Advising Ukrainian State Security Services, Military Police of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and the Prosecutor General's Office concerning war crimes investigations.
Providing capacity building and advisory services to the Prosecutor General's Office, particularly the Crimean Prosecutor General's Office, in prosecuting war crimes.
Assisting the Government of Ukraine and victims of war crimes in its investigation currently being conducted at the International Criminal Court.
History and Appointments in Ukraine
As Managing Partner of Global Rights Compliance, Mr. Martin has been a leading voice in Ukraine on a range of matters relating to international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and international human rights law for over seven years. He has been recognised for his contribution by GRC's cabinet-level appointment to the International Humanitarian Law Commission for the Government of Ukraine.
Investigations, Prosecutions and Assistance with Investigation at the International Criminal Court
Scott Martin has have provided significant assistance on human rights investigations and prosecutions in relation to the conflict. This has included providing capacity building services to the State Security Services of Ukraine and working within the Crimean Prosecutor’s Office advising on war crimes prosecutions. They have also established a relationship with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the office responsible for conducting the investigation concerning crimes committed in Ukraine.
GJA members have also conducted detailed investigations into human rights violations and presented such information to various remedial mechanisms, including the ICC, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and other regional and international remedial mechanisms and bodies.
Legal Reform of the Ukraine Criminal Code to Allow for the Full Prosecution of International Crimes
Led by Scott Martin, GRC conducted the only comprehensive analysis of Ukraine's legal infrastructure relevant to promoting, regulating and enforcing international humanitarian law. Upon completion, this led to work reforming the Ukraine Criminal Code to ensure that Ukraine’s domestic legal system allowed for the prosecution of war crimes. Further, Scott has played a leading role in advocating for passage of the reform bill in the Ukrainian Parliament since 2016. Passed in 2021, we now await final signature by the President of Ukraine.
Working with Armed Forces of Ukraine
GRC partnered with the Ministry of Defence and others to review and revise the IHL Military Manual and IHL Field Manual. It has also worked with the Military Law Enforcement Service (Military Police of the Ukrainian Armed Forces) on the appropriate documentation and investigation of violations of international humanitarian law as first responders to war crimes. Training was also provided to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.