In 2023, the Foundation focused its 5th Open Forum on the Ukraine war with the title "Impunity after the Ukraine". The Foundation were delighted to welcome UK Attorney General, Victoria Prentis, KC MP, former ambassador Simon Smith CMG and Ukraine speakers Andriy Kostin Prosecutor General of the Ukraine and President of the Supreme Court, Stanislav Kravchenko.
The Foundation has previously worked in a number of ways in Ukraine. Following a series of visits, the Foundation produced a report on some of the problems affecting the Ukrainian judiciary and contained proposals for how the Foundation might be able to assist. A copy of the report can be viewed here: The Rule of Law in Ukraine
Slynn made a series of visits to offer advice on the criminal justice reforms and provided a critique for the Council of Europe on a new draft law for the Office of Public Prosecutor in Ukraine. Slynn held discussions with senior judges of the High Specialist Administrative Court and the High Specialist Criminal and Civil Court in Kyiv and the Court of Appeal in Zaporizhya on issues of mutual interest in the criminal justice and administrative justice fields.
The Foundation delivered seminars for judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine covering the Rule of Law, the relationships between the Judiciary and the Executive, the Legislature and the media, the UK Supreme Court and the binding effect of its judgments, the governance of the English judiciary, and contemporary issues in civil and criminal procedure. The seminars were organised in partnership with Agencia Consulting Ltd and funded by HM British Embassy, Kyiv.
The Foundation has also participated in conferences including those organised by the Ukrainian Bar Association on International Commercial Arbitration. Representatives of the Foundation delivered virtual presentations at a major conference in Kyiv for the Ukrainian judiciary on the Rule of Law and provided a one-day workshop for judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine on the caselaw of the European Convention on Human Rights.
In London the Foundation met a delegation of judges from the new High Specialist Court for Civil and Criminal Cases. It also contributed to discussions with a delegation from the Supreme Court of Ukraine on the work of the Crown Prosecution Service, the Judicial Appointments Commission and the Office of Judicial Complaints.
As a part of it's legacy in the region, the Foundation granted two Annual Fellowships to young Ukrainian lawyers. For more info see here.