6 July 2023

[Hague Courts] (2/2) International Criminal Court arrest warrants for President Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova: What are the legal and political implications? Part 2

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In this two-part episode, Carl Lewis is joined by an expert panel - Julie Fraser, Victoria Kerr, Sergii Masol, and Owiso Owiso -  to unpack some of the political and legal implications of the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for Vladimir Putin and Maria Lvova-Belova.

In part two, the conversation continues by considering the debate around the crime of aggression and the call for a Special Tribunal for the Crime of Aggression and how this relates to the two arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC). They further discuss the question of double standards raised as a result of these arrest warrants and their impact on gender stereotypes about men and women in conflict. Finally, they consider whether this is a transformational moment for the ICC and international criminal justice more broadly.


  • Julie Fraser - Assistant Professor with the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and the Montaigne Centre at Utrecht University.
  • Victoria Kerr - Consultant with the Asser Institute
  • Sergii Masol - Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cologne
  • Owiso Owiso – International lawyer and independent consultant specialising in international criminal law and transitional justice

Resources and recommended reading:

1) O. Owiso - An Aggression Chamber for Ukraine Supported by the Council of Europe -  https://opiniojuris.org/2022/03/30/an-aggression-chamber-for-ukraine-supported-by-the-council-of-europe/

2) P. Labuda - Beyond rhetoric: Interrogating the Eurocentric critique of international criminal law’s selectivity in the wake of the 2022 Ukraine invasion - https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/leiden-journal-of-international-law/article/beyond-rhetoric-interrogating-the-eurocentric-critique-of-international-criminal-laws-selectivity-in-the-wake-of-the-2022-ukraine-invasion/BD9D81E2CFA79A7930769DD0F18BBA63

3) S. Masol -  Ukraine and the International Criminal Court: Between Realpolitik and Post-truth Politics - https://academic.oup.com/jicj/article/20/1/167/6580701

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