The impact of war on a nation extends far beyond the battlefield, seeping into the very fabric of society and the lives of its people. Within this context, family law takes on a profound significance, addressing not only the intricacies of divorce and custody, but also the protection and well-being of vulnerable children and families caught in the tumultuous wake of conflict.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued the arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova for the war crime of unlawful deportation and transfer of children from Ukraine to russia. It might be a significant development in applying international law and protecting human rights in Ukraine suffering from russian aggression.
On December 7th, 2022, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations hold a seminar. Oksana Voynarovska was a guest speaker at the event talking about the current situation of legal community in Ukraine. Here are some key issues from the speech.
Emergency settings, such as warfare, often reveal practical drawbacks of the legislation, surplus bureaucracy regarding documents, or a complete inability to obtain particular services. Yet they also shed light on modern and digital solutions that will last even after the cessation of hostilities. Thus, amidst the initial collapse and current challenges, family law is adjusting so that it is able to respond to the war and to effectively regulate family relations.
Terrorism is one more of those terms that everyone seems ready to use, but no one can agree on an exact definition. Let's add one more definition to the previous ones. The UN General Assembly use the following in its pronouncements on terrorism: "Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them."
Starting on 24 February 2022 the war in Ukraine demonstrates that children are the most vulnerable population due to their age, inability to protect themselves and fragile mental health. Right now, there is no safe place for children in Ukraine.
russia has committed numerous war crimes in Ukraine over the last few months. Some of these acts are so horrible that they can be classified only as terrorism. More and more voices from the media and Western establishment call on recognizing russia as a terrorist state...
There is hardly any Ukrainian left who has not even tried for the last three months to raise or remit money to meet needs of our military. It is often the case that a Privatbank card number, which is given in the first comment to the social media post, is used to raise funds. However, volunteers are facing the risk of having huge amounts of tax charged if they accept money to their personal bank cards...