Lecture by Serhiy Holovatyi “Culture of Lawfulness: Rule of Law”

On September 27, 2017, at 14.00, MediaHub (4/6, Suvorov Street) hosted Serhiy Holovatyi’s public lecture “Culture of Lawfulness: Rule of Law”.

Speaker: Serhiy Holovatyi, founder and President of the Ukrainian Legal Foundation, Minister of Justice of Ukraine (1995-1997, 2005-2006), Honorary Partner of the PACE. His scholarly interests include international public law, theory of law, constitutional law, and human rights. He has published over 200 scholarly works, the main of them being the monograph (in three books) The Rule of Law (2006).

The event was attended by over 30 people: students and postgraduate students from Kyiv universities (the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv), instructors of the National Academy of Internal Affairs, graduates of the Internship Program in the Verkhovna Rada, MPs’ aids, and representatives of NGOs.

The rule of law serves as a litmus paper that demonstrates whether a society has the standard without which genuine democracy and human rights are unattainable. Assessing the actions of the state (its bodies and officials) in relation to a person based on such formulas as “in a society which has undertaken an obligation to adhere to the rule of law”, “in a state that recognizes the rule of law”, “in a state governed by the rule of law”, etc., courts clearly indicate that this or that action of the state is incompatible with the rule of law principle.

Due to the fact that the principles of true democracy, human rights and the rule of law as “fundamental European ideals” belong to the values that make up the common heritage of European peoples, the actualization of the issues of the rule of law is important in the light of Ukraine’s Eurointegration aspirations.

What is the “rule of law” and what are the values behind this principle? Why the translation of the “rule of law” principle as “верховенство права” is wrong? Why should we prefer the term “правовладдя” and what senses and connotations does it involve? What are the milestones of the idea of the rule of law? What is a measure of the rule of law? What is the difference between soft law and hard law? What is justice? What are the natural rights and how are they secured? Why does everyone need to study philosophy? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Constitution of Ukraine? These and other questions were discussed during the lecture.

The event was organized by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives together with the Internews Ukraine and the Interns’ League, supported by the USAID Rada Program: Responsible Accountable Democratic Assembly, implemented by the East Europe Foundation.

Media gallery of the event

Photographer: Oleksandr Kovalenko