As these words are being strung together, the civilian death toll continues to rise in Ukraine. As of March 14th, over 600 people have died and over 1,100 civilians have been wounded. In addition to those injured, over 2.8 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine, seeking refuge in Poland, Germany, Romania, Moldova, and Lithuania, to name a few. As Russia continues to attack Ukraine and war surges, the world is responding in a number of significant ways –– donations, spreading awareness across social media platforms, cross-border acceptance of refugees, pro bono legal assistance, protests against Russian war tactics. The international community has relentlessly used its voice, social media platforms, financial resources, and even opened their homes to provide safe harbor for refugees and denounce Russia’s deadly attacks on Ukraine. More specifically, the international legal community has taken a stand against Russian attacks in two distinct ways. First, many major law firms have shut down operations in Russia, closing offices and dropping Russian clients to comply with sanctions that have been imposed. Second, law firms and lawyers in their individual capacities have been providing pro bono legal services to Ukrainians to offset some of the deleterious effects of the war.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review on May 18, 2022. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Dennis, Kira, "Large Law Firms Respond to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine" (2022). CICLR Online. 48.