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Queen Mary alumnus appointed to influential role in Ministry of Justice of Ukraine

A recent Queen Mary University of London graduate is now responsible for developing policy on insolvency, enforcement of court decisions, as well as monitoring judicial reform in Ukraine.  


At only 27 years old, Illia Chernohorenko was appointed as Director General at the newly established Directorate for Judiciary, Courts and Related Legal Institutions at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

While studying at Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), his focus was on both investment and international commercial arbitration as well as international commercial litigation.

Mr Chernohorenko completed a Masters in Dispute Resolution as a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Chevening Scholar. He graduated with Distinction in November 2017.

School of Law: diversity, opportunity, and traditions

Mr Chernohorenko said the knowledge and overall experience he gained while studying at Queen Mary played a crucial role in his appointment. “There is no doubt Queen Mary offers both an academic and professional environment which enables the achievement of the highest goals in future careers. I think the following three words sums up Queen Mary’s School of Law: diversity, opportunity, and traditions.

“I am particularly grateful to Professor Loukas Mistelis (Director at the School of International Arbitration, CCLS) for his dedication to the studying process and individual approach to each of his students.”

Queen Mary’s contributions to judicial reform in Ukraine

Legal specialists at Queen Mary are leading on the establishment of Ukraine’s High Court on Intellectual Property (IP), which forms part of a radical transformation of the country’s legal system.

The two-year, £850,000 project is being led by Professor Ioannis Kokkoris and Dr Noam Shemtov, both from Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies.

The experts will review the legislative framework for the new court, advise on best international practices and launch an international training programme for newly appointed Ukrainian judges.

The project is funded by the Joint Department for International Development (DFID) and Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) Good Governance Fund.

Speaking about the project, Professor Kokkoris said: “By assisting governments with their judicial reform programmes, the UK is reinforcing and projecting its role as a leading global centre for the provision of legal services. I am delighted that the UK Government recognises the importance of supporting the international judicial community and is prepared to invest in strengthening the rule of law overseas.”



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