What a prosecution of Russia’s Patriarch Kirill might look like

International law, for all its limitations, has the potential to hold senior leaders in Moscow accountable for their crimes connected with the war on Ukraine. Despite the great practical hurdles to bringing senior Russian leaders to justice, much work is currently underway to both assemble evidence and develop legal arguments for eventual prosecutions. In this post for the Jus Cogens blog, I have sketched out potential elements for a prosecution of Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, for his well-publicized complicity in the war.