Russia’s actions ‘a direct threat to the rule of law’ – Law Society

Law Society President I. Stephanie Boyce issued a statement condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, offering the Law Society’s support to its members in the region and describing Russia’s actions as a “direct threat to the rule of law”.

Boyce noted:

The Bar stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the National Bar Association of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Bar Association. We also stand with the Russian people who oppose their government’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, and the lawyers who defend the rule of law in the region.

We condemn the actions of the Russian Federation, which are contrary to international law. There is no doubt that these actions pose a direct threat to the rule of law.

We continue to support our members in the region during this difficult time.”

There would be “relatively few UK lawyers or firms based in affected areas“, but several companies have offices in the capital, Kyiv. According to The Gazette, CMS Cameron McKenna has 40 qualified national and international lawyers in its Kyiv office, while Baker McKenzie and Dentons also operate from the country. The Law Society’s statement says it will offer support to any of its members in the region.

Boyce’s sentiment was echoed by Sternford Moyo, President of the International Bar Association:

This act of President Putin is a watershed moment that unquestionably violates international law. Member states of the United Nations have, since 1945, agreed that territory should only change hands by consent. This rule is central to the maintenance of international public order between States.”