14th Ukraine Breakfast Debate on 15 July 2019

Since the Revolution of Dignity, the population showed an increasing demand for the reform of the judicial system and the fight against corruption. A major role in this reform process is played by civil society organi­za­tions who advocate and monitor these devel­op­ments. The constant pressure of civil society pushed the government to establish a new Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine, increase trans­parency in decision-making, and improve access to public infor­mation and open data, thus providing activists with stronger controlling tools.

Anti-corruption activism also increased in the Ukrainian regions after the Revolution of Dignity for several reasons, one of which being the decen­tral­ization reform. As a result of this reform, the power of the central government has been reduced, munic­i­pal­ities in Ukraine have gained additional financial resources and additional authority over local services delivery. However, the decen­tral­ization efforts produced undesirable conse­quences for the state of corruption in the country – it moved corruption schemes from the center to local government posing important challenges for local anti-corruption civil society organi­za­tions.

In this context, several questions arise: Which role does the new Anti-Corruption Court of Ukraine play in the fight against corruption? How is it possible to ensure an independent and trust­worthy judiciary? How will the new president and the new government shape the anti-corruption process? Which successes and failures of anti-corruption activism in all regions of Ukraine since 2014 can be deter­mined and which internal and contextual factors are respon­sible for the success or failure of anti-corruption civil society organi­za­tions? And finally: How can inter­na­tional partners effec­tively support anti-corruption activism?

These and further questions were addressed during our 14th Ukraine Breakfast Debate on the topic “The Fight against Corruption in Ukraine: The Role of the Judicial System and Regional Civil Society Organi­za­tions“. Thank you for joining our discussion with our experts Iryna Shyba, Executive Director of DEJURE Foundation in Kyiv, and Oksana Huss, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Leiden University and co-founder of the Inter­dis­ci­plinary Corruption Research Network (ICRNetwork.org).

This event was organized by the IEP project “Platform for Analytics and Inter­cul­tural Commu­ni­cation” (PAIC) which aims at promoting profes­sional expertise among Ukrainian think tanks, creating synergies between German and Ukrainian think tanks and trans­ferring knowledge about devel­op­ments in Ukraine to Germany. PAIC is conducted in close cooper­ation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democ­ratic Initia­tives Foundation (DIF, Kyiv) and the think tanks devel­opment and research initiative think twice UA (Kyiv) and is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.


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