Our team

Olena Uvarova

Ph. D in Law, is a lecturer in the Theory of Law Department and Leading specialist of International Affairs Department of the National Law University of Yaroslav Mudriy. Dr. Uvarova is the author of more than 80 scientific papers on the theory of law, human rights, gender equality, anti-discrimination policy, business and human rights. Since 2014, she has been a member of the editorial board of the journal “Philosophy of Law and General Theory of Law” (EBSCO Publishing). She actively participates in activities to increase awareness on human rights standards in the legal practice. Some of her completed projects include – “Promoting human rights and gender equality in Ukraine through the implementation of international legal instruments”, “Monitoring of court decisions regarding gender discrimination, focusing on the application of Ukrainian legislation and international law”, “Tolerance in post-conflict societies” etc.

In 2017 she was Expert leader of the NLU project “Business Human Rights Responsibilities: Experience of the V4 and Baltic Countries for Ukraine” supported by IVF and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Since May, 2018 Olena Uvarova is Coordinator of the project “Business and Human Rights (Curriculum for law students)”.

Dr. Uvarova took part as an expert at the invitation of the Working Group on Human Rights Constitutional Commission, in the formal discussions on Section II of “Human Rights” of the Constitution of Ukraine anti-discrimination rules. In 2015-2017 Olena was the National of Council of Europe in the project “Improving Women’s Access to Justice”, since September 2017 she is National consultant UN Women in Ukraine, project “CEDAW in Action”. At this moment Dr. Uvarova is Expert leader of the KyivPride project “Access to Justice for LGBTI”, supported by USAID, Member of the CSP Working Group on Women and Gender Realities in the OSCE Region, expert of the SME SPOLU project “The rights of refugees and internally displaced persons: the best European practices and ways of their implementation” supported by SAIDC. Since March 2018 Olena is member of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association.


Beata Faracik

President of the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business

Co-founder and President of the Board of the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business. Leading Polish expert specialized in Human Rights & Business and Corporate Social Responsibility with over 15 years of professional experience and experience of working in public, private and NGO sectors in various countries, including: Ministry of Justice (Poland), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Poland), Criminal Justice System (UK), University of Exeter (UK), National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Against Children (UK) and currently, the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business. Regularly speaks at public events on issues of relevance to business and human rights agenda. Completed consultancy assignments inter alia for the European Parliament (developed two analysis re implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and contributed to the EP DROI hearings on Business & Human Rights (2012-2014, 2017) with recommendations being included in the relevant EP resolutions on CSR), Danish Human Rights Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Buy Responsibly Foundation, etc. Conducted workshops for business, NGOs and public administration, including on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into the company policies. Co-founder and Coordinator of the CSR Watch Coalition Poland. Member of the Advisory Board of the Amnesty International Poland, the Council of 17. (a business initiative aimed at SDGs implementation in Poland) and of the inter-ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development and CSR, an advisory body to the Minister of Innovation and Economic Development (since 2018), and its predecessors, the inter-ministerial CSR Committee (2012-2015). External expert at Forum Odpowiedzialnego Biznesu (2017) and Global Compact Network Poland. Member of the BHRight Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching on Business and Human Rights.
She holds Master’s degree in Law and MA in International relations/European Affairs from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, and LL.M. in Human Rights and Intellectual Property Law (WIPO WA Fellow) from Raoul Wallenberg Institute of the Lund University and WIPO Worldwide Academy. Her areas of expertise include: Human Rights & Business (BHR), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), International Public Law, EU internal & external policies, Enabling and protecting civil society/Human Rights Defenders.  Author of publications on those topics in Polish and English.


Toma Birmontienė

Professor, Head of the Lithuanian Center for Human Rights (1995-2004), judge of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania (2005-2014), Head of the Baltic-Ukrainian Center for Research and Innovation


Alla Timofeeva

Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer at the Department of International Law. Member of the European Society of International Law, the Interest Group on International Business and Human Rights, and the Czech Society of International Law. Researcher at the Human Rights Research Centre, Prague, Czech Republic.

Her specialisation is the area of the European Convention on Human Rights, Business and Human Rights. Ph.D. achieved in 2011 at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Law, with the thesis of ‘Access to independent and impartial court as a fair trial guarantee under the European Convention on Human Rights’. In 2009 and 2014, a traineeship and an internship at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Post-doctoral studies at the International Law Department of the Faculty of Law in Prague (2012-2014).

She is currently involved in teaching of the courses Public International Law, International Protection of Human Rights, Human European Protection of Human Rights, Protection of Human Rights in Europe and Case-Law of the European Court of Human Rights. Alla Tymofeyeva is the author of the monograph titled “Non-Governmental Organisations under the European Convention on Human Rights: Exceptional Legal Standing”, which deals, in particular, with the rights of business entities (seehttps://rozkotova.cld.bz/NGO-ECHR/342/).


Jitka Brodská

is a diplomat, currently working as the Deputy Director of the Human Rights and Transition Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in Prague. Jitka Brodská has Master Degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and in International Trade from the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic. She further studied at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and at the Clingendael Institute of International Relations in The Hague, Netherlands. During her diplomatic career she was posted at the Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of the Netherlands (covering legal and multilateral issues) and the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland (human rights and humanitarian affairs).

Jitka Brodská participated in the working group on business and human rights set up in late 2015 to elaborate the Czech National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. The group was established by agreement of the Minister for Human Rights and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and was made up of representatives of state administration, businesses, non-profit organisations and trade unions. The National Action Plan was finalized in June 2017 and approved by the Government of the Czech Republic in October 2017.

Peter Čuroš

PhD. is an assistant professor at Gustav Radbruch Institute of Law Theory at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice. He has been dealing with the issues of fundamental rights and the rule of law, legal ethics, professional responsibility, a relation ship between law and morality, issues of unjust law and innovative teaching methods. For study, teaching and research activity, he spent  long-term stays at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Washington and Lee University, School of Law.

Within his research activity he has been participating in research grants on Ethical and Human-Rights Aspects of ICT, Election Census in 21st Century, Constitutional Principle in Law-Making and Law-Realization and he was granted a scholarship for his project Legal Ethics by SAIA,n.o. –National scholarship programme and by Foundation of Tatra Bank – Študenti do sveta (Students into the world) for the project at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA.

Dmytro Vynokurov

Chief Editor of the “Taxes and Accounting” Journal (Publishing House “Factor”). Since 2000 Mr. Vinokurov has been working in the field of tax and accounting. He is a recognized expert in the field of legislative regulation of doing business in Ukraine, author of hundreds of publications related to business in Ukraine. Dmytro Vinokurov is a well-known lecturer in business seminars, all-Ukrainian forums for business executives, financial departments and accountants.

In 2012 Mr. Vinokurov completed additional education in The Open University successfully.
Dmytro Vinokurov had moderated the Session “Business and Human Rights in Practice” within the Roundtable “Business Human Rights Responsibilities: the Experience of the Countries of V4 and Baltic States for Ukraine” on 4th of October, 2017.

In March 2018 he was a lecturer of the Summer School “Law and Digital Technologies”.


Agata Rudnicka

Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz. Her main field of interests are: CSR, sustainable development, social entrepreneurship, business ethics, environmental management and social and environmental aspects of supply chain management. She has got 10 years’ experience in teaching, research and business consulting in these areas. Coordinator and team member of national and international projects related to the issue of sustainable development and social economy. E-mail address: agata.rudnicka@uni.lodz.pl


Yulia Razmetaeva

PhD in Law. Field of studies: Theory of State and Law, Human Rights. Topic of dissertation research: Human
Rights as Fundamental Value of Civil Society.
Yulia Razmetaeva is a lecturer of the theory of law, human rights and legal deontology courses. Since 2009 she
has been working at the Theory of State and Law Department of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University.
She is an author and a co-author of 78 scientific and analytical publications. Since 2014 she has been involved
in the academic translation from English for Ukrainian scientific journals. Her scientific publications are
devoted to the problems of human rights and business, civil society, information technology and law. Her
analytical publications are devoted to the problems of right to privacy, child labor, land management,
environmental rights and obligations to business.
She is the main author of the certified educational program «Lawyer as a human rights defender» (2016) and
one of the main authors of the first pilot report «Business and human rights in Ukraine» (2017).
Yulia Razmetaeva was a participant of the OSCE Summer School on General Theory of Law and of the Second
educational session of international educational project «Philosophy of Human Rights» (2014). At 2014–2016
she was an expert of projects on harmonization of European and Ukrainian legislation, increasing of civil
participation in public processes within e-democracy and e-governance, promotion of legal values and human
rights (the initiatives «Reanimation Package of Reforms» and «Е-progres»).
She is an Expert of research and education project «Tolerance in Post-Conflict Societies» (2016) and the
Coordinator of project Spring School «Law and Digital Technologies» (2018).
Her professional interests are in the sphere of legal issues of information and communication technologies,
human rights, business and civil society in digital age.