Ukraine v. Russian Federation


Covington has secured a decisive win for Ukraine in proceedings against the Russian Federation before the International Court of Justice (“ICJ”) concerning violations by Russia of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (“ICSFT”) and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (“CERD”).

Ukraine instituted proceedings against the Russian Federation in January 2017.

Today’s victory builds upon Covington’s success in securing provisional measures on behalf of Ukraine in April 2017, when the Court issued provisional measures ordering Russia to refrain from limitations on the ability of the Crimean Tatar community to conserve its representative institutions, and ensure the availability of education in the Ukrainian language, and not to aggravate the dispute before the Court during the pendency of the proceedings.

All of Ukraine’s claims, which concern the financing of terrorism and racial discrimination in Crimea, will now move forward to a full hearing on the merits at the ICJ.

The Covington team is led by partners Marney L. Cheek (Picture), Jonathan Gimblett, and David Zionts, in partnership with Professor Harold Hongju Koh of Yale Law School and Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin of Paris-Nanterre University. Other Covington attorneys on the team are associates Clovis Trevino, George M. Mackie, Julia Brower, Tina Thomas, Megan O’Neill, Ariel Rosenbaum, Roger Polack, and Alexandra Francis, and special legal consultant Volodymyr Shkilevych.

Involved fees earner: Julia Brower – Covington & Burling; Marney Cheek – Covington & Burling; Alexandra Francis – Covington & Burling; Jonathan Gimblett – Covington & Burling; George Mackie – Covington & Burling; Megan O’Neill – Covington & Burling; Roger Polack – Covington & Burling; Ariel Rosenbaum – Covington & Burling; Tina Thomas – Covington & Burling; Clovis Trevino – Covington & Burling; David Zionts – Covington & Burling;

Law Firms: Covington & Burling;

Clients: Ukrainian government;