The finale of the National stage of the UP Contest took place in Kryvyi Rih. Three legal clinics which essays gained the highest scored became winners and were awarded with the opportunity to participate in the International Student Internship in Poland.
11 February 2020 the presentation of the National Contest of legal essays
“Responsible Business and Human Rights” took place. After the discussion on the essays, the winners were selected and awarded.
Coordinator of the International Student Internship Kateryna Datsko commented:
“National Contest of legal essays “Responsible Business and Human Rights” at the same time is the beginning of the III International Scientific Congress Society of Ambient Intelligence 2020 and the International Student Internship, as part of a new “UP” project of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine. I am pleased to be the project coordinator of this vector and host the colleagues and students of 7 legal clinics in our university. It helps to establish friendly cooperation among universities, to share experience, and to improve work techniques with students in the legal clinic. New topics, new formats motivate students to grow and help to obtain a lawyer’s mindset. I become more and more convicted that exactly a legal clinic is a place in a university where are and must be developing new, creative, and interesting projects for students.
8 legal clinics took part in the “UP” Contest:
- Legal clinic “Ex aequo et bono” of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding;
- Legal clinic of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”;
- Legal clinic of the “Protection & Justice” of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine;
- Legal clinic “Liberta” of the Ternopil National Economic University;
- Legal clinic “Truth” of the Dnipro State University of Internal Affairs;
- Legal clinic of the Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute of the Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University;
- Legal clinic of the Berdiansk University of Management and Business, LLC.;
- Legal clinic “Protection” of the National Academy of Internal Affairs.
The legal clinics prepared essays on “Responsible Business and Human Rights” topic. The research included the following issues:
- Industrial corporations and human rights.
- Financial services business and human rights (we promote this issue: 5% to the general score of an essay).
- ІТ-business and human rights.
After the works presentation and expert discussion, three winner teams were selected.
The first winner of the National contest “Responsible Business and Human Rights” became the Legal clinic of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”;
Students of legal clinic shared:
“There are only positive impressions of the contest left. We fancy our other clinics’ colleagues’ presentations a lot and masterclasses too. Artem Filipiev has inspired us to work harder. We are looking forward to starting our trip to Warsaw.”
The second place was granted to the Legal clinic of the Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute of the Vadym Hetman Kyiv National Economic University:
Representatives of clinic commented:
“We liked the essay work process during the first stage of the contest. Today, during our presentation we were also inspired to see our colleagues-students from different regions of the country sharing a unique vision on what a responsible business is and what the related legal & economical aspects are. The topic was especially interesting to discover through others’ presentations because the chosen topics varied. We can’t wait when will be resolving practical cases during the second stage of the contest.”
The third finalist of the National Essay contest became the Legal clinic “Liberta” of the Ternopil National Economic University;
Liberta members highlighted:
“We were pleasantly surprised by the high-level organization of the contest. Status of winners stimulates to improve our legal skills, gaining new knowledge in the financial services sphere, and presenting our team with dignity on an international level.”
The second part of the presentation included an excursion “Industrial corporation with respect to human rights”.
The analysis of the latest compliance tendencies and related legal practices of the industrial corporations were presented by:
- Nataliia Malysheva – 1st category Specialist at the Department of Legislation Compliance and Corporative Standards of the PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih.
- Anhelina Chachuna – Compliance Officer at the Metinvest Group with 13 years of legal experience.
In the frame of results presentation there was also conducted a meeting with Artem Filipiev, a graduate of the legal clinic “Pro bono” (National University of Ostroh Academy), now General Counsel of the PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih. The meeting included discussion on characteristics and values in the work of corporate lawyer; on responsible business and ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih practical cases; on legal clinics as a place where true lawyers are being shaped.
Kateryna Datsko added:
“It is great to state that this project is a bright example of cooperation of business, civil society and universities because thank to the support of Kryvyi Rih Foundation of the Future, NGO, Metinvest Holding, LLC., PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih participants had an opportunity to listen to the responsible business practitioners, visit thematic excursion, and in future will receive financial support to take part on the international level of student internship on “Responsible Business and Human Rights”.
We recall that the 2020 contest includes learning, applied research of relevant practice, and competitive component. The project in turn includes an International Student Internship that will become a part of legal vector of the III International Scientific Congress Society of Ambient Intelligence 2020 on the topic “Responsible Business and Human Rights”. Three winner teams of the National stage will take part in the International Student Internship in Warsaw, Poland on 2-3 April 2020.
This publication is prepared with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development according to the agreement with the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine in the frame of a grant provided by the USAID Financial Sector Transformation Project (FST).