Monday, October 10, 2016

Call for Papers: Post-Conflict Justice in Ukraine

The European Society of International Law, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, and the Ukrainian Association of International Law have issued a call for papers for a conference on "Post-Conflict Justice in Ukraine," to take place May 26-27, 2017, in Kiev. Here's the call:

Post-Conflict Justice in Ukraine

A Joint Conference of the European Society of International Law, the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, and the Ukrainian Association of International Law

Kyiv, Ukraine

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May 2017


The general topic of the conference is post-conflict justice and the relevant strategies for securing justice in the context of the Ukrainian conflict. The conference will bring together leading international scholars, judges, and lawyers. It will address different aspects and models of post-conflict justice, and help determine key elements of post-conflict justice which would be the most adequate to the circumstances in Ukraine.

All interested scholars and practitioners are invited to submit a paper to the conference on one of the following topics:

  • Accountability standards under international human rights law and international humanitarian law and their application during and after an armed conflict;
  • Post-conflict justice for a “mixed” [“hybrid”] armed conflict;
  • Transitional justice and post-conflict justice: two sides of the same coin?
  • Establishing post-conflict justice mechanisms as a positive obligation of the state under international criminal law;
  • The role of the European Court of Human Rights and other human rights bodies during the Ukrainian conflict, its eventual settlement and aftermath;
  • The role of the International Criminal Court and other institutions of international criminal justice during and after the conflict;
  • Truth commissions: establishing the historical truth and countering propaganda?
  • Amnesties: conditio sine qua non for a lasting peace solution or ticking timebombs for peacebuilding?
  • Post-conflict reconciliation processes;
  • Reparation for victims of armed conflicts.

The conference organizers will consider papers dealing with these topics from a more general perspective and those with a specific focus on Ukraine. The overall aim of the conference is to help to find appropriate theoretical and practical solutions for these problems in the Ukrainian context.

Proposals are equally welcome from both senior and junior scholars and practitioners. The programme will also include a number of prominent international legal scholars and judges as invited speakers.

The working language of the conference will be English. Interpretation into Ukrainian may also be available.

Abstracts of proposed papers (between 1,000 and 1,500 words) should be submitted to by 15 December 2016. Please include your name, email address and a one-page curriculum vitae with your abstract. We will inform authors of our decision by 15 January 2017.

The possibility of a post-conference publication will be discussed at the conference.

Limited funds may be available to offer travel grants to speakers selected through the call for papers, provided they are ESIL members.