What should a course on issues of the rule of law be like with practicing lawyers as students? The Law School of the Ukrainian Catholic University developed methodological recommendations, based on the results of the UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series.
The UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series has been conducted for three years now by the Rule of Law Center of the UCU Law School with the support of the USAID New Justice Project. In this time, 30 open lectures were held in Lviv, Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa.
“More than 1 700 people attended throughout the implementation of the project of open lectures by Ukrainian and foreign specialists. We also noted that the lectures are useful for teachers at institutions of higher education in Ukraine as instructional lectures for students who are practicing lawyers as part of their courses. This demonstrates that there is a demand for instruction on questions of the rule of law at law schools in Ukraine,” stated Iryna Sharovska, coordinator of the UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series.
Based on the results of the lecture series, and also taking into account the best practices for teaching similar disciplines abroad and in Ukraine, the team at the UCU Law School with the support of the USAID New Justice Project developed recommendations regarding methods and content for teaching on these issues at law schools in Ukraine.
“The course is intended for 3rd- and 4th-year students who are practicing lawyers and interested in studying questions of the rule of law. It is important that it foresees an innovative, mixed form of instruction: in addition to online resources available to students for independent use, there is also classroom work built around a lecture series and discussion of corresponding cases in modern Ukrainian and world legal and political practice under the direction of a teacher-facilitator,” explained Iryna Sharovska.
You can learn about the results of the project and the methodological recommendations HERE
Also, the website of the UCU Law School has video recordings and lecture materials for the UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series.
The UCU Rule of Law Lecture Series is presented by leading American, European, and Ukrainian lawyers, dedicated to current challenges and problems in the area of the rule of law and justice. The project increases the awareness of the legal community of Ukraine regarding today’s challenges to the rule of law by organizing and conducting a series of law lectures of the Ukrainian Catholic University. It is conducted by the Rule of Law Center of the UCU Law School and the support of the people of the USA through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the USAID New Justice Project in cooperation with the Association of Lawyers of Ukraine in Lviv Region. The project’s information partner is the informational portal Tvoye Misto.