Ben Emmerson, the famous British lawyer, will be serving Ukraine, protecting the government's interests in the European Court for Human Rights in the cases against Russia. Deputy Justice Minister of Ukraine Ivan Lishchyna said this at a briefing in Kyiv, as quoted by UNN news agency.
The barrister formerly served the family of Aleksandr Litvinenko, the deceased Russian intelligence agent; currently, Emmerson represents Georgia in the ECHR.
'He's the expert in the issues regarding violations of human rights during armed conflicts,' Lishchyna said.
According to him, the deal between the Ukrainian government and the lawyer is worth 140,000 Euros.
Emmerson's career also included working as a judge in the international courts for Yugoslavia and Rwanda; he represented Croatian government in cases against Serbia in the International Court of Justice and protected the interests of Cyprus in cases against Turkey.
Ukraine's Justice Ministry also underlined that the British lawyer previously helped the Ukrainian government in shaping the legal position and building the legal defense strategy for this country in the ECHR.