Do All Roads Lead to Rome?

Why Ukraine Resorts to Declarations Rather than Ratification of the Rome Statute

Dr. Aaron Matta and Tom Buitelaar published a guest post on Opinio Juris, a leading international law blog. Their analysis focuses on the legal and political challenges relating to and arising from Ukraine’s declarations submitted to the ICC.

Ukraine is engulfed in a complex and bloody conflict that has cost nearly 8,000 lives and generated over 1.4 million internally displaced persons. The conflict has erupted in different areas of the country and in different forms, from civil unrest and revolution to alleged Russian aggression and illegal annexation of Crimea.

The MH17 incident is of particular importance now due to the recent release of the Dutch Safety Board Report on the causes of the crash, which concluded that the plane was hit by a BUK-missile, ruling out other options.

Moreover, the UNSC resolution 2166 stipulates that those directly or indirectly responsible for the downing of MH17 must be held accountable and brought to justice. But how can the International Community respond to these challenges and bring those responsible of international crimes and serious human rights violations to justice?

Read the full blog post here

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