Destruction of cultural heritage of Ukraine

Come and join our debate devoted to “Destruction of cultural heritage of Ukraine”. Our guests are Kateryna Busol from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Andrzej Jakubowski from Polish Academy of Science and Joe Powderly from Leiden University.

During the debate we will try to answer the following questions and many more:

  • Is there a room for protection of cultural heritage in the face of a threat of nuclear annihiliation?
  • What is the scale of the destruction of cultural heritage in Ukraine?
  • Why do Russians target cultural goods?
  • Does the destruction of cultural goods in Ukraine should be a priority for the ICC prosecutors?
  • How in practice we can protect cultural goods in case of an armed conflict?
  • What can be done more by Ukraine and by third states to protect cultural heritage?


Dr. Kateryna Busol – Kateryna Busol is a Ukrainian lawyer and an Associate Professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She has worked on various issues related to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, with a particular focus on the weaponisation of cultural heritage, conflict-related sexual violence, incitement to genocide and Ukraine’s transitional justice
process. Kateryna has worked with Clooney Foundation for Justice, UN Women and Global Rights Compliance. She has collaborated with Ukrainian NGOs such as the Media Initiative for Human Rights and Truth Hounds and advised Ukrainian prosecutors and judges on armed conflict-related proceedings. Kateryna has been a fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Chatham House and a visiting professional at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Dr. Joseph Powderly – Dr Joseph Powderly is Associate Professor of Public International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University where in teaches in the areas of international criminal law, international human rights law, and public international law.
He is the author of Judges and the Making of International Criminal Law (Brill Nijhoff 2020) and many journal articles and chapters on subjects related to international criminal law, international human rights law, and international cultural heritage law. His volume, co-edited with Dr Amy Strecker entitled, Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law was July
2023 by Brill Nijhoff. He is a former Managing Editor of Criminal Law Forum and is currently an Editorial Board Member of the Leiden Journal of International Law. He is a member of the Management Board of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, and acts as the Centre’s Director of Ph.D Studies and co-Director of Teaching.

Dr Andrzej Jakubowski is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has served as Chair of the Committee on Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance (2018-2022) and Rapporteur of the Committee on Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflicts (since 2023), International Law Association (ILA). He is also mediator at the UNESCO Intergovernmental “Return and Restitution” Committee (ICPRCP) and arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Art in The Hague (CAfA). Andrzej is the co-author of the report Protecting cultural heritage from armed conflicts in Ukraine and beyond (2023), requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education. He also authored State Succession in Cultural Property (Oxford University Press 2015), edited Cultural Rights as Collective Rights: An International Law Perspective (Brill Nijhoff 2016), and co-edited (with Ana Filipa Vrdoljak and Alessandro Chechi) The 1970 UNESCO and 1995 UNIDROIT Conventions on Stolen or Illegally Transferred Cultural Property. A Commentary (Oxford University Press 2024).

Dr. Hab. Patrycja Grzebyk – Associate Professor at the University of Warsaw. Author of Human and Non-Human Targets in Armed Conflicts (Cambridge University Press 2022).

The event will take place on 28 March 2024 at 5 pm on DeBeKa Gallery, Krakowskie Przedmieście 11.


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