Thursday, 26 November

President Volodymyr Zelensky approved the composition of the Legal Policy Commission, which will, in particular, elaborate the legal bases for creating conditions for the reintegration of the occupied territories and the population living there into the single constitutional space of Ukraine. The relevant document was published on the head of state’s website on Wednesday.

According to the decree, six working groups are formed within the Commission from among its members: on the preparation of proposals for amending the Constitution of Ukraine; development of legislation on the organization of the judiciary and the administration of justice; development of criminal law; reform of criminal justice; development of legal education; reintegration of temporarily occupied territories.

Among them are the co-chairman of the commission, the professor of the department of international law of the Institute of International Relations of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Mykhaylo Buromensky and the deputy head of the Office of the President, co-chairman of the Commission Ruslan Ryaboshapka.

Anatoliy Zayets, Head of the Department of General Theory of Law and Public Law of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, heads the working group on the preparation of proposals for amending the Constitution of Ukraine.

This working group also includes a retired Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Doctor of Law, Professor Vladymyr Butkevych and a representative of the President in the Constitutional Court, Fedor Venislavsky.

The working group on the development of legislation on the organization of the judiciary and the administration of justice was headed by the rector of the National School of Judges of Ukraine, Doctor of Law Mykola Onishchuk.

This group consists mainly of judges, in particular, the Supreme Court ones, and members of the High Qualifications Commission of Judges.

The Criminal Law Reform Working Group was chaired by Professor of the Department of Criminal Law # 1 of Yaroslav the Wise National Law University, Academician of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Laws, Professor Yury Baulin.

The Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform is chaired by Vitaly Kasko, Deputy Attorney General of Ukraine in 2015-2016.

The working group on the development of legal education was headed by the Vice-President of the National Academy of Law Sciences of Ukraine, Head of the Kyiv Regional Center, Academician of the National Academy of Law Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Law, Professor Nataliia Kuznetsova.

The Working Group on the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories is chaired by the Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Candidate of Law, Associate Professor Anton Korynevych.

The commission also includes an ex-Buddhist, a representative of Ukraine in the working group on humanitarian issues in the Tripartite Contact Group to achieve the goals of peaceful settlement of the situation in some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Valeriya Lutkovska, as well as human rights activists, judges, and lawyers.

As for the international consultants and observers who are members of the Legal Reform Commission, there are 24 persons, some of whom are foreigners.

In particular, the Political Advisor of the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine, the Head of the Donetsk and Lugansk Zonal Office of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine Gaspar Bergman, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe for Ukraine Reggie Bria, Representative of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, Coordinator of the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Sector Manfredas Limantas and others.


The document was removed from the site of the President of Ukraine.

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