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Serhiy HOLOVATY


CURRENT POSITION:

  • Founder, Ukrainian Legal Foundation
  • Director of the Rule of Law Centre, Ukrainian Legal Foundation
  • Adviser to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on constitutional issues
  • Member of the Constitutional Commission  
  • Substitute-member of the Venice Commission

 

OFFICES HELD:

  • Member of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine since 1990 (re-elected in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2007) till 2012). Chairman of the Constitutional Law Sub-Committee of the Legal Affairs Committee and of the Sub-Committee on the implementation of international standards and on parliamentary control for the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary (2008-2012)
  • Minister of Justice of Ukraine (from  Sept. 1995 to Aug. 1997, and from Oct. 2005 to Aug. 2006)

 

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D. in Public International Law, Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv (1980)
  • Ph.D. in Constitutional Law, Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv (2009)

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS:

  • International Law Lecturer at the Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv (1980-1988);
  • Constitutional Law Lecturer at the Taras Shevchenko National University; Kyiv (2011-2013);
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Law School of Yale University, USA (1 Sept 2002 - 31June 2003);
  • Resident Scholar at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public and International Law ( 1 July - 31Dec 2001), Heidelberg, Germany;
  • Resident Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (1 November 2013 – 1 April 2014), Freiburg, Germany.

 

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC POSITIONS:

  • Member of PACE (1998-2012) and Vice-President of PACE (Oct 2006 – Jan 2008);
  • Chairman of PACE committees: Monitoring Committee (Jan 2008 – Jan 2010); Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (Jan 2005-Jan 2006); Committee on Rules of Procedure and Immunities (Jan 2002-Jan 2005); vice-Chairman of PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (Jan 2010-Jan 2012); Awarded with pro merito medal of PACE (2013);
  • Member of the Venice Commission (1995 – 2000 and February  2005 - 2009);
  • Vice–President of the Venice Commission (1997-2000);
  • Representative of PACE in the Venice Commission (Jan 2010-Jan 2013); Awarded with pro merito medal of the Venice Commission (2010);
  • Substitute-member of the Venice Commission (since 2 February 2016);
  • Member of the Constitutional Commission (since 2015 – to present);
  • Adviser to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on constitutional issues (since 2015 – to present);
  • Head of the Ukraine’s Delegation for legal consultations in the ‘Normandy format’ on implementation of the Minsk agreements (Berlin, August 20, 2015);
  • Member of the International Association of Constitutional Law (since 2008);
  • Chairman of the National Commission on Strengthening Democracy and the Rule of Law (Advisory body to the President of Ukraine) (2005 – 2007 and 2010 -2015);
  • Founder of the Ukrainian Legal Foundation (since 2012);
  • President of the Ukrainian Legal Foundation (1992-2012);
  • Member of the World Bank External Advisory Board on Governance and Anticorruption in the Europe and Central Asia Region (2000 – 2004);
  • Board Member of the Ukrainian Association of International Law (since 1999);
  • Member of the Council on National Security and Defence of Ukraine (1996 – 1997; Jan. – Sept. 2006);
  • President of the World Congress of Ukrainian Lawyers (1992 – 1994);
  • President of the Association of Ukrainian Lawyers (1990 – 1995).

 

PRINCIPAL PUBLICATIONS:

  • Author  of the tree-volume book: Rule of Law (Kyiv, 2006. – lxiv; 1747 p.);
  • Author of a number of articles, including:
    • The Triad of the European Values  - the rule of Law, democracy and human rightsas the foundation of the Ukrainian constitutional order (2011);
    • The Rule of Law as it is interpreted by the Venice Commission (2011);
    • The Rule of Law: the lost right ways in the Ukrainian doctrine (2010);
    • Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: peculiarities of national execution (with the Melnychenko v. Ukraine judgment taken as an example) (2005);
    • Ukraine in transition: from newly emerged democracy towards autocracy? (2000);
    • Abolition of the death penalty in Ukraine – difficulties real or imagined? (1999);
    • New Possibilities for the Protection of Human Rights in Ukraine (1999);
    • Freedom of Conscience in Ukraine and Violation of Human Rights (1992);
       
  • Editor in Chief of :
    • The Constitution of Independent Ukraine (three-volume series, 1995-2008);
    • Opening of the Legal Year in Ukraine (1995);
    • International Symposium on the Constitution of Independent Ukraine (1992)

 

Updated: 10 February 2016

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