As a Legal Associate at Global Rights Compliance (GRC), Kateryna advises Ukrainian state authorities and leading NGOs on the qualification, documentation, investigation and prosecution of international crimes. She provided her comments to the draft laws amending the Criminal and Criminal Procedure Codes of Ukraine with respect to international crimes and facilitating Ukraine’s cooperation with the International Criminal Court. Kateryna has also contributed to a GRC legal advice on the compliance of Ukraine’s new trials in absentia legislation with International Law.

Before focusing on International Law, Dr Kateryna Busol worked for KPMG, Clifford Chance and EasyBusiness. She was also a legal advisor to the Director-General of the National Art Museum of Ukraine. With the occupation of Crimea and the armed conflict in Donbas, Kateryna has mapped the options for safeguarding Ukraine’s cultural heritage under International Law for the Ukrainian government and civil society. In particular, Dr Busol has come up with a list of specific first steps to be made domestically to trigger certain international protection mechanisms.

Dr Busol is a founder of the #InternationalLawTalks project – the series of interviews with top international lawyers on Ukraine-related issues in Ukrainian mass media. The initiative aims to boost the understanding of crucial legal topics by the general public. Kateryna is the Vice President of the Cambridge Society of Ukraine. The Society facilitates the Ukrainian children’s access to education.

Kateryna holds an LLM in International Law from Cambridge University and an LLB, LLM and PhD from the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. She wrote her LLB, LLM and PhD theses on different aspects of cultural property protection and art restitution under International Law.

Project Summary

In her Woodrow Wilson Center research, Dr Busol looks into the options of both court and non-court dispute settlement for Ukraine that is suffering from the ongoing occupation of Crimea and armed hostilities in the east of the country. In particular, Kateryna analyses the other states’ experiences of truth and reconciliation commissions that could be applicable for Ukraine and the impact of the legal proceedings in international fora on respective domestic proceedings in Ukraine.