Video: Accountability in times of crisis

Lessons for Ukraine

A mural graffiti depicting a little girl in front of the Ukrainian colours writing the word 'HOPE' To ensure accountability for war crimes, committed atrocities must be recognised. Photo © picture alliance / ZUMAPRESS.com | Matthias Oesterle

Watch our event where we explored insights gained from the Ukraine war and shed light on the need for accountability in times of crisis.


Since the beginning of the Ukraine war, civil society has undertaken unprecedented attempts to document atrocities and war crimes committed in Ukraine. It is the first time in history that such an attempt has been launched even while the war is still ongoing.

In order to ensure accountability for war crimes, committed atrocities must be recognised and, ideally, the alleged perpetrators must be prosecuted, also to deter others from committing similar crimes. But there is another dimension to accountability that focuses on what happens when the war ends and on strengthening post-war societal cohesion.

Together with experts in human rights law and civil society leaders, we explored insights on the current situation in Ukraine and the need for accountability in times of crisis. We examined current efforts to ensure criminal accountability and how they can help shape a more just and accountable future in Ukraine.

Accountability in times of crisis: Lessons for Ukraine

30 October 2023
14:30 - 16:30 CET
(ics, ical)

This event was held in English and was livestreamed from Berlin, Germany.

Welcome remarks by Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director, Berghof Foundation and Janine di Giovanni, Executive Director, The Reckoning Project.

Opening remarks:

  • Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference
  • Timothy Snyder, Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University
Panel discussion with:
  • Ambassador Beth Van Schaack, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, United States Department of State
  • Peter Pomerantsev, Executive Editor and Co-Founder, The Reckoning Project
  • Sevgil Musaieva, Chief editor, Ukrayinska Pravda
  • Ibrahim al Olabi, Barrister, Guernica 37 Chambers

Moderated by Janine di Giovanni, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Reckoning Project.


About the event

This event was part of the “Berlin symposium: War crimes, accountability and justice in Ukraine” hosted by the Berghof Foundation in collaboration with The Reckoning Project.



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