MH17 and the International Criminal Court

Event date: 
6 Oct 2015
6:00pm to 7:30pm
G02, Ground fFoor, UNSW Law
Sarah Williams, Steven Freeland and John Ralston
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On 8 September, Ukraine filed a declaration accepting the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in relation to acts in Ukrainian territory from 20 February 2014. This declaration gives the ICC jurisdiction to investigate the circumstances surrounding the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 on 17 July 2014. But is the ICC the best avenue for bringing those responsible to justice?

This seminar will consider the international investigation into MH17 today, focusing in particular on the civil aviation safety investigation and the criminal investigation being conducted by a Dutch led international investigation team. It will also examine the ICC process given jurisdiction has been triggered by the Ukraine, and the role and rights of victims within the ICC framework. 

The speakers:

Steven Freeland is Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, where he teaches both postgraduate and undergraduate students, and supervises PhD students in the fields of International Criminal Law, Commercial Aspects of Space Law, Public International Law and Human Rights Law. Steven was a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court (Appeals Chamber).

John Ralston is Executive Director of The Hague based Institute for International Criminal Investigations and Director of JRI Global, an international criminal investigation consultancy practice. He served for several years as Chief of Investigations with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) with responsibility for the investigations of alleged atrocities in the Balkans.

Sarah Williams is Associate Professor at UNSW Law and specialises in international law, particularly in international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international disaster law.