Dear SIEL members,

The news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has left us shocked. We are following the latest developments with great concern and a heavy heart.

Many Ukrainians are active members of SIEL and we all know them to be hard-working and talented scholars and legal practitioners striving to achieve a better future for their homeland. The Ukrainian people are strong and resilient, and the global community supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. With this message, we offer our Ukrainian friends and colleagues our sincere and heartfelt moral support. We admire Ukraine’s tireless efforts to preserve peace against the odds and the immense courage its population is showing in these difficult times.

We stand in solidarity with all our Ukrainian friends and colleagues and remain hopeful that there will be a solution to this terrible situation soon.

Warm regards,

Peter Van den Bossche, President of SIEL and the SIEL Executive Council.