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January 19, 2005

Lviv visitors discuss Ukraine’s Orange Revolution

On January 24, three visiting law professors from Lviv National University  in Ukraine spoke about their country’s Orange Revolution the popular and perfectly-organized uprising last fall that successfully replayed a contested presidential election without bloodshed.

They discussed Standing up to Election Fraud and Fear: Prospects for Democracy and Ukraine’s Orange Revolution,” in an afternoon forum at the law school.

Susan Gary, a UO law professor who attended the talk, said, ” It was a terrific panel.  The speakers described not only the legal chronology of the events but also the feeling of being part of the process.  With their words, with pictures and with the anthem of the revolution playing through the computer, they captured the experience of making history in a way that was truly inspiring.”
The three law professors are Andriy and  Natalia Andrusevych and Zoryana Kozak.  They are in residence at the Environmental Law Center at the UO School of Law. They also work with Ecopravo-Lviv, a public interest environmental law organization.

In addition to the Ukrainian visitors, a UO political scientist and a Eugene attorney added Russian and American perspectives to the panel.

Associate Professor Michael Myagkov, a Russian, was in Moscow in 1991. He spoke of experiencing then the same feelings of hope and confidence that shone on the faces of the Ukrainians, but he was more pessimistic about long-term possibilities given what has happened in Russia. 
Eugene attorney Michael Goldstein ’75,  has worked in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia on United States-sponsored rule of law programs for the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Goldstein marveled at what had been accomplished in Ukraine and said that United States assistance is most successful when the recipients have their own vision of change and know what is best for their countries.
Event organizer Svitlana Kravchenko, a visiting law professor and president of Ecopravo-Lviv, said in November,

“Changes are occurring in all three branches of the government of Ukraine. But the real story is not in the government.  It is in the people themselves. Never have so many protested a government action.  “People are happy. They are realizing that they have real power. I also feel different myself.

The panel was sponsored by the Human Rights for ALL program of the UO’s Carlton Savage Professorship. 



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