International scientific relations

International scientific relations

One of the areas of training highly qualified specialists in European law is a broad international cooperation. To this end, the Department has already established and maintains contacts in educational and scientific fields with the Polish (Wroclaw University, Zelenogorsk, Poznan, University of Bialystok), Lithuanian (Kazimieras Simonavičius University), Italian (University of Turin) German (University of Kr. Albrecht (Kiel), University of Regensburg), Czech (Masaryk University) universities.

The special attention of the staff of the Department is directed to the development of international cooperation in the framework of projects on double diplomas, activation of foreign publications and internships in the leading scientific and educational institutions of the world. In this direction, the tutors of the Department actively cooperate with the Department of International Relations of the Institute.

Participation in international conferences, seminars, round tables is an integral part of the research work of the Department. Thus, since 2009, most tutors have been actively participating in the annual international scientific conference "Comparative Readings", which influenced the opening of a separate area (section) "Comparative Dimension of European Law". Professor V.Muraviov and Associate Professor O.Lysenko took part in the 13th International Congress on European and Comparative Constitutional Law (Regensburg, Germany, July 1-2, 2011). The reports were published in a joint collection of abstracts and articles: "Protection of individual rights in the constitutional and international legal aspects in Germany, Ukraine and Poland." Associate professors O.Lysenko, O.Sviatun, K.Smyrnova, A.Fedorova participated in the International Conference "The Impact of International Standards on the Development of Democracy and 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 took part in the International Legal Congress, which took place on October 17-19, 2016 in Istanbul (Turkey). Prof. O.Shpakovych took part in the XVII International Scientific Conference "Development of legal regulation in East Europe: experience of Poland and Ukraine": Conference Proceedings, which took place on January 27-28, 2017 in Sandomierz (Poland).

In April 2017, the Department organized an international scientific-practical conference "Europeanization" of third-country law - implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union with the support of the EU Project "Support to the Implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU."

A separate area of activity of tutorsof the Department is extracurricular work with students, in particular the preparation of students for participation in competitions, the organization of educational research trips, sports leisure and more.

Tutors of the Department organized and prepared a team of students specializing in "European Law" to participate in the First World Human Rights Moot Court in South Africa at the University of Pretoria (World Human Rights Moot Court Competition). The team consisting of Tatiana Yatsenko and Julia Kruk under the leadership of associate professor Fedorova won in the final round of the competition (winners were determined in each region, according to the UN system). The final took place 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 competition. 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 the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and its representatives were registered as the first winners of the global human rights modeling competition.

The Department organized and prepared a team of students majoring in "European Law" to participate in the Second  Volodymyr Koretsky International Law Competition held in December 2010. The team took 2nd place. The captain of the team of the Institute of International Relations Yevhen Popko was recognized as the best speaker of the Competition and awarded a special diploma. In the III Volodymyr Koretsky International Law Competition the IIR team won (first place in the final) in 2011. The team was coached by associate professor of the Department Fedorova. The team of IIR students with the participation of B.Veselovskyi took the third place in the first All-Ukrainian debate on labor law (Vinnytsia, November 25, 2017). Associate professor Fedorova was the coach of the team. Dmytro Lipkan, a third-year bachelor's student, took part in the (I National Moot Court Competition on EU Law) (September 21, 2018, Kyiv), held as part of the Initiative for the Development of Analytical Centers in Ukraine, implemented by the International Renaissance Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE) with the financial support of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine. Prof. K.Smyrnova was the initiator and a main organizer of this competition.

In April 2013, accompanied by a lecturer of the Department  Associate Professor Vlyalko a group of students (15 people) from the Institute of International Relations 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 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 talked to professors and students of such leading German universities as the Free University of Berlin, the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, the University of Hamburg and the Bucerius School of Law.

In August 2013 and 2014, exchange seminars between German and Ukrainian students took place (Berlin, Germany) under the Ost-West Netzwerk program. Associate Professor Lysenko accompanied students as a curator.

On November 14, 2014, the Kyiv Institute of International Relations and the University of Paris "Paris-North" signed an agreement providing for the exchange of students and tutors , writing joint textbooks, monographs and articles for publication in France and Ukraine. The agreement also provides for the sending of three students majoring in "European Law" to study and one tutor of the Department of Comparative and European Law for internships each year.

In December 2014, 6th year students majoring in European Law, Oleksandr Shevchuk and Mykhailo Smeshko were sent to Kiel University (Kiel, Germany) for an internship and participation in a conference on legal issues of the Association of Ukraine with the European Union. The internship program includes the preparation of a report for the conference and attending lectures by tutors  of Kiel University.

In 2018, the Department organized the I All-Ukrainian student competition in the EU law (National Moot Court Competition).

The Department of Comparative and European Law actively cooperates with the representatives of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine and the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, joint educational and scientific joint events are organized on a permanent basis. Open lectures (master classes) and case studies are organized and conducted.

The Department of Comparative and European Law organizes the second-year Master's program in International Law for the distance learning course "Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights" within the Council of Europe's HELP (Human rights Education for Legal Professionals) Program, which is an open online platform that allows judges , lawyers, prosecutors, national educational institutions to use the materials and training courses developed by the Council of Europe for the professional training of lawyers. Appropriate certificates were awarded to students. It is planned to include this and other courses of the HELP program of the Council of Europe in a number of working curricula of disciplines within the framework of independent work of students.

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

For the first time in the history of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, the IIR team with the participation of scientists of the Department - Professor K.Smyrnova and Associate Professor Sviatun won the competition for the establishment of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence within the framework of the European Union's Erasmus + Program at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.