The armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine has changed the attitude of the Ukrainians to international law and, more specifically, to international courts. While the United Nations Security Council has proved unable to provide a solution to the conflict, Ukraine’s hope for justice has been vested in various international courts and tribunals. This article attempts to explain the inherent difficulties of Ukraine’s quest for justice at international courts, in particular, at the International Court of Justice.

Mykola Gnatovskyy, Ph.D., President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Associate Professor at the Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National University, First Vice-President of the Ukrainian Association of International Law. Member of the National Commission for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law. Member (present and past) of the editorial boards of many Ukrainian and international law journals, including International Review of the Red Cross (Geneva/Oxford, 2011-2015), Belarusian Yearbook of International Law, Studii Juridice Universitare (Chisinau), Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine. Dr Gnatovskyy is a member of the European Society of International Law, member of the American Society of International Law, and expert on human rights, Office of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine.

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