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Founder

Ihor Koliushko

At the time of CPLR foundation, was an MP, directly involved in the preparation and adoption of the Constitution of Ukraine, at the Verkhovna Rada of the second convocation.

Considered vital to reform political and legal system of the state to ensure the Constitution to be respected, and democratic choice to be established.

At that time, the Soviet Union ideology dominated in politics and humanities, and almost no one had a holistic and in-depth knowledge of what should be the institutional organization of power. Then an idea was born to create a think tank that would study the experience of democratic countries, being knowledgeable in legal doctrine, taking into account national specificities, to establish a theoretical model of the optimum institutional organization of the state, to draft appropriate laws, to justify the ideas of the latter, and to implement them.

Thus, the CPLR was founded. On 18 November 1996, a certificate of registration was received.

Ihor Koliushko was born on 18 June 1965 in Lokhvytsa of Poltava region.

Double-graduated from Ivan Franko University of Lviv: in 1989 — Faculty of physics, and in 2000 — Faculty of law.

Political activity began in 1987, joining the Tovarystvo Leva.

From 1990 to 1994, worked as assistant-consultant of MPs Ihor Hryniv and Taras Stetskiv, adviser on political affairs to Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Pynzenyk at the Government of Ukraine, expert of Ukrainian Foundation for Reforms. Participated in preparing draft laws “On Associations of Citizens”, “On Citizenship of Ukraine”, “On Local Self-government”, “On Elections of People’s Deputies of Ukraine” on the basis of mixed electoral system, et al.

In 1994, was elected an MP from the public association “New Wave” at Busk constituency, Lviv region. At the Verkhovna Rada, of the second and third convocations, worked in the Committee on Legal Policy and Judicial Reform as Secretary of the Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Administrative Reform, first Deputy Chairman of the Committee. From 1997 to 2001, was a member of the State Commission on Administrative Reform in Ukraine. Actively researched into urgent issues of administrative and judicial reform, drafted and submitted for the Verkhovna Rada’s consideration of several bills on organization of the executive, proceedings, activities of notaries, in particular, “On Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine”, “On Central Authorities”, “On Local State Administration”, the Judicial Code of Ukraine, “On Administrative Courts”, etc.

Since 2000 — Senior lecturer of the Chair on Public and Legal Sciences of the Faculty of Law of the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”.

From November 2005 to December 2006, worked as Advisor to the President of Ukraine — Head of Chief Department of Institutional Development and Policy at the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine.

Member of both commissions on strengthening democracy and establishing the rule of law (in 2005 and 2010), Higher Qualification Commission for Judges of Ukraine (2006-2007), Constitutional Assembly under the President of Ukraine (2012-2013), member of many working groups on drafting laws on legal policy. Author of dozens of research papers, journalistic articles, and other publications.