33 Bedford Row is proud to announce that the following members of chambers have joined, as affiliates, the Ukraine Justice Alliance:
(1) Nigel Edwards QC, expert in Terrorism and International Law;
(2) Dr. S. Chelvan, Head of Immigration and Public Law;
(3) Diana Constantinide;
(4) Ylenia Rosso;
(5) Baldip Singh Aulak;
(6) Ayesha Smart.
They join a growing list of law firms (in UK, Ukraine and France) and individual advocates/legal counsel/academics, signing up to be affiliates of the Ukraine Justice Alliance. The UK law firms are McCue Jury & Partners LLP and Mishcon de Reya LLP,
There are also NGOS signed up as affiliates; they are:
(2) Médecins Sans Frontières;
(3) Global Witness;
(4) CARE International;
(5) World Jewish Relief.
The full list can be found here.
The Aims and Purpose of Ukraine Justice Alliance
The Ukraine Justice Alliance's aims and purpose are as follows:
'Our inclusive alliance aims to provide free advice on an array of current and critical legal issues (from the humanitarian consequences to matters of accountability) that are affecting Ukraine. We will also explore and support/bring direct legal actions regarding human rights and international law violations, environmental abuses and stolen and damaged national assets.'
'Our coalition will provide legal resources to established NGOs during the Ukrainian conflict.'
'We are a coalition of lawyers, law firms and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have formed an alliance to support Ukrainians in response to the catastrophic invasion of their country.
We wish to provide a secure platform and resource to provide Ukrainian people, NGOs, civil society organisations and the legitimate government of Ukraine with the very best legal expertise now, and as needs change and develop.'
'This alliance will facilitate effective and collaborative evidence gathering (with alliance partners) and where necessary provide evidence to the relevant prosecuting authorities concerning the actions carried out by President Putin – as he claims – on behalf of the Russian state. We distinguish Putin and the architects of his war from the citizens of Russia and in particular those brave opponents that are taking to the streets of Russia to protest against the invasion. We intend to develop a legal resource to support and assist such opposition.'
For assistance or more information, please contact the alliance:
McCue Jury & Partners LLP: +44 20 7096 3767
Mishcon de Reya LLP: +44 20 3321 7000
You can visit the Ukraine Justice Alliance's website, here.
You can read news articles on Ukraine Justice Alliance's website, here.
Some news articles about Refugee Support, have been posted on Ukraine Justice Alliance's website, here.
Join the Ukraine Justice Alliance
To lawyers considering joining as affiliates, the Ukraine Justice Alliance says:
'We welcome lawyers to join us and make use of our platform and resources - in particular Ukrainian lawyers and their law society professional networks who are encountering significant operational difficulties. International legal experts are here to support Ukrainian lawyers and the government to plan and deal with essential conflict and post conflict (transitional justice) legal matters.'
And to NGOs, the Ukraine Justice Alliance says: 'We invite such NGOs to join this alliance.'