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Oleksandra Vytiaganets

Course: LLM in International Human Rights

University: University of Liverpool

Nationality: Ukraine

Current place of residence: Liverpool, England

Scholarship Year: 2015-2016

Oleksandra practised law in commercial sector working in litigation and international arbitration. She also worked as a legal assistant for MP (Alyona Babak) at the Ukrainian Parliament where she worked on drafting amendments to legal acts and developing new legislation.  In Ukraine, she was actively engaged in various NGOs’ initiatives, including observational court monitoring for the Implementation of the Criminal Procedure Code (a joint project of DOJ, CoE, UNDP, Institute for Applied Humanitarian Research and the Ombudsman office).

She was a winner and finalist of numerous law student competitions such as All-Ukrainian Student's Olympiad in Jurisprudence and DLA Piper All-Ukraine Competition for Law Students, and a recipient of prestigious awards for academic success.

Being funded by the Hodgson Law Scholarship, Oleksandra studied International law at the University of Liverpool, where she was also a member of the Liverpool Legal Society and the Bar Society. She graduated from Liverpool University with First Class Honours LLM degree. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws (General) degree with distinction, and Master of Laws degree with distinction having graduated from the Yaroslav the Wise National Law University of Ukraine.

Currently, Oleksandra is doing a PhD in Law course at Birmingham City University where she is also a recipient of prestigious STEAM Scholarship. Her PhD research examines the intersection between the private rights of multinational investors – as enshrined in investment chapter and treaties – and the obligation and right of sovereign nations to act in the public interest in regulating public health. She is also working on a separate project devoted to international investment obligations and existing mechanisms of investment protection in Ukraine, and looking forward to helping Ukrainian government with her expertise in international law.

“I want to thank all the trustees for changing my life, which I am certain, will affect many other things on a bigger scale”.