Lessons from Ukraine’s 2014 Revolution from Yale World Fellow Taras Shevchenko

Taras Shevchenko (left) addresses students during an event hosted by the Business & Politics Club on September 29

During [Ukraine’s 2014 Revolution of Dignity], we actually used our presumptions and our analysis that we had done beforehand [to begin reforms]. It’s very important to do all the risk metrics, the environmental scan, and to consider the different scenarios in advance, because once the situation starts, there will be no time for that… It’s important to be on time; it’s important, in many cases, to be first [to act]… We started working on a strategy and approach in 2012.Taras Shevchenko, Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellow; co-founder of the Reanimation Package of Reforms, a coalition of NGOs, experts,
and activists focused on effecting reform in Ukraine; and founder of  Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law

About the Event

The Business & Politics Club hosts “Leading Organizations in a Fight,” a breakfast-time discussion with Taras Shevchenko, 2017 Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellow and Ukrainian legal activist. 

After the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, Shevchenko and Euromaidan activists co-founded the Reanimation Package of Reforms (RPR), a coalition of reform-oriented NGOs and experts. Over the past three years, the coalition has advocated for more than 100 laws, including in the areas of rule of law, independent media, anti-corruption, and civil society development.  Shevchenko is also founder and executive director of Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law, an influential Ukrainian think- and act tank that focuses on rule of law, independent media, anti-corruption, and civil society development. He established this organization in 2005 after the Orange Revolution. Shevchenko has been involved with drafting numerous legislative acts, including the Access to Public Information Law. He has started successful civic initiatives in different areas including good governance, transparency, media self-regulation, anti-tobacco, and road safety. He was elected as a member of the Supervisory Board of the Public Service Broadcasting Company in 2015. Shevchenko holds two master degrees in law and in economics from the Kyiv National University.

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