26 July 2019

Olena Drozdova will look into issues of introducing ECHR’s caselaw within prosecution authorities

Drozdova & Partners Law Firm is delighted to share that its Director Ms Olena Drozdova has been appointed as the senior research associate at the department for the study of prosecution activities (the National Academy of Ukraine’s Prosecution) from a perspective of international law and introduction of caselaw of the European Court of Human Rights.

The Academy is a state-owned institution having a special status within the system of justice. It is responsible for the special training of candidates for prosecutor posts and the advanced training of prosecutors and operates as a part of the Prosecutor General’s Office.

In accordance with Article 131-1 of the Ukrainian Constitution, prosecution authorities are responsible for handling prosecution and representing the interests of the State in court. When hearing cases, courts are required to apply the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the ECHR’s caselaw as a source of law.

‘The situation regarding respect for human rights in Ukraine, including the government’s securing of guarantees set out in Article 6 (the right to a fair trial) of the Convention, heavily depends on how all participants in the process perceive the criteria of fairness, which have been developed by the long-standing caselaw of the European Court,’ Ms Drozdova has pointed out. ‘That is why we are of the opinion that our research into the issues of implementing the ECHR’s caselaw within the prosecution authorities will contribute to the development of the Ukrainian system of justice.’

Please be reminded that Olena Drozdova is one of the founders and experts of the ECHR information resource ‘Ukrainian Aspect’, which consistently translates and analyses press-releases and judgments of the ECHR and summarises its caselaw according to separate articles of the Convention.