Business and human rights: implementing UNGPs in Ukraine

panel discussion

The discussion is intended to update for Ukraine the issue of the content of human rights obligations of business. This goal can be achieved by establishing a broad platform for discussion global trends, regional standards and national practices in the field of BHR by business representatives, government bodies, local authorities, academia, civil society institutions. The goal of the panel discussion is to develop a “road map” for Ukraine in ensuring proper implementation of its business obligations in the field of human rights.

Main points to discuss:

  • Business and human rights in Ukraine: international standards implementation
  • National action plan for business and human rights: good lessons and challenges
  • Towards a national action plan on business and human rights in Ukraine
26 September, 2018
9.00 - 18.00
Conference Hall, 10 floor, Library&Learning Center of the NLU, Pushkinska Str. 84-A, Kharkiv


Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group; Professor, University of Washington; Senior Research Fellow, IHRB Anita Ramasastry is a Member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights. She is also the UW Law Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. Anita Ramasastry is a graduate of Harvard College, […]

Beata Faracik

Co-founder and President of the Board of the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business. Leading Polish expert specialized in Human Rights & Business and Corporate Social Responsibility with over 15 years of professional experience and experience of working in public, private and NGO sectors in various countries, including: Ministry of Justice (Poland), Ministry of […]

Michael A. Santoro

World-renowned business ethics teacher, scholar and consultant. He is a Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Previously he was a Professor at Rutgers Business School for two decades. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, a J.D. from New York University, and an […]

Dirk Hoffmann

Senior Adviser, Danish Institute for Human Rights. With a background in international human rights and specifically international labour law, Dirk Hoffmann has spent almost a decade working in the field of business and human rights. Having spent the majority of that time at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) – Denmark’s National Human Rights […]

Tanel Kerikmäe

Director of Tallinn Law School, Faculty of Business and Governance, Head of Academic Ethics Committee, Tallinn University of Technology; Jean Monnet Professor since 2003;  Folke Bernadotte Academy, Rule of Law Working group, member; Сhief-editor, Baltic Journal of European Studies.

Lyra Jakulevičienė

International and European Union law professor at Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania). Over 20 years of her professional experience combines research, training and international consultancies on human rights, asylum and migration issues. She held various positions at UNHCR and UNDP. Currently, she serves as the Dean of the largest Law School in Lithuania and as Head […]

Toma Birmontienė

Professor, Head of the Lithuanian Center for Human Rights (1995-2004), judge of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania (2005-2014), Head of the Baltic-Ukrainian Center for Research and Innovation

Jitka Brodská

Diplomat, Deputy Director of the Human Rights and Transition Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Alla Timofeyeva

Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer at the Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Member of the European Society of International Law, the Interest Group on International Business and Human Rights, and the Czech Society of International Law. Researcher at the Human Rights Research Centre, Prague, Czech Republic. Her specialisation […]

Erica George

Professor George earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the University of Utah S.J. Quinney […]

Kateryna Levchenko

Government Commissioner for Gender Policy


Oleksandr Drozdov

PhD in Law, Chairman of Higher Qualification and Disciplinary Bar Commission of Ukraine

Vladyslav Vlasiuk

General Director of the Directorate for Human Rights, Access to Justice and Legal Awareness of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. He is a co-founder of the TWIN LAWYERS Bar Association (April 2017). He is a co-founder and an expert in the LEAD office (September 2016 – December 2017). He was the Chief of Staff […]

Olena Kharytonova

PhD in Law and qualified lawyer with 15 years of experience in research and teaching activities, including development and implementation of thе «Criminal Law Issues in the ECHR Practice» and «Main Trends of Modern Criminal Law» courses into the University’s educational process; research adviser of student’s scientific community with awards of international moot court competitions. […]

Victor Smorodynskyi

PhD in Law and practicing lawyer and professor with 22 years of professional experience in various fields including legal research and teaching. Currently works as a Professor at Yaroslav the Wise National Law University. Courses developed and taught: «Theory of State and Law», «History of Legal Thought», «Human rights», «Rule of law», «Legal Writing». Member […]

Grygoriy Osovy

Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine


Sergiy Petukhov

Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine on European Integration, Head of the Interdepartmental Commission on Implementation of IHL in Ukraine 2015-2017



Olena Uvarova

Ph.D in Law, is a lecturer in the Theory of Law Department and Leading specialist of International Affairs Department of the National Law University of Yaroslav Mudriy. Dr. Uvarova is the author of more than 80 scientific papers on the theory of law, human rights, gender equality, anti-discrimination policy, business and human rights. Since 2014, […]


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