International scientific relations

International Scientific Cooperation

One of the directions for training of highly qualified experts in European law is wide international cooperation. To this end, the Chair has already established and maintains contacts in the academic and scientific spheres with the Polish (the University of Wrocław, the University of Zielona Góra, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, University of Białystok), Lithuanian (Kazimieras Simonavičius University), Italian (University of Turin), German (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Regensburg University), Czech (Masaryk University) Universities.

Special attention of the Chair staff is focused on the development of international cooperation in the framework of projects on double diplomas, activation of foreign publications and internships in leading scientific and academic institutions of the world. In this direction, the teaching staff of the Chair actively cooperates with the International Relations Department of the Institute.

Participation in international conferences, seminars, round tables is an integral part of the Chair's research activities. Thus, since 2009, most academics have been actively participating in the annual international scientific conference “Comparative Readings” which influenced the opening of a separate panel "Comparative Dimension of the European Law". Professor Muraviov V.I. and Associate Professor Lysenko O.M. participated in the 13th International Congress on European and Comparative Constitutional Law (Germany, Regensburg, July 1-2, 2011). The theses were published in the joint collection of abstracts and articles: "Protecting the Rights of the Person in Constitutional and International Legal Aspects in Germany, Ukraine and Poland". Associate Professors Fedorova A.L., Lysenko O.M., Smyrnova K.V., Sviatun O.V. participated in the International Conference "The Impact of International Standards on the Development of Democracy and the Protection of Human Rights" (Sejm of the Republic of Poland, Warsaw, April 22-23, 2012), as well as in the International Conference "Universal and Regional Dimensions of Human Rights Protection. New Challenges – New Solutions” (Sejm of the Republic of Poland, Warsaw, April 22-23, 2013). Prof. Smyrnova K.V. participated in the International Law Congress, held on October 17-19, 2016 in Istanbul (Turkey). Prof. Shpakovych O.M. participated in the XVII International Scientific Conference "Development of Legal Regulation in East Europe: Experience of Poland and Ukraine": Conference Proceedings, January 27-28 2017 in Sandomierz (Poland).

In April 2017 the Chair organized the international scientific and practical conference “”Europeanization” of Third-country Legal Orders ₋ implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union” with the support of the EU funded Project "Support to the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement".

A separate area of activity for teaching staff of the Chair is extra-curricular work with students, in particular preparation of students for participation in competitions, organization of educational scientific trips, sports leisure, etc.

The Chair members organized and trained a team of European Law students to participate in the First World Human Rights Moot Court in South Africa at the University of Pretoria. The team of Tatiana Yatsenko and Yulia Kruk supervised by the Associate Professor Fedorova A.L. won the final round of the Moot Court (winners were selected in each region, according to the UN system). The finals were held on December 10, 2009 at the University of Pretoria with the support of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. To participate in the finals, the team successfully passed the written selection round of the Moot Court. The competition was dedicated to the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and was held for the first time in the world. Thus, the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and its representatives were registered as the first winners of the World Human Rights Moot Court.

The Chair organized and prepared a team of students of the specialization "European Law" for participation in the Second International Volodymyr M. Koretsky International Law Competition, held in December 2010. The team took 2nd place. Yevgeny Popko, the captain of the International Relations Institute team, was recognized as the best speaker of the Competition and awarded a special diploma. In the III International Volodymyr M. Koretsky International Law in 2011 the IIR team gained 1st place in the finals. The team was supervised by Associate Professor of the Chair Fedorova A.L. Team of IIR students with the participation of Veselovsky B.A. took the third place in the First All-Ukrainian Labor Law Debate (Vinnytsia, November 25, 2017). The coach of the team was Associate Professor Fedorova A.L. Student of the 4th year Bachelor's Degree Lipkan Dmytro participated in the 1st National Moot Court on EU Law (21 September 2018, Kyiv), held within the framework of the Think Tank Development Initiative implemented by the International Renaissance Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) with financial support of the Embassy of Sweden to Ukraine. The initiator and main organizer of the Moot Court was Professor Smyrnova K.V.

In April 2013, a group of students (15 people) of the Institute for International Relations accompanied by the academic of the Chair Associate Professor Vlyalko I.V. visited the Federal Republic of Germany (Berlin, Kiel, Hamburg) with an educational trip funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), an intermediary organization for educational, scientific and foreign cultural policy , as well as for the development of cooperation in higher education. The purpose of the trip was to establish international cooperation between the Institute of International Relations and German higher education institutions. In particular, the students met teaching staff and students from such leading German universities as the Free University of Berlin, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, the University of Hamburg, and the Bucerius Law School.

In August 2013 and 2014, exchange seminars were held between German and Ukrainian students (Berlin, Germany) under the Ost-West Netzwerk programme. Associate Professor of the Chair Lysenko OM was supervising the students.

On November 14, 2014, an agreement was concluded between the Institute for International Relations and University of Paris North, which envisaged the exchange of students and teaching staff, writing joint textbooks, monographs and articles for publication in France and Ukraine. The agreement also provides for designating annually three students of the specialization "European Law" to study and one academic of the Chair of comparative and European law for internship.

In December 2014, students of the 6th year of the European Law specialization, Shevchuk Oleksander and Smeshko Mykhailo, were sent to study and participate in the conference on legal issues of association of Ukraine with the European Union at the University of Kiel (Kiel, Germany). The internship programme involved the preparation of the conference report and lectures delivered by teaching staff at the University of Kiel.

In 2018, the Chair organized the first National Moot Court on EU Law.

The Chair of Comparative and European Law actively cooperates with representatives of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine and the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, and jointly organizes educational and scientific events. Open lectures (master classes) and case studies are organized and conducted.

The Chair of Comparative and European Law organized training on the distance learning course "Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights" within the HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) programme for the International Law Masters students of the second year. HELP is an open online platform for judges, lawyers, prosecutors, national educational institutions to apply materials and training courses developed by the Council of Europe for the professional training of lawyers. The students were presented with the relevant certificates. The completion of this and other courses in the Council of Europe's HELP programme is planned to be included in a number of work-based curricula for students' individual work.

November 21, 2018 hosted a master class - discussion with the participation of the Judge of the Federal Regional Supreme Court of Germany Ute Mokel on the topic: How to deal with EU Law in a National Case; Application of EU Law by a National Judge. During the meeting, topical issues were discussed regarding the relation between EU law and national legislation, their interaction and ensuring the application of EU law in national courts.

For the first time in the history of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, in 2019 the IIR team with the participation of the academics of the Chair – Professor Smyrnova K.V. and Associate Professor Sviatun O.V. won the competition to create the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in the framework of the European Union's Erasmus+ programme at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.