This page reflects the UESA activities with regard to the realization of the EMBRACE project


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The HORIZON EUROPE project "Embracing change: Overcoming Blockages and Advancing Democracy in the European Neighbourhood” addresses the democratization issues in the countries neighbouring to the EU with a perspective to modernize the EU Democracy Support policies in the area.

Project team

Roman Petrov, project coordinator, researcher

Tetiana Kyseliova, researcher

Dr. Tetiana Kyselova, associate professor at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Department of International Relations; associate researcher (Mediation) at swisspeace/University of Basel; director and founder of the Mediation and Dialogue Research Center at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Dr. Kyselova holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. She was certified as a mediator by the Search for Common Ground and as a business mediator by the IHK Academy Munich and Upper Bavaria. She has been working with peacebuilding civil society and professional community of mediators in Ukraine since 1990s advising them on the strategies of peacebuilding, self-regulation, training, methodology of mediation and dialogue. She is currently an advisor to the peacebuilding network ‘Ukrainian Community of Dialogue Practitioners’. She has co-authored a Ukrainian Law on Mediation and served as an advisor to the Ministry of Reintegration of Temporality Occupied Territories of Ukraine and many international organizations. Her research interests include conflict resolution and transformation, peacebuilding, mediation and dialogue.

Dmytro Koval, researcher

Dmytro graduated from Odessa Law Academy. He holds a Ph.D. in international law. Dmytro was a research fellow at Stanford University, Central European University, Jagiellonian University, and the Graduate School for Social Research of the Polish Academy of Science. He gave visiting lectures at Yale University, Stanford University, Mississippi College, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés of Bolivia, Royal Academy of Belgium, Jagiellonian University, Universidad Panamericana, University of Zurich, etc.

Dmytro served as a member of the Ministry of Justice Expert Committee on International Humanitarian Law Implementation. He worked on IHL and IHRL issues in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. He also advised the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, UNESCO, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the Prosecutor General’s Office, and Ukrainian MPs on different aspects of international law. Since 2021 Dmytro represents Ukraine in the UNESCO Protocol 1999 Committee. Dmytro is a member of the board of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize winner Center for Civil Liberties. He is the UNESCO consultant who advises the organization on the implementation of The Hague Convention of 1954 and its Second Protocol of 1999.

Roman is the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy since 2010, Head of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in EU Studies at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy since 2011. Director of German Law Institute at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy since 2016. Lectured the very first Jean Monnet Module in EU law in Ukraine at the Donetsk National University in 2001. Prof. Dr. Roman Petrov obtained his PhD at the Queen Mary University of London (UK) under supervision of Prof. Marise Cremona. He conducted post-doctoral research as Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (Italy) and awarded research visiting fellowships at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) (Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship), the University of Oxford (UK), Ghent University (Belgium), Uppsala University (Sweden) and other international universities. He was a visiting professor and researcher at the University of Latvia in Riga (Latvia) and at Augsburg University (Germany), Foreign Chair at Ghent University (Belgium), UNA Chair in EU Studies at Bologna University (Italy), visiting professor at Bari University (Italy) and European Visiting Professor at Saarland University (Germany), research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany) and at British Institute of International and Comparative Law (UK). He is also the author of one of the first Ukrainian textbooks on EU Law. Prof. Dr. Petrov is active in publishing and international research. He is the founder and first elected President of the Ukrainian European Studies Association. Areas of Prof. Dr. Petrov’s research and teaching are: EU Law, EU External Relations Law; Approximation and Harmonisation of Legislation of Third Countries with the EU acquis; Legal Aspects of Regional Integration in the Post-Soviet Area. Prof. Dr. Petrov frequently provides consultancy to state institutions in Ukraine, including the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and Ministry of Justice. He is an expert in EU Law at the European Parliament and Secretariat of the Energy Community.

Selected Publications

Kyselova. 2023. How to make civil society inclusion in inter-state peace mediation meaningful: Lessons from the Minsk Negotiation Process 2014-2021. Joint brief series: Improving Mediation Effectiveness. Stockholm: Folke Bernadotte Academy & ACCORD DOI: https://doi.org/10.61880/DAJQ2447

Activities 2024

Activities 2023

Special session on Democracy Research and Democracy Promotion within the Framework of the UESA Annual Congress 2023, online, Kyiv, October 26, 2023

Within the realization of the Horizon 2020 project “Embracing change: Overcoming Blockages and Advancing Democracy in the European Neighbourhood” Roman Petrov (UESA Honorary President, project coordinator) and Karina Shyrokykh (Stokholm University, Sweden) presented in the special session of the UESA Congress 2023 the main idea of the EMBRACE project and addressed the peculiarities of the democracy research in the times of turbulencies on international arena. The participants commented on contemporary challenges for the democratization processes in Europe and worldwide.

Conferece "Rethinking Critical Peace and Conflict Studies in a Multipolar World Order" , Manchester (UK), September 14-14, 2023

On 14-15 September 2023, Tetiana Kyselova took part in the Conferece "Rethinking Critical Peace and Conflict Studies in a Multipolar World Order" held at Manchester University on invitation of the head of the EMBRACE project WP6 Dr Sandra Pogodda. Dr Kyselova made a presentation "Adaptive Peacebuilding for Sustainable Peace in the Context of the Wars of Aggression" and received a positive feedback from the colleagues.

Stakeholder Comittee Meeting, online, Kyiv, June 20, 2023

Within the realization of the Horizon 2020 project “Embracing change: Overcoming Blockages and Advancing Democracy in the European Neighbourhood” the stakeholder committee meeting took place in the online format on June 20, 2023. During the meeting Oksana Holovko-Havrysheva, UESA President presented the main objective and tasks of the project as well as the role of the UESA in the project realization, especially focusing on the research to be conducted within the WP4, WP6 and WP 7. Dmytro Koval, leading researcher in the WP4 presented the research methodology on popular uprisings and democracy shifts in the case of Ukraine; Tetiana Kyseliova addressed the main features of the WP 6 dealing with peace and war linkage to the democracy shifts and Roman Petrov focused on geopolitics of the EUDP covering the impact of superpowers on the democratization processes in Ukraine before the war and in the wartime.

The participants commented on the content of the field work and methodology used to work in the relevant workpackages.

EMBRACE Methodology Workshop, Konstanz, April 26-28, 2023

The UESA President Oksana Holovko-Havrysheva took part at the EMBRACE Metodology Workshop, which took place in Konstanz (Germany). The methodology approaches were presented by the work package leaders, as well as the further steps in conducting the research program were discussed, including the professional skills development program for team members.

EMBRACE Kick-Off Meeting, Berlin, 19-21 October 2022

During October 19-21, 2022 the kick-off meeting for the Horizon 2020 project “Embracing change: Overcoming Blockages and Advancing Democracy in the European Neighbourhood” was organized by the project coordinator, the Berghof Foundation and held in Berlin. During the event the consortium members uniting representatives from 12 countries Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Western Balkans, Northern Africa and the Middle East. The team discussed the project implementation, the milestones and deliverables of this project, as well as planned the forthcoming activities.

Horizon Europe project "Strengthening EU external support for democracy (EMBRACE)"

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