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June 14, 2012

American Bar Association gives top environmental award to Oregon Law professor

Svitlana Kravchenko is posthumous recipient of Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy

Svitlana Kravchenko

Svitlana Kravchenko

Svitlana Kravchenko, University of Oregon School of Law professor and director of the LL.M. program in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, has been chosen posthumously for the American Bar Association’s highest award in environmental law. She passed away in February 2012.

The ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources – Task Force on Policy and Coordination has selected Kravchenko as the recipient of the 13th annual American Bar Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. Oregon Law student Elizabeth Brown submitted the nomination.

“Professor Kravchenko’s international accomplishments and reputation never interfered with her generosity at a personal level,” said Brown. “Her efforts to inspire her students in both Oregon and Ukraine were remarkable.”

Brown noted that Professor Kravchenko’s former students include a law school dean, an official in the U.S. State Department, and a justice of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

The ABA award was established to honor individuals and institutions responsible for major contributions in the field of environmental law and policy. Recipients are chosen because their accomplishments led to significant improvements in environmental laws and policies.

Professor Kravchenko played a leading role in drafting and implementing the Aarhus Public Participation convention in Europe and Central Asia. She also created the first public interest law firm in Ukraine. While in Oregon, she designed and led the state’s first graduate program in environmental law and published the world’s first law school textbook on the links between human rights and the environment.

The American Bar Association lauded Professor Kravchenko’s “impressive record of achievement in scholarship, teaching, and public service.”

Oregon Law Dean Michael Moffitt echoed these praises, noting that she often was at the forefront in understanding the links between environmental law and international law.

“Professor Kravchenko made remarkable contributions in both environmental and international law, and she was at the cutting edge of helping scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers to understand the critical importance of the intersection of these disciplines,” Moffitt said.

The award ceremony will take place Sunday, August 5, at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Oregon Law Professor John Bonine, Kravchenko’s husband, will accept the award on her behalf, along with other members of her family.

For more on Professor Kravchenko’s contributions to Oregon Law and the legal academy, please visit the following links:

Oregon Law mourns beloved professor Svitlana Kravchenko

A Tribute to Svitlana Kravchenko

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