Under Assault: A Status Report on the Ukrainian Justice System in Wartime

Under Assault: A Status Report on the Ukrainian Justice System in Wartime

ILAC’s newest publication, “Under Assault: A Status Report on the Ukrainian Justice System in Wartime” documents the toll that five months of war has had on the Ukrainian justice system. 

Released on July 27, 2022, ILAC’s report surveys region-by-region how the war has practically impacted justice institutions from the judiciary, prosecution, lawyers and law students. The report also surveys, by jurisdiction, the physical damage to courthouses and other infrastructure, and the steps taken by Ukrainian officials to transfer courts and judges out of conflict or Russian-occupied zones.

ILAC intends this status report to be used as a tool – a benchmark – for supporting Ukraine’s justice sector needs now, during wartime, and planning for what will have to be rebuilt once there is peace. By comparing what existed before Russia’s war to what exists now do we begin to realize the magnitude of the war’s impact on Ukraine’s justice system.

Researched and authored by ILAC’s former President, William D. Meyer, “Under Assault: A Status Report on the Ukrainian Justice System in Wartime” compiles data from dozens of individual stakeholders and Ukrainian institutions including the High Qualification Commission for Judges, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Ukraine, the State Judicial Administration, the High Council of Justice, the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, and numerous regional and local courts, prosecutor’s offices, and bar councils.

ILAC will publish an update to the status report in six months.

For more information on ILAC’s report or planned updates, please email Quinn O’Keefe at quinn.o’keefe@ilac.se