On June 14th-15th, 2016, the Ukrainian Catholic University hosted an international training seminar entitled “International Humanitarian Law and Urban Warfare Challenges: Experiences and Lessons for Ukraine.” The event was organized as a collaboration between the Lviv Centre of International Law and Human Rights, the Rule of Law Center at the UCU, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The seminar was attended by about 30 participants from Ukraine, Canada, Italy, UK and other countries, hailing from various backgrounds in academia, international and non-governmental organizations, and legal fields.
Well-acclaimed Ukrainian international law lawyer and one of the top legal minds in international humanitarian law, Prof. Vasyl Repetskyy, opened the seminar by noting the importance of hosting such events and the need for further discussion regarding the topics between the academic community and practitioners in the field, including representatives of the armed forces.
The legal adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross in Kyiv, Jan Romer, also stressed the relevance of the seminar’s topic, particularly considering the current events in Donbass. The Director of the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights, Volodymyr Lysyk, expressed his gratitude to all the participants and experts for their participation in the two-day seminar.
The first day of the seminar featured two lectures by the well-respected European expert, Prof. Elizabeth Mikos-Skuza (Warsaw University, Poland), which focused on how to distinction between military and civilian targets in urban centers during warfare and sieges. Representatives of ICRC, Jan Romer and Christina Nechayeva, also presented on the practical application of international humanitarian law during urban warfare. Finally, representing the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Justice Colonel Josyp Matlay described the experiences of the armed forces in applying the legal requirements while being engaged with hostile opposition in Donbas.
A practical workshop for participants was held on the second day of the seminar. Participants worked in groups to discuss the problems arising from the legal regulation of certain aspects of warfare in populated areas and presented some potential solutions to these challenges. A follow-up discussion on all the potential solutions actively engaged all participants. The second day also featured a panel discussion about the most effective methods of disseminating information regarding the legal regulation of the hostile conduct in Ukraine and the important role of academia in such an initiative. The panel was led by Jan Romer, Prof. E. Mikos-Skuza, as well as, Ukrainian experts Oksana Senatorova (Kharkiv), Anton Korynevych (Kyiv), Dmitry Koval (Odesa), and Taras Tsymbrivskyy (Lviv).
This workshop was the biggest event to be held by the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights so far. Closing the event, co-founder and board member of the ILHR, Ivan Horodyskyy, noted that there are plans to hold similar events on a regular basis and preparations for the next event have already begun.
The experts of the Centre took part in the development of the textbook “Media, conflict and the protection of personal data”
The issue of legal regulation of personal data protection is one of priority areas of the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights. Previous year the team of the Centre took part in the successful realisation of a number of projects in this sphere. This year the member of the Board Ivan Horodyskyy and the leading expert of the Centre Marta Levytska took part in the development of the training course and manual “Media, conflict and the protection of personal data”, devoted to the peculiarities of personal data protection in media activities while covering conflicts. Another co-author is the lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights, the Representative of the Commissioner for protection of personal data (2013-2015) Markiyan Bem.
The manual deals with legal regulation of personal data processing in media activities while covering conflicts, their dissemination in publications and the right to privacy and its correlation with the freedom of expression in publications containing personal data. Particular attention is paid to the facts of dissemination of personal data in the media coverage of conflicts in eastern Ukraine and Crimea in 2014-2016.
The experts of the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights developed the training course and textbook within the framework of the joint project of the Rule of Law Centre of the Ukrainian Catholic University and the School of Journalism of the UCU with the support of the NGO “Media Forum” and the educational and analytical portal MediaLab.Online. The project is supported by the British Embassy in Ukraine.
You can download texbook HERE
In the near future the Centre and its experts are planning to continue working on projects on the freedom of expression and its correlation with the right to privacy in media activities.
International Seminar “International Humanitarian Law and Urban Warfare Challenges: Experience and Lessons for Ukraine”
The seminar is devoted to topical issues of international humanitarian law related to urban warfare and protecting civilians in armed conflict. It consists of keynote lectures by top specialist as well as of group work during which participants will solve some cases related to urban warfare with experts. In addition, discussion of the recent events in eastern Ukraine in the context of international legal standards regulating the conduct of urban warfare and the role of scholars in spreading knowledge and enhancing standards regulating the conduct of urban warfare in Ukraine will be held.
The well-known Polish and European expert in international humanitarian law, professor of the University of Warsaw Dr. Elżbieta Mikos-Skuza, legal advisor at International Committee of the Red Cross Jan Romer, representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be the main experts of the seminar.
The target audiences are the experts in international humanitarian law, representatives of the legal society, scientists and lecturers, interested in the issues of international humanitarian law.
The event will take place in English and Ukrainian, translation from English will not be carried out.
If you are interested in participating in this event, please register on this page below and send your CV and motivation letter (not more than one page in Ukrainian English) to firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN 28TH MAY 2016.
Organizers will reimburse 2nd class tickets of the Inter-city trains or 1st class tickets of the night trains (coupet). You can only get reimbursement for costs of which you can prove the amounts with original tickets and receipts. In addition, organizers will be pleased to help you in finding accommodation.
For additional information regarding this event, please contact: email@example.com.
Raising awareness among owners, managers and subjects of personal data on the legal provisions governing handling, storage and protection of personal data was one of the key directions of the project “Improvement of the situation in the sphere of personal data protection and the development of information society in Western Ukraine through the application of European standards in the process of personal data protection in the areas of public and private law”.
For this purpose, experts of the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights have developed information booklets, which systematized the key provisions on processing, storage and protection of personal data in Ukraine. Two booklets were developed and published: one dedicated to the rights and obligations of owners and managers of personal data, the other to the rights of subjects of personal data.
The booklets provide information on current legislation and practical nuances of processing, storage and protection of personal data. Owner, managers and subjects of personal data can find the answers to questions that they may encounter in their daily work in these information booklets. The experts of the Centre Martha Levytska and Ivan Horodyskyy and the head of the Department for personal data protection of the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Shevchuk and the deputy head of the Department Olena Bila participated in the development of booklets.
To get acquainted with booklets, you can download it HERE
The results of the monitoring of Lviv Regional State Administration activities related to personal data protection
Within the project “Improvement of the situation in the sphere of personal data protection and the development of information society in Western Ukraine through the application of European standards in the process of personal data protection in the areas of public and private law” in July-December 2015 experts of the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights conducted monitoring of Lviv Regional State Administration (hereinafter – LRSA) activities related to personal data protection.
On July 23, 2015 during a meeting between the administrations of LRSA and the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights and the Centre experts, agreement for carrying out and facilitating the conducting of this project in Lviv region was reached. In August, during a board meeting, experts of the Centre presented the project of monitoring, its objectives and tasks to the heads of structural units and from September 1 practical phase of monitoring started.
During the monitoring experts of the Centre communicated with the heads of departments of LRSA and employees whose work involves processing, storage and protection of personal data, analyzed legitimate grounds for processing personal data as well as job descriptions, regulations and other official documents regulating procedures for processing of personal data. It should be noted that LRSA and its representatives contributed to the project completely and comprehensively.
On December 18, 2015 a workshop for almost 40 employees conducted by the experts of the project Martha Levytska and Markiyan Bem was held in LRSA. In addition, project experts prepared an analytical report on the results of monitoring. It is worth noting that the conclusions and recommendations presented in this report will be distributed and should be a pilot for other regional state administrations of Ukraine.
To get acquainted with this report, you can download it HERE:
18 грудня у Львівській обласній державній адміністрації було проведено тренінг зі захисту персональних даних для працівників структурних підрозділів ЛОДА, які здійснюють відповідну роботу. Захід проходив у рамках реалізації проекту «Покращення ситуації в сфері захисту персональних даних та розвиток інформаційного суспільства в Україні шляхом впровадження європейських стандартів у процес захисту персональних даних у публічно-правовій та приватно-правовій сферах». Проект проводився в рамках Спільного проекту Європейського Союзу та Ради Європи «Зміцнення інформаційного суспільства в Україні» за співпраці з Управлінням з питань захисту персональних даних Секретаріату Уповноваженого Верховної Ради з прав людини та Львівською обласною державною адміністрацією.
Відкриваючи тренінг, керівник Програми «Зміцнення інформаційного суспільства в Україні» Роман Шлапак наголосив на актуальності проблеми захисту персональних даних у контексті діяльності органів виконавчої влади, оскільки саме від їх діяльності залежить належне дотримання законодавства про захист та обробку персональних даних багатьох категорій громадян України. Керівник апарату ЛОДА Маріанна Вільшанська відзначила практичні потреби в проекті і подякувала за можливість для ЛОДА стати пілотною ОДА в Україні для проведення такого дослідження. Нарешті, керівник проекту Іван Городиський подякував Програмі за підтримку, а керівництву ЛОДА – за відкритість і сприяння у проведенні проекту.
В ході тренінгу учасники дізналися про особливості обробки та захисту персональних даних у діяльності облдержадміністрацій, а також основні вимоги, які пред’являються до ОДА як до володільця та розпорядника персональних даних. Велику увагу експерти проекту Марта Левицька та Маркіян Бем зосередили саме на практичних викликах, пов’язаних із обробкою та захистом персональних даних у діяльності органів виконавчої влади.
Учасники тренінгу виявляли значне зацікавлення в ньому та обмінювалися контактами з організаторами для майбутньої комунікації з питань захисту персональних даних. Після завершення тренінгу усі учасники отримали сертифікати.
Тренінг став завершальним заходом у рамках моніторингу стану захисту персональних даних в діяльності Львівської ОДА. За підсумками моніторингу підготовлено і найближчим часом буде опубліковано звіт, у якому міститимуться відповідні оцінки, висновки та рекомендації. Підготовлені висновки і рекомендації є модельними та можуть бути врахованими також і в діяльності інших обласних державних адміністрацій України. Саме тому звіт буде розіслано й іншим ОДА України.
On October, 15-16, 2015 in Lviv had taken place an International conference “Civilians In Contemporary Armed Conflicts. Rafał Lemkin’s Heritage. After the International Conference “Eastern European Cataclysms and formation of the contemporary international law” (August, 26-29, 2015) this conference had become the second big international legal event held in Lviv this year.
While opening of the conference Prof. Amb. Markiyan Malskyi stressed the need of the implementation of world experience for the creation of the common approaches towards the decision of situation which currently takes a place in Ukraine. Head of the Lviv Regional Council Petro Kolodiy welcomed the participants and Lvov and also had noted that this conference is especially significant in a contemporary complicated times. In turn, Prof. Amb. Adam Rotfeld especialyy outlined the role of Rafał Lemkin and the meaning of his scientific heritage for the development of international law in XX century.
During the conference were discussed main challenges which today are faced by the international law in the sphere of the protection of civilians during the armed conflicts. Also, great attention was paid to Rafał Lemkin – an outstanding graduate of the Lviv University, one of the most outstanding lawyers of XX century and author of the term and conception of “genocide”.
Among the participants of the event became Prof. Amb. Adam Rotfeld – ex-Minister of Foreugn Affairs of Poland, Prof. Amb. Markiyan Malskyi – the Head of the International Relations Department of Lviv University, Philippe Sands – Professor of the University College of London, Edward Haliżak – Director of the International Relations Institute of the Warsaw University, Cornelius Ochmann – Head of the Foundation of the Polish-German Cooperation, Mykola Gnatovskyi – Head of the European Committee for Prevention of Torturesm prof. Oleksandr Zadorozhnyi – Head of the Ukrainian Association of International Law, Zhanna Lukyanenko – The Representative of the Ukrainian Ombudsperson, Ivan Horodyskyy – Director of the Rule of Law Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University, As.Prof. Volodymyr Lysyk – Head of the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights. Also the participants were many other lawyers and international specialists from Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Israel, Armenia etc.
The participants agreed on the importance of the conduction of such conferences and need to conduct such the events in the future. Particularly, the next year is planned to conduct an International Conference devoted to the memory of the outstanding professor of Lviv University Ludwik Ehrlich.
Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights will become a partner of the Interational conference “Civilians In Contemporary Armed Conflicts. Rafał Lemkin’s Heritage”. The Conference will be held at the University of Lviv on 15th-16th October 2015. Within the conference will be considered key aspects devoted to the protection of the civilians during the contemporary international and internal armed conflicts including the position of Rafał Lemkin on this subject.
The participants of the conference will become a leading lawyers and international researchers from Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the UK, Armenia, Israel etc. The participation of the Head of Ukrainian Association of International Law Prof. Oleksandr Zadorozhnyi, Head of the Committee against Tortures of the Council of Europe Prof. Mykola Gnatovsky and Prof. of the University College of London Philippe Sands.
Conference is convened by The Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation together with the Institute of International Relations of the Warsaw University and Faculty of International Relations of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. Partners of the conference had become Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights, Center for International Security and Partnership (Lviv), Council of Young Scholars of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and NGO “Young Diplomacy Center” (Lviv).
Interanational scientific conference “East European Cataclysms and the Making of Modern International Law”
On August 26-29, in Lviv was conducted an Interanational scientific conference “East European Cataclysms and the Making of Modern International Law”. Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights was one of the partners of this conference, jointly convened by the Leipzig Centet of History and Culture of Central and Eastern Europe in cooperation with the Rule of Law Center of the Ukrainian Catholic University, the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Österreichischer Austauschdienst, Kooperationsbüro Lemberg with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany. Main convenors of the conference were Prof.Dr. Stefan Troebst from Leipzig and Oksana Holovko-Havrysheva from Lviv.
During the conference the experts had discusses contemporary challenges of the modern international law, the challenges faced by the international society today and history of the development of the global legal system. Main aim of the conference is to demonstrate the role of the Central and Eastern European natives in the development of international law.
Conference was opened on August, 26, by the lecture of the well-known American historian, professor of Stanford University Norman Naimark, on “World History of Genocide”, in which he gave a a detailed description of the evolution of this phenomenon and the public attitude to it on the different historical -stages. On the next day, there were conducted 4 plenary sessions, devoted to such topics as “Lviv – Lemberg – Lwów: The “Mecca” of Modern International Law”, “History of International Law and International Law in History”, “Institutions and Organizations: The League of Nations”, “National Traditions of International Law”. Among the rapporteurs were the representatives of Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Switzerland and Israel. Its own report on “Unknown Genocide: Rafał Lemkin’s conceptions of non-physical genocide, their historical background and influence on contemporary international law” had delivered Member of the Governing Board of the Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights Ivan Horodyskyy. Also the reports were delivered by such Ukrainian lawyers as Oksana Senatorova, Volodymyr Honcharov, Ihor Zeman, Olha Butkevych and Dmytro Koval.
On August, 28th were held a Round-table discussion on “Warfare and Lawfare. A Roundtable Discussion” the keynote speaker of which was known Estonian international lawyer Lauri Mälksoo. During the round-table the questions of abuse of law and defamation of law as the essential elements of modern armed conflicts, i.e. conflict in the Eastern Ukraine. The discussants were international lawyers Cindy Daase (Konstanz), Oksana Holovko-Havrysheva (Lviv), Oleksandr Merezhko (Kiev), Volodymyr Motyl (Lviv). After the lunch participants had an excursion to the motherland of Hersch Lauterpacht – renaissance town Zhovkva near Lviv.
On August, 29, 2015 at the Ukrainian Catholic University was held a workshop “International law and its history in Ukrainian lands”. In frames of the event were delivered a reports of Ukrainian and foreign lawyers devoted to the history of international law and Ukraine. In particular, the participants had an opportunity to learn about the development of the international law in Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkov, Odessa and about the outsdanding inmates of these scientific centers, such as Raphael Lemkin, Hersch Lauterpacht, Jan Karski, Gustav Rozhkowski, Ludwik Ehrlich, Petr Kazanskyi, Tykhon Stepanov, Vasyl Nezabytovskyi, Otto Eichelman, Juliusz Makariewicz, Kazimierz Stazynski and many others. Besides their life and heritage, the special attention was paid to the impact of their scientific heritage on the modern international law. The keynote speaker of the workshop had become one of the best Ukrainian specialists on history of international law, Senior Research Fellow of the Volodymyr Koretskyi Institute of State and Law Kostiantyn Savchuk. Among the speakers also were Volodymyr Lysyk, Vitaliy Gutnyk, Andriy Hankevych (Lviv), Olesya Tragniuk, Tetyana Anakina (Kharkiv), Natakiya Hendel (Odesa), Adam Redzik (Poland). In the workshop participated famous historians Stefan Troebst (Germany) and Norman Naimark (USA), and also well-known international lawyers Lauri Mälksoo (Estonia), Olha Butkevych and Oleksandr Merezhko (Ukraine).
The conference had become a significant event in the life of international legal community of Lviv, Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe. In the nearest time are scheduled other great international legal events, the partner of which will become Lviv Centre for International Law and Human Rights. About the time and venue we will inform you soon.