Vasyl Kostytsky

Doctor of Law, Professor of the Department of Theory and History of Law and State at the Institute of Law of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Academician of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.

Honored Lawyer of Ukraine, Ambassador of Peace, President of the International Ecological Academy.

He graduated from the Law Faculty of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Faculty of Engineering and Economics of the Petro Pogrebniak Lviv Forestry University, a two-year course in higher school psychology and pedagogy at Lviv University, postgraduate course at the Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow and a course on environmental management at the International Environmental Academy (city of Geneva). He has considerable experience in state activity, People’s Deputy of Ukraine of I, II, III convocations, was  chairman of the subcommittee of the Committee on Legal Policy and Judicial Reform, Secretary of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, worked in different years. Known outside of Ukraine as a scholar and statesman, he was senior advisor for Ukraine at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (Geneva), a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and for a long time – vice president of the Christian Democrats and People’s Party in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

He has considerable experience in organizing work in the sphere of education and science, he has headed the Private Law and Entrepreneurship Research Institute of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, worked as Director of the Law Institute of the National Aviation Institute and Director of the Research Center of the State Tax Service, Institute of Legislative Assumptions and Legal Expertise. Now he is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the State University of Infrastructure and Technologies.

During all the years of his work in leadership positions in the state bodies and scientific-educational institutions, he is very active in scientific work. He formulated the basic provisions of the theological and sociological understanding of law and a new model of separation of powers, prepared the project of the new edition of the Constitution of Ukraine.

He was elected an honorary professor of Zaporizhzhia National University, Pre-Carpathian National Vasyl Stefanik University, Dnepropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs, Classical Private University (Zaporizhzhia).

Under his supervision have been prepared and defended more than 30 doctoral and candidate dissertations. He wrote and published about 400 scientific works, including 35 individual and collective monographs, 18 textbooks and manuals, about 40 brochures, co-authored several comments to the Constitution and legislation of Ukraine. He is the author of almost 200 draft laws, most of which were adopted in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Among them are the laws on environmental protection, on judicial system, on the High Council of Justice, on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, on protection of property rights, on freedom of religion. His participation in the work in 1996 as the member of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on revising the Constitution of Ukraine should be emphasized.