for international crimes at the ICC and within the domestic judiciary, as well as efforts to prosecute the Crime of Aggression.

The meeting will be moderated by dr Andriy Kosylo, adjunct professor at the Institute of Social Prevention and Resocialization and at the Warsaw University, Department of Criminology and Criminal Policy, he is a Board Member of the Foundation Sunflowers.

The webinar will be conducted in English and simultaneous translations into Ukrainian will be available.

The webinar is a joint event of the Project Sunflowers and the EU Pravo-Justice Project.
Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81066780577?pwd=TKYLV1lE50e4M6M2A1VZp-b7ZK_wew.JQwicx7ehWRBhoGe

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Reparative Justice IV: Challenges of Engaging, Interviewing and Supporting Child victims / survivors / witnesses of War and Terror

This International Center for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of MultiGenerational Legacies of Trauma webinar series is held in collaboration with Project Sunflowers. It is a fourth in a series, following I: a conceptual introduction to reparative justice, II. key groups of traumatized victims and III. Difficulties in Listening to and Hearing Traumatized Witnesses/Victims/Survivors, all answering the call for specialized training in reparative justice for professionals and others working with them. This webinar begins the in-depth focus on engaging specifically with child victim/survivors/witnesses of the array of war’s and terror’s massive trauma to help heal and protect both child victim/survivors (family community members) and the professionals themselves from potential re/traumatization of sharing traumatic experiences. Participants are urged to view the three earlier webinars of this series prior to attending this one.

Link to the recording of the webinar Reparative Justice I: https://reportwarcrime.org/massive-trauma-and-the-healing-role-of-reparative-justice/

Link to the recording of the webinar Reparative Justice II: https://reportwarcrime.org/reparative-justice-ii-challenges-of-listening-when-interviewing-traumatized-witnesses/

Link to the recording of the webinar Reparative Justice III: https://reportwarcrime.org/reparative-justice-iii-difficulties-in-listening-to-and-hearing-traumatized-witnesses-victims-survivors/

Ukrainian-English interpretation will be provided.

Presentation will be given by Mykola Kuleba (statesman, children’s rights advocate and humanitarian; co-founder of Ukraine Without Orphans Alliance and co-founder/head of Save Ukraine – a multidisciplinary organization that repatriated 273 forcibly transferred Ukrainian children from Russia and the temporarily occupied territories), Orma Dotan (economist and business manager, who for the past twenty years focused on managing health systems, autism, and old age; on October 10 she established the Resilience Unit at the Families Forum of the Abducted and Missing and manages Sderot’s Ezra Lemarphe rehabilitation center that combines physical and mental rehabilitation), dr Oksana Senatorova (Ukrainian lawyer specializing in humanitarian law, international criminal law, human rights law and transitional justice; Legal and Policy Advisor to Geneva Call, Ukraine; expert of Council of Europe, EU, ICRC and advisor to several Ukrainian state bodies; one of the initiators of Project Sunflowers), dr Michelle Slone (full professor at the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, Reichman University, Israel; her research interests include trauma and post-traumatic reactions, resilience and its promotion in therapy, individual and group therapy for trauma exposure and cross-cultural issues related to trauma and treatment). The webinar will be moderated by dr Yael Danieli (clinical psychologist, traumatologist, victimologist and psychohistorian, Dr. Danieli is Founder and Executive Director of the International Center for the study, prevention and treatment of MultiGenerational Legacies of Trauma; Director, Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and their Children and Past-President, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies)

Link to register:
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UOYMCTjxRnWA3SxqU5_pMg

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Ewa Hofmańska attended symposium organised by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

On 27-29 March 2024, Ewa Hofmanska, President of the Foundation Sunflowers attended a symposium organised by the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. There she gave a lecture to law students on documenting war crimes and other human rights violations in Ukraine for use in post-conflict accountability proceedings. In addition, she also participated in a panel on Witnessing and Accountability: Allocating Care in an Age of Global Crisis, where she discussed the issue of accountability for international crimes committed in Ukraine.