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Professional Commentary
12 Dec 2014
by Anastasiia Shtanieva of

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasiia Shtanieva, a practicing lawyer and trained mediator, discusses the current situation in Crimea and focuses on legal mechanisms to fight human rights violations on the peninsula...The Human Rights Day is observed annually on the 10th of December (commemorating the date of adoption of the Universal Declaration … [read more]

Legal News
15 Oct 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Ukrainian government [official website] on Tuesday passed [press release] five anti-corruption laws in an effort to cure past issues and work towards developing more transparency in government affairs. The anti-corruption law package addresses issues with Bureau corruption, creates principles of anti-corruption policy and prevents citizens from laundering money … [read more]

Academic Commentary
19 Apr 2014
by William Partlett of Columbia University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett of Columbia University School of Law discusses the current state of the controversy in Ukraine ... Constitution-making has rapidly moved to the forefront of the East-West standoff in the Ukraine. Prime Minister Arsenii Yatsenyuk recently announced an ambitious schedule for Ukrainian constitution-making that promises a … [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]

Legal News
6 Mar 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Members of Parliament in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea on Thursday asked the Russian government to allow the region to become part of the Russian Federation. According to the parliament, a referendum [RIA Novosti report] to approve the decision to secede from Ukraine and join Russia or restore … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Ukraine interim general prosecutor reported on Wednesday that an international arrest warrant has been requested for ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, implicating him in the "mass murder" of civilians during the recent Kiev protests. Oleg Makhnytsky reported [AFP report] that the former president was "the subject of an international arrest … [read more]

Legal News
3 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Leaders of Ukraine's anti-government protests on Monday pressed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich [official website; JURIST news archive] for further concessions, including a return to an earlier constitution that would limit presidential powers and a revival of the EU fair trade agreement (FTA) [existing EU FTAs]. Arseny Yatsenyuk [Open Ukraine … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jan 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Verkhovna Rada [official website], the Parliament of Ukraine, on Wednesday passed a law granting conditional amnesty to protesters arrested during the weeks of unrest that have gripped the nation. The passage of this measure came during the parliament's extraordinary session [JURIST report], which began earlier in the day … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Verkhovna Rada [official website], the Parliament of Ukraine continued [press release] an extraordinary session Wednesday to discuss amnesty for protesters arrested during the weeks of unrest that have gripped the nation. One of the amnesty proposals being considered by lawmakers would grant amnesty [AP report] on the condition … [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]

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