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Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group

The Rule of Law and Human Rights Statecraft Solutions for Ukraine

“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us”
Sir Winston Churchill

About us

We are a team of analysts and lawyers. We monitor political and legal landscape national and international, we analyse how it affects the state of play in Ukraine vis-à-vis other states through the prism of the rule of law and we litigate human rights cases. Our mission is to help our nation grow by facilitating exchange flow of world’s human rights knowledge and experience and their injection into our nation’s DNA and helping to foster respect for the rule of law.


Having knowledge and expertise of the both worlds, ULAG can be instrumental to all individuals, organisations and foreign and national government agencies interested in Ukrainian legal affairs in providing advice, legal opinions and situation analysis pertinent to the rule of law and human rights developments in Ukraine and their strategic importance in and out of the country. In addition, we take on legal cases of potential strategic value and with the help of highly esteemed and valued partners litigate them at all levels.

We operate under a strict “zero tolerance” policy for poor quality and dishonesty in any aspect of our work but instead we hold confidentiality and integrity in the highest regard.

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Analytical work

For years now Ukraine has been one of many Russia’s hybrid war battle grounds. Although, not Russia regime’s ultimate target, Ukraine, as a current and one of the most active battle grounds feels all the adverse effects and one of the gravest ones is the nation’s destabilization which could ultimately result in complete dilapidation and immense human suffering. It is obvious Ukraine, weakened from within by the Soviet heritage of well-preserved corruption, disrespect for the rule of law and disregard for human rights, is incapable of enduring Russian regime’s onslaught on its own and while it is true that it needs all the assistance and support it can get from its powerful international partners provided to it in good faith, it is on Ukraine’s Government to use it wisely and to ensure that the assistance so generously provided, once accepted, is valued and, therefore, used to build nation’s inner strength by fostering and protecting democratic values, adhering to the rule of law and nurturing human rights.

ULAG evaluates Ukraine’s efforts to do the above by monitoring and analysing domestic and relevant international legal landscape: legislative, investigative and adjudicative efforts to deal with the consequences of the armed conflict effectively and whether they are in line with international standards, especially as far as International Humanitarian Law and/or International Human Rights Law is concerned. We prepare situation analysis and legal opinions for all interested parties. However, we do reserve the right to refuse to respond should we consider that the request has been made in bad faith.

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Legal work

It is no secret that Ukraine lags a few decades behind the developed nations when it comes to respecting the law and adhering to the international human rights standards. Currently, Ukraine is attempting to remerge as a free and developed nation under very dire circumstances and eventually be on par with any other European state. Such was a conscious choice of its people made loud and clear during the Revolution of Dignity, the one that Russian regime has been grappling with ever since. Therefore, the importance of the rule of law with the special role designated to the human rights for Ukraine should not be underestimated as without this foundation no truly developed and free nation can ever emerge.

To this end ULAG lawyers use diverse legal mechanisms, depending on the threat and the end result that needs to be achieved: The European Convention on Human Rights, Rome Statute, Universal Jurisdiction, UN Bodies. But most of all we are interested in strengthening domestic legal system, making it effective, powerful, independent and self-sufficient. That is why we put our best efforts into fostering solid working relationship with domestic investigating authorities advising them on international legal standards; facilitating both thematic trainings and consultations with field experts; and jointly working on cases. We litigate cases that are strategically important, originate from Ukraine and have a strong potential to positively influence legal landscape, set and implement new standards into domestic and international legal order. Depending on the circumstances, we engage other foreign domestic as well as international legal institutions.

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Our team

Nadia Volkova
Nadia Volkova

Relying on diverse international education and work experience focuses on complex legal analysis comprising both domestic and international elements and international litigation of human rights cases.

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Alina Pavliuk
Alina Pavliuk

With primary focus on domestic processes, monitors and cooperates with prosecution on national investigations in respect of war crimes, monitors legislative developments, drafts amendments and analyses decisions on domestic courts. Litigates cases both domestically and internationally.

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Vitaliy Khekalo
Vitaliy Khekalo

Fully equipped to represent victims of the human rights violations at the ECtHR, particularly were violations of Articles 2,3,4, 5 and 13 of the ECHR are concerned.

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Ievgenia Kapalkina
Ievgenia Kapalkina

With background in company law transitioned into international human rights and humanitarian law and now litigates at both domestic and international levels.

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Office No 8, 4B Verkhniy Val, 04071 Kyiv, Ukraine