A Putin War Crimes Tribunal by Gordon Brown, et al

The world must be made aware of the atrocities that Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered in Ukraine. There are currently three ways under international law to subject Putin’s actions to global scrutiny, and these can be complemented by a new body focused on the specific crime of aggression.

LONDON — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch attacks on Ukraine poses a grave challenge to the post-1945 international order. He sought to replace the rule of law and the principles of self-determination of all peoples with the use of force. The world must be made aware of the act of aggression he instigated and the atrocities he ordered.

There are currently three main ways under international law to subject Putin’s actions to global scrutiny.

The Ukrainians have already started proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Ukraine’s argument – and the basis of the ICJ’s jurisdiction – is that Russia is subjecting Ukraine to a false allegation of genocide and that Ukraine should not be subject to another state‘s military operations on its territory on the basis of an abuse of the Genocide Convention. Other states may intervene in the proceedings before the Court, which has convened hearings on Ukraine’s request for provisional measures against Russia.

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