Sergey Sayapin

Sergey Sayapin is an Assistant Professor in International and Criminal Law at KIMEP University’s School of Law, Almaty, Kazakhstan, since 2014, and Director of the LLB in International Law Programme. In 2000 – 2014, he held a number of posts at the Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Central Asia. His areas of expertise include international conflict and security law, international human rights and humanitarian law, and international criminal law. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Central Asian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law.

Designation: KIMEP University, School of Law
Institution: KIMEP University, School of Law
Paper: Crimes against the Peace and Security of Mankind in the Revised Edition of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Abstract: "The current Criminal Code of the Republic of Uzbekistan entered into force on 1 April 1994, and was the first post-Soviet criminal code. In 2018, it was decided to revise the Criminal Code, with the participation of international experts, in order to bring the Code in conformity with relevant developments in international law, and with contemporary challenges. As a member of the Working Group in charge of drafting a revised edition of the Criminal Code, the author of the proposed paper will work on the chapter on crimes against the peace and security of mankind. It is planned that the revised chapter will contain, inter alia, a revised definition of the crime of aggression, an expanded catalogue of war crimes committed in international and non-international armed conflicts, and a fine-tuned definition of mercenarism. Importantly, it will be suggested to adjust Uzbekistan´s position with respect to the principle of universal jurisdiction, and to incorporate the notion of crimes against humanity in the Code´s revised edition. If these proposals take effect, Uzbekistan´s revised Criminal Code will be the first criminal code in the Commonwealth of Independent States to encompass crimes against humanity. The proposed paper will outline the proposed novelties, in the context of Uzbekistan´s obligations under international law and ongoing legislative reforms, and draw upon the best practices in international criminal law and domestic penal laws of European, Asian and other States."