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Legal News
25 May 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Frontrunner Petro Poroshenko claimed Ukraine's presidency on Sunday after exit polls gave him an absolute majority in the first round of voting. Billionaire candy-maker Poroshenko, who is known as the "chocolate king," garnered more than 55 percent of votes. While announcing his victory, Poroshenko vowed to forge closer links … [read more]


Legal News
22 Mar 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed elements of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [materials, EU backgrounder] on Friday, reversing the previous administration's position on the legislation. The signing comes three days after Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] and representatives of Crimea signed a treaty [JURIST report] that incorporates Crimea … [read more]


Student Commentary
27 Feb 2014

On this episode of the JURIST Podcast, Pitt Law students Taras Shablii and Slava Opeida discuss the recent protests, legislation and political deals to come out of their native Ukraine. They gave some background on the cause of the first wave of protests: the suspension of negotiations on a … [read more]


Podcast
26 Feb 2014

On this episode of the JURIST Podcast, Pitt Law students Taras Shablii and Slava Opeida discuss the recent protests, legislation and political deals to come out of their native Ukraine. They gave some background on the cause of the first wave of protests: the suspension of negotiations on a long-expected … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Ukraine opposition icon and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website; JURIST news archive] was released from prison Saturday when the Supreme Council of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada [official website], voted to decriminalize the charges that had been brought against her. Tymoshenko, an ardent critic of current President Viktor Yanukovich … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] issued statements [UN News Centre report] Tuesday urging Ukrainian protesters to use restraint and calling on both the government and protesters to work towards constructive dialogue to diffuse the rising tension and violence that has … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2014
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The European Union (EU) [official website] on Monday urged [statement, PDF] Ukraine's government to repeal a series of laws [materials] that limit the right to protest government actions. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich [official website, news archive] signed an anti-protest bill into law [JURIST report] last week amid widespread protests. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website, JURIST news archive] on Friday signed a bill [official website] punishing by fines or arrest the blockading of public buildings, protesters wearing masks or helmets, the dissemination of Internet slander, and providing facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings. The law was passed [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Ukraine lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation punishing by fines or arrest the blockading of public buildings, protesters wearing masks or helmets, the dissemination of Internet slander, and providing facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings. Critics allege [Al Jazeera report] the laws were passed to suppress protests against President Viktor … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], in a letter [text] sent on Friday, called on Ukrainian authorities to end intimidation tactics against those allegedly the victim of police violence. The letter detailed concerns surrounding the treatment of two groups of protesters. The groups were protesting on November 30 at … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2013
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Protests relating to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's [official website; JURIST news archive] decision to back out of an EU trade agreement occurred in Kiev on Saturday. The US has threatened [Bloomberg report] to impose trade sanctions on the Ukraine in response to the crackdowns, and Yanukovich himself has reportedly … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich [official website; JURIST news archive] offered amnesty [press release] on Friday to those detained while participating in the country's recent anti-government protests. The proposal was made during a roundtable discussion with opposition leaders. "My point of view is that we should turn over the page … [read more]


Legal News
10 Dec 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich [official website; BBC profile] stated on Tuesday at a televised round-table discussion that a working group is likely to return to Brussels to continue talks on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [EU backgrounder], a planned trade pact with the EU. Yanukovich's earlier decision to abandon the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Ukrainian demonstrators gathered in the streets of Kiev Saturday to protest President Viktor Yanukovich's [official website; BBC profile] decision to abandon the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [EU backgrounder], a planned trade pact with the EU. According to media reports the Berkut riot police responded to the demonstration with force to … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Ukraine's imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] announced on Monday [press release] that she would go on a hunger strike to show her support [Guardian report] for the demonstrators who have been protesting Ukraine's decision to abandon a planned EU trade pact. Demonstrators allege that … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] One of the defense lawyers for imprisoned former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] was detained by police Monday, according to Arseniy Yatsenyuk [official website] an MP for Tymoshenko's All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" [party website; in Ukrainian] party. Yatsenyuk has not provided [BBC news report] any … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website] said Friday that he will sign a law [press release] allowing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website; JURIST news archive] to travel abroad for medical treatment, if the bill is passed by the Verkhovna Rada [official website, in Ukrainian], Ukraine's parliament. In … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website; BBC profile] signed a law [press release] on Friday to improve prison conditions and take one step closer to integration with the EU. This law was required to allow the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement [EU backgrounder], which is expected to be … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The UkraineProsecutor General [official website, in Ukrainian] on Monday reopened the murder case against former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website; JURIST news archive]. The charges, originally filed in January [JURIST report], allege that Tymoshenko and former prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko [JURIST news archive] ordered the murder of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] ruled [judgment; press release, PDF] Tuesday that Ukraine violated the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) [text, PDF] by jailing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website; JURIST news archive] for politically-motivated reasons. The court ruled that Tymoskenko's indefinite pre-trial detention … [read more]

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