Ukraine: an international tribunal to punish the crime of aggression?

Ukraine, and subsequently the European Commission, have spoken out in favour of the creation of a special tribunal on aggression in Ukraine. The Nuremberg tribunal considered aggression to be “the supreme international crime” but no one has been prosecuted for the crime of aggression since the end of WWII. The International Criminal Court, which is investigating war crimes in Ukraine does not have jurisdiction to prosecute the crime of aggression by citizens of non-consenting states, a limitation imposed by the United States and other western countries. Proponents say that the creation of an aggression tribunal could decisively rehabilitate the criminal prohibition of illegal war. Sceptics worry that it would consecrate selective justice and reinforce a perception that international justice only kicks in against “enemies” and outcasts.

Followed by a book signing by Reed Brody and Pierre Hazan.

ConflictsInternational lawEastern Europe

Saturday 11 March


Espace Pitoëff - Grande salle

sold out - in case of cancellation, tickets will be put back on sale before the screening

Followed by the debate "Ukraine: an international tribunal to punish the crime of aggression?"

In partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières, the World Organisation Against Torture and ARTE


Reed Brody Reed Brody, War Crimes Prosecutor, member of the International Commission of Jurists

Oleksandra Matviïtchouk Avocate et activiste ukrainienne pour les droits humains

Yves Rossier Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016, Ambassador to Moscow from 2017 to 2021, now consultant

Moderated by

Pierre Hazan Adviser with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, author of "Négocier avec le diable"

This debat is preceded by the movie:

Compétition - Documentaire de création

We Will Not Fade Away

By Alisa Kovalenko

"We Will Not Fade Away" follows the adolescence of Andriy, Ruslan, Ilya, Lisa and Lera in the Donbass region of Ukraine in 2019, where bombings can be heard in the distance. Somewhere between existential questions, the desire to escape from reality and the yearning for the future, they seem to expect something to happen in their lives.  One day, they are offered a unique opportunity to climb the Himalayas... In this bitter-sweet documentary, Alisa Kovalenko depicts a young generation full of dreams and questions that are constantly threatened by the ever-closer presence of a war that is set to escalate.

  • Section Competition - Creative documentaries
  • Original language(s) Ukrainian & Russian
  • Subtitle(s) English & French

ConflictsEastern EuropeYouth

Alisa Kovalenko


  • East Roads Films
  • HAKA Films


  • Alisa Kovalenko
  • Serhiy Stetsenko


  • Mariia Nesterenko


  • Maryna Maykovska
  • Kasia Boniecka
Production country
Ukraine & France
Swiss Premiere