Human dignity and gender equality: constitutional metamorphoses

Panel discussion

Partners of the event: OSCE, Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

Supported by:

OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine


  Forum program: Human dignity and gender equality: constitutional metamorphoses  


Audience: judges, lawyers, prosecutors, civil servants, legal scholars, students, doctoral students, law school teachers, representatives of human rights NGOs, all those interested in constitutional studies on human dignity and gender equality.

The aim of the event is to create a space for open intellectual debate on the meaning and possibilities of the concepts of human dignity and gender equality in the modern constitutional context. By inviting participants to discuss specific constellations of issues from relevant disciplinary perspectives, the organizers seek to provide a transdisciplinary overview of current pressing issues of gender equality and human dignity that emerge in the plane of constitutionalism. The growing social tensions concerning the problems of gender equality, the need for a deep rethinking of the legal potential of the concept of human dignity, the complexity of the internal transformation of modern liberal constitutionalism require broad public debate. The challenges of freedom and pluralism, autonomy and equality, digitalisation and globalization, pandemic, climate and other security threats require concerted solutions based on human rights and the values ​​of an open society. This public discussion aims to establish a dialogue and seek mutual understanding in the following rounds of discussion:

Round 1 “From Human Dignity to Gender Equality: Drift of Ideas”.

The round includes a discussion of the transformation of the ideas of human dignity and gender equality in the constitutional perspective, a discussion of their value for law and social life, understanding these concepts in the context of the development of law and their impact on the evolution of jurisprudence.

Round 2 “Constitutional Cartography: Authenticity, Identity and Politics”.

The map of modern constitutions ranges from the authenticity and identity of atomized free individuals to political strategies for the coexistence of diversity and sustainable development of societies. How the concept of dignity and gender equality shape the modern constitutional landscape, how the issue of gender equality can be placed in the broader context of respect for human dignity, what are the political and legal tools for gender sensitivity formation and creation of a wide range of conditions for human prosperity – these constitutional routes will be discussed in the 2nd round of discussion.

Round 3 “Facing the Apocalypse: a new crystallization of socio-legal reality.”

This round will focus on problems that occur in real time and are virtually devoid of opportunities for forward reflection, requiring dynamic and flexible quick responses. The pandemic shock, the digital wave, the surge in domestic violence and threats to women’s health, paradigm shift of the educational environment under crisis conditions, and the institutional capacity of national and international human rights mechanisms will be central to the discussion.

*Participants who join the zoom broadcast and pass the control polls during the discussion will receive certificates.

25 вересня 2020
09.30 – 17.00 (Kyiv time)


Galyna Yurovska

Judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. Judge Yurovska started working in the Khmelnytskyi Regional Court as an archivist, typist, court secretary (1979-1981). In 1985, she graduated from the Kharkiv Law Institute (now known as the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University). After completing her studies, she worked as a notary, a senior notary consultant in […]

Yurii Barabash

Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor, Vise-Rector for Academic Work of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine

Henrik Villadsen

Ambassador, the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine. Ambassador Henrik Villadsen from Denmark was appointed Project Co-ordinator in November 2018. Most recently, he was Director of the office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities since December 2014. He holds a master’s degree in law with a specialization in human rights under armed conflicts and is […]

Oleksandr Vodyannikov

National Legal Advisor to the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine. For the past 15 years Oleksandr has been contributing to the OSCE PCU projects helping Ukraine to align its institutions and practices to international standards in the sphere of: constitutional and judicial reforms, including Constitutional Court reform, rule of law and human rights, criminal justice […]

Kateryna Levchenko

Governmental Commissioner for Gender Policy. Ph.D., Professor. For more than 20 years Kateryna has been the head of the NGO «La Strada-Ukraine». Deputy of Ukrainian Parliament of the 5th convocation, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE (2006-2007). Author and initiator of improvement laws on prevention of domestic violence, strengthening of protection children, introduction […]

Nadiya Stefaniv

Justice of the Supreme Court. President of the All-Ukrainian Association of Women Judges. Lecturer of the National School of Judges of Ukraine. Nadiya Stefaniv was a member of the developers group of educational trainings for judges «Evidence and Proving in the Criminal Procedure», «Peculiarities of Consideration of Cases Against Traffiking in Human Beings», «Anticorruption Legislation», […]

Pavlo Pushkar

Head of Division at the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Directorate General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law of the Council of Europe (CoE). He started his career at the Council in 2002 as a lawyer at the Registry of the ECtHR, then a […]

Dmytro Vovk

Director for the Center for the Rule of Law and Religion Studies at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He is a member of the OSCE/ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief (2019-2022) and an Academic Advisory Council of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. He has been an international and […]

Olena Uvarova

Ph.D in Law, lecturer in the Theory of Law Department, Head of the International Lab on business and human rights in the Yaroslav Mudriy National Law University. 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, […]

Tetyana Slinko

Professor, Head of the Department of Constitutional Law, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. She completed an internship under the Tempus Tacis Program (TEMRUS) of the European Commission at the University of Oviedo (Spain, Oviedo, the administrative center of the Autonomous Region of Asturias). […]

Olena Dashkovska

Doctor of Law, Professor, Department of Theory and Philosophy of Law, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. Prof. Olena Dashkovska was at the origins of the development of legal doctrine on gender equality in Ukraine. In 2008 she defended her dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Law “Legal status of women in the context of […]

Mykhailo Savchyn

Director of Science-Research Institute of Comparative Public Law at Uzhhorod National University. Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor. Lecturer of the National School of Judges of Ukraine. Specialist in the sphere of constitutional law, hold position of Advisor for Head of Constitutional Court of Ukraine (2008-2010). Is an author of more than 150 scientific essays, monography […]

Hrystyna Kit

Chairwoman of the NGO “Association of Women’s Lawyers of Ukraine “JurFem”, lawyer, Ph.D in legal sciences, feminist. In 2010, Hrystyna completed her studies at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Faculty of Law. In 2011-2014, she studied at the postgraduate course at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. In 2015 she got her […]

Larysa Denysenko

Journalist, attorney, human rights activist, co-founder of the NGO “Association of Women’s Lawyers of Ukraine “JurFem”, writer

Svitlana Khyliuk

Head of the Department of Theory of Law and Human Rights, Head of the Master’s Program in Human Rights of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Legal Expert of the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Certified Expert of the National Bar Association of Ukraine; a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, […]

Olga Poiedynok

Associate Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Institute of International Relations, Department of International Law, Chair of the Legal Education Committee, Vice-Chair of the Gender Policy Committee, Vice-Chair of the International Law Committee, Ukrainian National Bar Association. Olga teaches Human Rights Law, International Migration Law, Law of Treaties, International Law in Domestic Legal […]

Nataliya Gutorova

Professor of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminal Law Disciplines of the Poltava Law Institute of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, head of the Laboratory for the Study of National Security Problems in the Field of Public Health of the Аcademician Stashis Scientific Research Institute for the Study of Crime Problems of the […]

Peter Čuroš

a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Private Law at the University of Oslo. In the years 2016-2019 he was an Assistant Professor at the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Faculty of Law, where he presented his dissertation thesis on Right to Disobey: Civil Disobedience. August 2015- May 2016 he spend as visiting scholar […]

Nataliya Maslak

The private notary of Kharkiv city notarial district since 2007. A lawyer-practitioner who specializes in family, marriage, housing, land, civil law. A mediator with extensive practice in the family arbitration, counselling and mending family disputes taking into account the gender issues. A member of the Notary Chamber of Ukraine. A speaker of certification courses of […]

Alesia Gornostay

Associate Professor, Criminal Law Department No. 1, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, PhD. An expert of the development and implementation of methods of integrated teaching for students in University courses “The Main Trends of Modern Criminal Law”, “General Part of Criminal Law”, “Special Part of Criminal Law”. The areas of her activity include the research […]

Oleksandr Radutniy

PhD in Law, Associate Professor, Criminal Law Department, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Kharkiv, Ukraine), attorney, legal advisor. In research he specializes in the legal status of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Human Being under the view of the general theory of law and criminal law. In particular, he investigates the perspective for Artificial Intelligence to […]

Yulia Razmetaeva

PhD, an Assistant at the Department of Theory and Philosophy of Law of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. She is the author of more than 90 scientific and analytical publications on the theory of law, human rights, civil society, law and information technology, gender equality and gender stereotypes in the digital age, business and […]

Vitalii Gatseliuk

National Programme Manager, Legal Reform Ph.D., Honoured lawyer of Ukraine


Olena Kharytonova

PhD, Associate Professor, Criminal Law Department n. 1, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. OSCE Legal Expert. Expert/Trainer of the project «Helping Law Schools Promote Human Rights» of the OSCE PCU (2017, 2018, 2019). Lecturer/trainer of the Academic Exchange Program for Criminal Law of the OSCE PCU (2016, 2017). Lecturer/trainer of the Summer School “Rule of […]

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Rector of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University
Vasyl Tatsii