Svitlana Kravchenko passed from this world on February 10, 2012, at the age of 62. She was passionate and effective in helping forge linkages between human rights and the environment. Her influence spread worldwide in her writings, in her teaching, in international conferences, and in her mentoring of generations of law students.
Svitlana founded the first public interest environmental law firm in Ukraine, Environment-People-Law. She continued to serve as its president until her untimely death. She worked at the international level as a “citizen diplomat” in the negotiation of the United Nations’ Aarhus Public Participation Convention, and served as the elected Vice-Chair of its Compliance Committee from its establishment in 2002.
Professor Kravchenko's many accomplishments included authoring 12 books in three languages (the most recent being Human Rights and the Environment) and more than 190 scholarly articles and book chapters. Over her career, she traveled and lectured in more than 70 countries. She taught for 29 years at Lviv National University in Ukraine and for 10 years at the University of Oregon in the USA.
At the University of Oregon she also directed the LL.M. (master of laws) program. Upon her passing, Oregon Law’s Dean Michael Moffitt said, “Professor Kravchenko accomplished more on the international stage than perhaps anyone in the School of Law’s 128-year history.”
If you want to help continue Svitlana Kravchenko’s important international work and vision, you may donate to the Svitlana Kravchenko International Award for Human Rights and the Environment. This Award will be given annually to an activist, legal advocate, or professor who combines creative and passionate advocacy with a close, personal connection to students or citizens – as Svitlana did.
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