Speaking on Ukraine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently noted that “It serves no purpose for Ukraine to fight for its body in Donbas if it loses its soul to corruption.” Is corruption in Ukraine so widespread, endemic and incurable that it endangers the existence of the nation? Or, was the death of more than 100 individuals during the 2014 Revolution of Dignity a catalyst for the country to learn important lessons and undertake major steps towards reversing the stranglehold corruption holds on Ukraine? This presentation will discuss the major drivers of corruption in Ukraine and other post-Soviet nations, anti-corruption efforts in the past three years in Ukraine, the role of civil society in the anticorruption process, and the main obstacles that anticorruption reforms currently face in Ukraine.
Аndriy Meleshevych is the President of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, a leading institution of higher education in Ukraine, and a Professor of Law and Politics. He received a Master’s in Law from Kyiv University and holds a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He was awarded a visiting fellowship at Stanford University in 2010, and has also served as a visiting professor at Groningen University (Netherlands), Heidelberg University (Germany), Dusseldorf University (Germany), Syracuse University (United States), and Yerevan University (Armenia). He is widely published in the fields of institution-building in the post-Soviet transitional countries, political consequences of electoral laws and executive-legislative arrangements, political parties, comparative constitutionalism, European human rights law, and philosophy of law. Professor Meleshevych is a member of the Ukrainian Constitutional Commission and the National Council of Ukraine on Anticorruption Policy.