Valeriya holds an LL.B. from Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman, and a Master of Laws in Energy Law from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Prior to joining the LL.M. Program, Valeriya served as a Law Consultant to the Ukrainian Mining Company, LLC and as a Law Consultant to Privat Bank. She is a Co-founder and member of the Students League branch of Ukrainian Bar Association at Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman. She has served in a volunteer capacity as an Independent Legal Assistant to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and is keenly interested in the development of the Ukrainian food and agriculture system post-revolution.
In recent years, the LL.M. Program has enhanced its international law curriculum. This expansion has been possible thanks to the extensive international law work of Professor Christopher Kelley and Professor Uche Ewelukwa. This has helped us to attract talented international candidates such as Valeriya.
The globalization of our food system, concerns about global food security, food sovereignty, land tenure, and international intellectual property rights, to name but a few emerging issues, have highlighted the need for more coordinated work. Climate change will only accelerate the urgency of these issues. Valeriya will be working with us to further develop our international food and agriculture curriculum and to explore global food and agriculture initiatives that would link our expertise with more international universities, governments, NGOs, and students. We are happy to have her assistance and look forward to a great year of work with her.