Victims’ rights before the International Criminal Court, the current stage of the Ukraine situation and what can victims do at this stage
On 24 May, 2022, the Project Sunflowers organized the webinar on Victims’ rights before the International Criminal Court, the current stage of the Ukraine situation and what can victims do at this stage. The speaker was Philipp Ambach, Ph.D., Chief of the Victims Participation and Reparations Section (VPRS) at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Introduction was given by Matthew Gillett, Ph.D., experienced international lawyer at investigating and prosecuting war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Philipp Ambach started from introduction of the Section of the Registry he is heading, and then focused on differences between the roles and mandates of the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) and the Registry, definition of “victims” at the ICC and their rights. He also underlined the difference between the scope of „a situation” (very large) and the scope of „cases” (usually very narrow) before the ICC. The speaker talked the differences between victims and witnesses, victim application form as well as about security and confidentiality issues.
The webinar was conducted in English with simultaneous translation into Polish and Ukrainian. Please, watch the abstract of the webinar.