Oxford University draws leading experts to exclusive Ukraine conference

From 6 to 8 April 2011, experts from across Europe, Canada and the US gathered at Oxford University to discuss leading issues in domestic and foreign affairs of Ukraine.

The third Oxford Model Ukraine Conference, sponsored and organised by the alumni of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program (CUPP), and the Oxford University Ukrainian Society, in cooperation with the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre, took place at St. Antony’s College and New College at the University of Oxford on 6, 7 and 8 April 2011.

The third in a cycle of four Model Ukraine Conferences brought together CUPP alumni and experts in government, economics, law, diplomacy, education, and health who shared knowledge, experience, and ideas in order to improve democratic governance in Ukraine.

The aim of the conference was to distil recommendations discussed and present a new model of governance to the Government of Ukraine.

Oxford University Ukrainian Society President Anzhela Yevgenyeva, St. Hilda’s College, announced that: “The conference drew talented students, prominent scholars, political leaders, and professionals from various fields, and was one of the largest gatherings of Ukraine’s best and brightest outside of Ukraine”.

80 individuals from Ukraine, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the UK, and the USA attended the conference.

Prominent participants included: Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada; Borys Tarasyuk, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, and current head of the parliamentary committee on European integration; Leigh Turner, the UK Ambassador to Ukraine; Volodymyr Khandogiy, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK and Giorgi Vashadze, Deputy-Minister of Justice of Georgia.

Among the scholars of Ukraine and the region the conference hosted James Sherr of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), Andreas Umland of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kataryna Wolczuk of the University of Birmingham, Andrew Wilson, University College London, Oxana Pachlovska of the University of Rome, Taras Kuzio, Adrian Karatnycky, Yuri Lukanov and Oxford’s leading scholars including Paul Chaisty and Kalypso Nicolaidis. Also in attendance were Andy Hunder from the Ukrainian Institute in London and Olesia Stasiv from the Lviv Business School, both organisations affiliated to the Ukrainian Catholic University.