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UK: How solicitors and firms are supporting displaced Ukrainian lawyers


Since the illegal invasion of Ukraine began, the solicitor profession has stood in solidarity with the country and its people. We brought together over 100 displaced Ukrainian lawyers and 24 major employers to create networking, employment and training opportunities.

Over 170 guests attended the job fair on 26 September, which aimed to support Ukrainian lawyers who have moved to the UK following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.

Over 20 major employers, including Shell, Deutsche Bank, Dentons and LexisNexis, had the opportunity to promote a diverse range of roles and initiatives to more than 100 Ukrainian lawyers and collect applications for vacancies.

UK organisations also provided practical advice and guidance, helping lawyers to understand their options for employment and training.

“Today is an example of solidarity in action,” said chief executive of the Law Society, Ian Jeffrey.

“We have brought together law firms, in-house legal teams, legal service providers, recruitment agencies, training providers and English language schools that Ukrainian lawyers will be able to meet with.”

Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK, Vadym Prystaiko, gave a powerful speech condemning Russia’s illegal invasion of his homeland.

He also highlighted the critical role of initiatives that address local problems experienced by Ukrainian refugees, including the search for employment and housing.





https://www.avocatparis.org/Solidarite-Ukraine (FRANCAIS)



USA: Ukrainian scholars and others finding a helping hand at University of Pittsburgh School of Law


Amid the Russian invasion, Pitt professors and programs are aiding Ukraine and Ukrainians in their efforts to continue their academic scholarship, prepare to rebuild their country and treat victims — particularly of trauma and its effects.

The School of Law, pointing to the many ways Russia has tried to use the law to confront Ukraine before and during the war, has brought eight Ukrainian law students here to the Center for International Legal Education (CILE) with full scholarships to earn their LLM (master of laws) degree. It is part of the school’s broader Ukrainian Legal Assistance Project, which is helping prepare these students — many of them already accomplished Ukrainian lawyers — to rebuild their country after the war and to connect them now with law firms and companies here for pro bono work that can help Ukraine today.

CILE Executive Director Charles T. Kotuby Jr. points out that the program already has experience bringing students here from Afghanistan with similar goals for their homeland.

“What we’re really trying to do is create the next generation of leaders” in Ukraine, Kotuby said. “The Ukrainian students — you cannot keep them here … They want to go back and rebuild the country.”

CILE has asked the Pittsburgh legal community and international businesses for help in taking on these students part-time while they are here, involving them in legal work today. “We’ve had a wonderful response,” Kotuby said. “They are a remarkable bunch of students.

One of them is Olha V. Tsyliuryk, who already has 13 years’ experience in the law. When the war hit, she was legal adviser to the mayor of Enerhodar, 420 miles from Kyiv. She is also an elected member of her district council and a university lecturer with her own law practice. Enerhodar is the site of the nuclear power plant currently under siege by the Russians.

When the war started, she drove to Warsaw and flew to Washington, D.C., where she quickly became involved in a project to deliver food to several Ukrainian districts and raise money for relief.

By July, she felt she could do more and decided to expand her legal know-how for the eventual reconstruction of her country. “It’s very important for me to obtain new experience and new skills,” Tsyliuryk said.

Her family, whom she has not seen in half a year, is still in Ukraine. “It’s very difficult and fearful for me,” she said. “I hope everything is over soon.”

In the meantime she says that lawyers with international experience will be crucial for making Ukraine safe for the investment needed to rebuild it, she said.



https://unba.org.ua/news/7601-zaproshuemo-advokativ-vzyati-uchast-u-blagodijnomu-turniri-zi-shvidkih-shahiv-na-pidtrimku-zsu.html (UKRAINIAN)



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Noted Lawyer Charged Over His Stance On Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine


The chairman of the Attorneys’ Chamber in Russia’s Udmurtia region, Dmitry Talantov, has been accused of committing five crimes and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Pervy Otdel (The First Unit), a group that unites lawyers and right defenders, wrote on Telegram on September 14 that Talantov has been charged with the distribution of fake materials inciting political hatred and discord, and two counts of inciting hatred and discord using an official position.

Talantov was arrested in the Udmurt capital, Izhevsk, and sent to pretrial detention in Moscow in late June after he criticized the Russian government and military forces over a deadly strike on a shopping mall in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.

He was initially charged with distributing false information about the Russian armed forces.

Earlier in April, Talantov, who has openly condemned Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, also harshly criticized Russia’s military for killing civilians in the Ukrainian towns and cities of Irpin, Bucha, and Mariupol.

Talantov was the lawyer for Ivan Safronov, a prominent former Russian journalist who was sentenced to 22 years in prison last week on a treason charge widely considered to be politically motivated.










https://desk-russie.eu/2022/08/17/fausse-informations.html (FRANCAIS)

European Lawyers’ Day 2022 is on 25 October


European Lawyers’ Day (ELD) 2022 takes place on 25 October, as part of the European Day of Justice.

It celebrates the common values of lawyers, and their intrinsic role in the defence and promotion of the rule of law, as well as their contribution to the justice system.

Run by the CCBE since 2014, the goal of ELD is to promote the rule of law, and the lawyer’s role in upholding legal principles for citizens.

Law in times of war

Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February, the theme selected this year is ‘Making the law prevail in times of war – the role of lawyers’.

Lawyers play an important role in the context of war by assisting people fleeing conflict and in search of haven, the CCBE says.

European Lawyers’ Day amplifies the various initiatives taken by Bars and Law Societies, as well as lawyers and law firms, in reaction to humanitarian crises resulting from conflicts.

ELD also recognises how lawyers safeguard individual human rights, and how they represent victims of war in war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Information on events to mark the day will be available on the CCBE website.

The chair of the CCBE Criminal Law Committee Ondrej Laciak has also written an article entitled ‘Lawyers upholding justice in times of war’, to mark this year’s event.



Ukraine/Canada: From Kyiv to Ottawa: Olha Chernovol finds a new academic home


At the beginning of 2022, Olha Chernovol was a practicing lawyer in Ukraine, working at both COSA LLC as a Project Coordinator, and at an NGO – Transparent Democracy – as an Executive Director. Her time was spent dealing with a variety of projects related to anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism. The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 changed her life and career plans.

While the invasion has upended the lives of countless individuals, Dr. Chernovol’s example is one of perseverance and resilience. She decided, in short order, to leave her motherland in March. Despite the tumultuous nature of her exit, she quickly made plans to continue pursuing her life’s work by taking up a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa, under the sponsorship of a leading expert in the fields of organizational criminal liability, and corporate accountability, Dr. Jennifer Quaid. The nature of Dr. Quaid’s work on anti-corruption and economic crime made this a perfect fit for Dr. Chernovol, whose experience with Transparent Democracy brings a valuable real-world perspective to Dr. Quaid’s research.

While the two researchers’ decision to work together was made easily, plans to bring Dr. Chernovol to Canada from Germany, where she was a refugee with little in the way of possessions or official documentation, would take a little longer. Fortunately, the pair was able to meet in person in Europe in the interim. Dr. Quaid, who was attending a workshop in Greece in late May organized for members of the Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholarsnorth_eastexternal link, invited Dr. Chernovol to join her. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Chernovol was able to leave for Canada. After all the hurdles and emotional upheavals of 3 months alone in Europe, Dr. Chernovol has now found a new academic home for 2022 and 2023 at uOttawa’s dynamic Faculty of Law.




https://www.midilibre.fr/2022/08/24/nadia-avocate-ukrainienne-refugiee-a-sete-chaque-matin-je-regarde-si-ma-maison-a-ete-bombardee-10501933.php (FRANCAIS)


Ukraine/Russia: Crimean lawyers associate deprivation of their status in Chechnya with persecution


The Department for Chechnya of the Ministry of Justice has succeeded in pressure on the local bar association to withdraw the status of three of its former members working in Crimea. The disqualified lawyers associated the decision with political persecution and plan to appeal against it, human rights defenders report.

The Chamber of Lawyers of Chechnya has deprived lawyers Lilya Gemedji, Rustem Kyamilev, and Nazim Sheikhmambetov of their professional status. As a result, the lawyers cannot participate in criminal cases and are not eligible to take an exam for re-acquisition of status within a year, the civil rights project “For Human Rights”* reported on its website on August 4.

The lawyers are already preparing complaints that they can send to a court and the Federal Chamber, Nazim Sheikhmambetov reports.

“It is unprecedented when three lawyers are simultaneously deprived of their status. Nothing of that kind has happened during eight years of advocacy activities, including of our colleagues in Crimea,” Nazim Sheikhmambetov noted. The lawyer associates the decision “with political persecution by the law enforcement bodies,” human rights defenders report.

*In February 2019, the Russian Ministry of Justice (MoJ) included the All-Russian public movement “For Human Rights” into the register of NCOs acting as a foreign agent. On November 1 of the same year, the movement “For Human Rights” was liquidated by the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) of Russia.






https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/fr/statement-report/crimea-ukraine-crackdown-crimean-lawyers (FRANCAIS)



In a room of his modest apartment, Roman Melnichenko, 49, has two backpacks ready, one in case he is arrested, another in case he has to escape from Russia.

“I must be ready,” says this brilliant law professor who lives in Volgograd (southwest), former Stalingrad, and has been in resistance since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

Like Melnichenko, the few Russian university professors and students who publicly criticized the conflict were punished, detained or forced into exile.

Similar processes affect primary and secondary school teachers, who, according to Melnichenko, are under more intense pressure.

“The intellectual elite can deprive the ruling elite of the basis of their power, hence this brutal reaction,” says this man with a discreet gray mustache, and acknowledges that the overwhelming majority of teachers are silent and do not seek to stimulate critical thinking.

On March 31, Roman Melnichenko was summoned by an ethics commission at Volgograd State University, where he had been working since 2016. Immediately afterward, he was detained by three policemen.

He is accused of having shared on social media, between February 24 and March 4, posts denouncing the operation in Ukraine, especially a video showing the death of a girl in a Mariupol hospital.

Previously, he was ordered by his management to suppress those posts, which he did.

state of shock

The opposition of this father of an 11-year-old daughter to the conflict was instinctive: both parents live in Nikopol, a city in southern Ukraine very close to the war front.

“I’ve been in shock for three months… it’s my parents,” he says before stopping with tears in his eyes.

On April 15, he was fired from his university for “immoral.” And he was sentenced on June 7 to a fine of 30,000 rubles (460 euros) for spreading “false information”, a sum that corresponds to his monthly salary.

Fortunately, his wife, Zoïa Melnitchenko, ensures the finances of the couple: she is a manicurist, a lucrative activity. “Russia will go under the day they ban manicurists,” says Roman Melnichenko before bursting out laughing.

This lawyer was far from politics like many Russians who see this activity as a source of problems.

In the past, two university establishments did not renew their contracts. One for having denounced a case of corruption, the other because he addressed the issue of the annexation of Crimea in a course, he said. But his dismissal for “immorality” is more serious.

Roman Melnichenko filed a lawsuit in court to annul that decision which, if confirmed, will prevent him from finding a job in Russia.


https://www.rtl.fr/actu/international/russie-un-professeur-d-universite-licencie-pour-avoir-critique-l-invasion-de-l-ukraine-7900173697 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.eldebate.com/internacional/20220614/revuelta-profesor-melnichenko-rusia-tengo-mochila-lista-cuando-me-detengan.html (ESPANOL)


https://istoe.com.br/na-russia-a-revolta-do-professor-melnichenko/ (PORTUGUES)

Russia/Ukraine: How independent lawyers are ‘silenced’ in Crimea


At the end of May, yet another wave of detentions and arrests swept through the occupied Crimea. The distinction is that all those detained and arrested this time turned out to be independent Crimean lawyers who regularly work with defendants in politically motivated cases.

This article is about the charges brought against lawyers, the course of their trials, and the consequences these prosecutions will lead to.

Guilty of being a lawyer

Of all four lawyers, only the first detainee, Edem Semedliayev, who has been dealing with dozen criminal cases against Crimean Muslims, was charged with an offense not directly related to his professional activity. On April 16, a user posted a publication criticizing Russia’s war in Ukraine on Semedliayev’s Facebook page. The security officers took a screenshot of this publication, waited for another month, and then detained Semedliayev to draw up a report under Article 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation for discrediting the Russian army. Moreover, Part 2 of the Article, which implies some serious consequences, was referred to.

The other three lawyers found themselves in the dock for a much more dubious reason. Half a year ago, Edem Semedliayev worked in one of the police departments after the mass arrests of Muslims near the Crimean Garrison Court. His activity angered greatly Ruslan Shambazov, the head of the Simferopol department of the Center for Combating Extremism, who demanded that the lawyer take off his clothes and demonstrate that there are no extremist tattoos on his body. When Semedliayev refused, a report was drawn up against him for disobeying the lawful demands of police officers and he was detained. At least three of his colleagues – Nazym Sheikhmambetov, Ayder Azamatov, and Emine Avamileva – responded to those actions. At 01:00, when they left the police station, the people who had gathered near asked them to tell them what would happen to Semedliayev and what he was accused of. Half a year later, Shambazov qualified that interview as an administrative offense committed by all three lawyers, namely participation in spontaneous gatherings of citizens that caused violations of sanitary regulations.




Ireland: Invite to Ukrainian lawyers for networking and info


The Law Society is hosting a networking and information event on Wednesday, 27 July for Ukrainian lawyers who have been displaced during the last number of months .

All members are requested to share this invite with interested parties.

The event will run from 2pm to 6pm, with Law Society President Michelle Ní Longáin opening proceedings.

Legal implications

A panel of guest speakers will address topics including:

  • Introduction to Ukraine Ireland Legal Alliance Working Group (UILA),
  • The Association of Ukrainian Lawyers,
  • How to become a lawyer in Ireland,
  • Working as a Ukrainian lawyer in the Ukrainian jurisdiction while in Ireland,
  • Diploma in Law ­– concessions for Ukrainian lawyers,
  • Law Society Professional Training – how it can help,
  • Legal implications of Russian invasion of Ukraine,
  • Potential legislative measures in response to the illegal invasion of Ukraine,
  • Mutual recognition of qualifications – the EU perspective.

In February of this year the Law Society stood in solidarity with many other bodies and nations in condemning the actions taken by Russia against Ukraine.

It has since began coordinating offers of assistance to Ukrainian lawyers who have been forced to relocate to Ireland.

To RSVP, please email by this Friday (22 July) to memberservices@lawsociety.ie




USA: University of Pittsburgh School of Law hosts Ukrainian lawyers


In late May, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law launched the Ukrainian Legal Assistance Project to serve as a resource for pro bono legal assistance from the United States and to train Ukrainian lawyers who plan to head back to the country to take the war to the courts.

This August, three Ukrainian lawyers sponsored by Pitt’s Center for International Legal Education (CILE), are planning to enroll in the international LL.M. program. These students will be assisted by global law firms, nongovernmental organizations and academic peers to provide advocacy and assistance regarding the legal issues arising from the war in Ukraine.

“There’s a web of interrelated laws, treaties and courts that will hold Russia accountable for its actions in Ukraine,” said Charles Kotuby, executive director of CILE, which houses the Ukrainian Legal Assistance Project. “The process of rebuilding Ukraine is going to be an enormous undertaking and international law has a big role to play in that process.”

The goal, Kotuby said, is to help them escape the war and become future leaders in the process.

The Ukrainian lawyers will take classes alongside J.D. students and work on pro bono projects ranging from documenting human rights violations connected to Russia’s invasion to advancing legal reforms in their home country.

Kotuby collaborated with the Ukrainian Justice Alliance — a European coalition of lawyers, law firms and non-governmental organizations that is aiding the Ukrainian government and citizens on legal matters — throughout the process.

Pittsburgh is not the only U.S. law school hosting Ukrainian lawyers next year. The University of Miami School of Law and the University of Florida Levin College of Law have created scholarships for a Ukrainian law graduate to attend their LL.M. programs.