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Lecture | Supranational Criminal Law Lecture Series

ICC investigation into 2008 Georgia-Russia conflict: the ongoing impact of international crimes 10 years later

  • Ms Varvara Pakhomenko
  • Mr Kirill Koroteev
  • Ms Nino Tsagareishvili
  • Mr Ucha Nanuashvili
  • Ms Delphine Carlens
Thursday 12 April 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
room 2.02
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Ongoing impact of the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict

The armed conflict in the summer of 2008 between Georgia and Russia saw attacks against the civilian population, which resulted in murders, forcible transfers of population, persecutions on ethnic grounds; as well as attacks intentionally targeting peacekeepers, the destruction of property, and pillaging. According to a mission of the European Union, the conflict resulted in 850 deaths and more than 100,000 internally displaced persons. Ten years later, the consequences of this conflict and serious international crimes committed continue to exist.

While no perpetrator of crimes against humanity committed 10 years ago has been charged, the survivors of this war continue to suffer from kidnappings, illegal detentions, and extortion on a daily basis due to the shifting demarcation line, the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL), which is not recognised by the international community. In February 2018, FIDH and HRIDC published a report assessing the ongoing impact of the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict.

The Panel discussion will focus on the outcomes of the report as well as the continuous challenges of the ICC investigation. The Panel will consist of civil society actors both from Georgia and Russia who have been closely involved in documenting and addressing the international crimes committed  during the 2008 conflict. 


Ms Varvara Pakhomenko: expert in conflict analysis and resolution, human rights and development

Mr Kirill Koroteev: Legal Director of the Moscow-based Human Rights Centre ‘Memorial’

Ms Nino Tsagareishvili: Project Director at Human Rights Center and Chair of Georgian Coalition for the ICC

Mr Ucha Nanuashvili : Former Public Defender (Ombudsperson) of Georgia and the current Project Director at Human Rights Centre

Ms Delphine Carlens: Deputy Head, FIDH International Justice Desk

SCL Lectures are public and free of charge, but places are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration via grotiuscentre@law.leidenuniv.nl is therefore mandatory.

The views and opinions expressed in or during the Supranational Criminal Law Lectures are not necessarily those of the host and/or participating organisations, namely the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University.

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