Balancing Human Rights Protection and Defense of the Motherland in Ukraine

The full-scale Russian military invasion of Ukraine on February 24 put tremendous strain on the legal system and showed legislative gaps. Mobilization posed a unique and urgent legal challenge. For instance, among the exceptions to mobilization, one is conspicuously missing – advocates (equivalent to barristers in England and Wales). They have the exclusive right and

Why Europe needs the Istanbul Convention to protect women from violence

Every day in Europe, women are psychologically and physically abused in the “safety” of their own homes, stalked, harassed, raped, mutilated, forced by their family to enter into marriage, or sterilised against their will. The examples of violence against women are endless, its victims countless. National and European surveys and awareness-raising campaigns have shown how

Abolition of the Death Penalty – 30th Anniversary of the Entry Into Force of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (11 July 2021)

On the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, France calls on all States to ratify the Protocol, with a view to the universal abolition of the death penalty. With this year marking

Ukraine Adopts Law on War Crimes: Filling the Glaring Gaps in the Domestic Legislation

The Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament) passed Bill No. 2689 “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts on the Enforcement of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law” on May 20, 2021, with 248 votes in favor out of 363 members in attendance. Almost seven years after the beginning of atrocities in eastern Ukraine and the seized Crimean peninsula,