The White Paper was jointly developed on a pro-bono basis under the auspices of Legal Committee of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC). After 18 months of work, the USUBC Legal Commmittee continue to stand by their mission: Ukraine’s current post-Soviet oligarchic and kleptocratic system needs to be entirely dismantled and replaced by a brand new, modern, fair, civilized and service-based legal and governance system.
This mission requires a systematic and strategic approach, which the Legal Committee continues to promote in the second edition of the White Paper – they have analyzed the achievements and failures of the new Verkhovna Rada and the new Government, and have shared their advice on the course of reforms for 21 sectors of the legal and governance system. The Legal Committee is pleased that some of the recommendations, especially in the area of judicial reform, are currently being considered.
The second edition of the White Paper is enhanced by contributions from the distinguished Commentators: Dr. Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director and Head of Legal, Energy Community (Vienna, Austria); Kyiv School of Economics (KSE); Prof. Alan Riley (London, UK); Dr. Bohdan Vitvitsky, Former Federal Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice, New Jersey, USA and former Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and VoxUkraine.
The White Paper was presented at the second conference on Legal and Governance Reform held on Friday, 30 October 2015 at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) jointly sponsored by the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE) and the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC). Approximately 100 representatives of the legal, business and diplomatic community, civic society, academia, the Government, the National Bank and the Presidential Administration of Ukraine gathered to discuss the proposed reforms.
The conference highlights included keynote speeches from the U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, who delivered a major speech on reforms and anticorruption, and from Dr. Bohdan Vitvitsky, who outlined a plan of action for building the new Anticorruption System in Ukraine. The conference received broad media coverage and resulted in several other new reform projects to be carried out by the USUBC Legal Committee. The Program of the conference is available at USUBC website.
The conference can be watched at:
Edited by: Adam Mycyk, Irina Paliashvili, Peter Teluk and Ksenia Zabrodska
Introduction by: Irina Paliashvili
Co-Authors: Arzinger, Asters, Avellum Partners, Baker & McKenzie, CMS Cameron McKenna, Dentons, DLA Piper Ukraine, Juscutum, LCF Law Group, RULG – Ukrainian Legal Group, Sayenko Kharenko, Squire Patton Boggs, Syutkin and Partners
Commentators: Dr. Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director and Head of Legal, Energy Community (Vienna, Austria); Kyiv School of Economics (KSE); Prof. Alan Riley (London, UK); Dr. Bohdan Vitvitsky, Former Federal Prosecutor, U.S. Department of Justice (New Jersey, USA), former Resident Legal Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine; VoxUkraine.
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