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War Crimes, Sanctions & The War In The Ukraine: A Review Of The Legal Aspects Of The Current War & The Laws That Apply

SKU: INT2300
Total Credits
2 - 2.4
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Live Webinar
Wed 7/6/2022
12:00PM - 2:00PM
Eastern Time (EDT)


During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian authorities and armed forces were accused of committing war crimes by carrying out both deliberate attacks against civilian targets and indiscriminate attacks in densely populated areas. The Russian military allegedly exposed the civilian population to unnecessary and disproportionate harm by using cluster munitions – a type of weapon that is prohibited by 110 states because of its immediate and long-term danger to civilians– and by firing other explosive weapons with wide-area effects such as air-dropped bombs, missiles, heavy artillery shells and multiple launch rockets.

After Russian withdrawal from areas north of Kyiv, there was a "mounting body of evidence" of rape, torture and summary killings by Russian forces of Ukrainian civilians. There were allegations of forced deportations of thousands of civilians from Russian-occupied Mariupol to Russia, including children, systematic and massive sexual violence and deliberate killing of Ukrainian civilians by members of the Russian forces.

International sanctions have been imposed during the Russo-Ukrainian War by a large number of countries, including the United States, Canada, and the European Union against Russia following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This seminar examines the legal basis for “War Crimes” and the sanctions that have been imposed as well as the historical context for the current war.

We will be joined by Lt. Col. (Ret) Gian Barrecchia, who will offer his expertise from his extensive military background on the military situation and the consequences of the allegations of war crimes.

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Lecturer Bios

John Morelli, Esq.

Mr. Morelli concentrates his practice in the areas of litigation, commercial transactions and real estate transactions. He is an experienced trial attorney who has been actively appearing before juries since he was admitted to the bar in 1981. The Supreme Court has Certified Mr. Morelli as a Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction that less than 2% of attorneys achieve.

Mr. Morelli is a 1981 graduate of Rutgers University Law School. He holds a B.A. degree from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York. While an undergraduate, Mr. Morelli was a member of the Pi Gamma Mu National Honor Society. He graduated cum laude, with honors in his major in 1978.

He is admitted to practice in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California as well as the United States District Courts for New Jersey, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the Southern District of California, the United States Claims Court and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Camden County Bar Association the California Bar Association and the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Morelli served as the Municipal Court Judge for the Waterford and Voorhees Townships, the Borough of Stratford and the Boroughs of Woodlynne and Collinsgwood from 1997 until 2018. Mr. Morelli has served as a member of the Municipal Court Practice Committeesfor the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Camden County Bar Association. He has authored an article on The History of the Municipal Courts which appeared in New Jersey Lawyer magazine as well as articles on Lincoln the Lawyer and book chapter in the upcoming New Jersey Municipal Court Practice Manual.

Mr. Morelli has also been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the District IV Ethics Committee and the Municipal Court Practice Committee. He served at the Vice Chair, then as Chair of the District IV Ethics Committee. Mr. Morelli served as the City Attorney and Director of the Department of Law for the City of Trenton, New Jersey from 2018 until 2021. In addition to supervising the staff attorneys, Mr. Morelli was responsible for the management of all litigation matters, all urban redevelopment projects as well as the drafting of all resolutions and ordinances on behalf of the City. He served as the chief legal advisor to both the Mayor and City Council.

As City Attorney, Mr. Morelli was responsible for the drafting of a comprehensive zoning ordinance for medical marijuana facilities in the City of Trenton. He has negotiated redevelopment and land use agreements involving some of the largest national marijuana companies.

Mr. Morelli also drafted a comprehensive regulatory plan for the marijuana industry within the City of Trenton which has served as a model ordinance for other municipalities within the State as well as throughout the country.

Gian Barrecchia, LTC, Ret., USA

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Gian Barrecchia, Field Artillery, served 26 years in the United States Army with considerable command and staff experience in the continental United States, Korea, Italy, Germany and the Middle East to include tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He is a graduate of the United State Army Command and General Staff College and is a 1979 graduate of The Citadel

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