On November 18-19, 2016, the Sixth International Conference “Parliamentary Readings” took place at the House of Official Receptions (Kyiv, 22, Hrushevskoho Str.).
The Conference was organized by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives in partnership with the Faculty of Legal Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Social Technologies of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” and the Department of Parliamentarism and Political Management of the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine.
Welcome speeches were delivered by Ihor Kohut, Director of the USAID RADA Program, Oleksandr Zaslavskyi, Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, Denys Azarov, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Vasyl Kuibida, President of the National Academy of Public Management under the President of Ukraine.
Serhiy Holovatyi, founder and President of the Ukrainian Legal Foundation, Minister of Justice of Ukraine (1995-1997, 2005-2006), made a presentation entitled “20 Years of the Constitution: Assessment and Retrospective”.
On November 18, thematic sections covered the following issues:
• Parliamentary Reforms (Parliament at the Crossroads)
• Parliamentary Ethics: The Path toward Legitimation
The first section was moderated by Oleksandr Zaslavskyi, Deputy Chairman of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, while its keynote speaker was Denys Yakovlev, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology, National University “Odessa Law Academy”.
The section devoted to parliamentary ethics was moderated by Svitlana Matviienko, Chairwoman of the Agency for Legislative Initiatives; keynote speakers were Ihor Kohut, Director of the USAID RADA Program and Yuliia Tyshchenko, Head of Civil Society Development Programs at the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research.
On November 19, speakers focused on the prospects of development of Ukrainian parliamentarism and parliamentary activity in the context of the enforcement of democratic principles.
Sections were moderated by Olena Ivashchenko, Doctor of Law, Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National Universiy of Kyiv, and Oksana Shcherbaniuk, Chair of Department, Doctor of Law, Associate Professor of Yurii Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University.
Vsevolod Rechytskyi, PhD, Associate Professor of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law Academy of Ukraine, discussed the topic “Can Ukraine Have an Official Constitutional Doctrine?”.
Parliamentary Readings 2016 came to a close by announcing the winners of the essay contest dedicated to the memory of Professor of Political Science Yuriy Shveda.
The conference is part of the project implemented by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives with the support of USAID RADA Program: Responsible, Accountable, Democratic Assembly. The RADA program, implemented by the East Europe Foundation, promotes the formation of a responsible, accountable and democratic representative body.