(ONLINE) Conflict in Ukraine - OSCE Reports & Lessons Identified for IHL Application

Institute of International Relations Prague and International Society for Military Law and Law of War (ISMLLW) cordially invite you to a webinar on "Conflict in Ukraine - OSCE Reports & Lessons Identified for IHL Application".

8. 11. 2022 (16:30)

Jazyk: English online on ZOOM

On 24 February 2022 the Russian Federation launched an illegal full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Soon after the outbreak of this invasion media reported a number of possible violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), as well as human rights abuses. For this reason, already on 3 March 2022 the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) invoked the so-called Moscow Mechanism. A mission of three experts was appointed on 14 March 2022 with a mandate to establish the facts and circumstances regarding violations and abuses of IHRL and IHL and possible cases of war crimes and crimes against humanity. This first mission of experts published its report on 12 April covering the period from 24 February until 1 April 2022. On 2 June 2022 the OSCE invoked the Moscow Mechanism again and established a second mission of three experts with similar mandate to cover the period from 1 April to 25 June 2022. The second report was published on 11 July 2022. Based on the two OSCE reports the invited speakers, members of both mission of experts, will discuss the aim and nature of these reports, summarize the main findings about IHRL and IHL violations and mainly focus on what new challenges and opportunities the conflict in Ukraine brought for IHL application and respect of its rules in practice.

The event will be conducted under Chatham House Rule.

The webinar will take place online on ZOOM. To participate, please register below. 

Den 1 8. 11. 2022

16:30 - 16:45


Prof. Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg President of the ISMLLW and former Vice-President, holds the Chair of Public Law at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.
Dr. Ondřej Ditrych Director of the Institute of International Relations, Associated Professor at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University.
16:45 - 18:00


Prof. Veronika Bílková Senior Researcher and Head of the IIR Centre for International Law at IIR. Professor at Law Faculty, Charles University in Prague. Expert member of the first and second OSCE mission.
Prof. Marco Sassoli Professor of International Law at the University of Geneva. Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists. Expert member of the first OSCE mission.
Prof. Laura Guerico Professor at the University of Perugia. Member of the Council of the European Law Institute. Expert member of the second OSCE mission.
Moderátor: Dr. Petra Ditrichova Vice-President of the ISMLLW and member of the BoD on behalf of the Czech Republic, Legal Adviser working for the Czech Ministry of Defence and External Fellow at IIR.


The webinar is co-organized with International Society for Military Law and Law of War (ISMLLW).