On November 8-9, a key event in the field of criminal law – the V Conference on Criminal Law and Procedure – was held by the Ukrainian Bar Association. Leading attorneys-at-law, judges, lawyers and foreign experts gather together every year to discuss topical issues facing the legal profession, build dialogue and find common ground.

VB PARTNERS law firm annually supports and co-organizes this event. Our team takes leading positions in all international and national ratings in the White-collar crime practice. Therefore, the participation of our expert speakers in the event is always of interest to colleagues in the market.

The partner of our law firm Volodymyr Vashchenko, who is an expert in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) practice, was the moderator of the key session of the first day. Volodymyr and his colleagues discussed the application of Article 5 of the Convention and ECHR judgments in national criminal proceedings, the reasons and ways to resolve the problem of non-enforcement of ECHR judgments in criminal proceedings, etc. in a panel discussion. The following experts took part in the session: Arkady Bushchenko, Supreme Court judge; Andriy Mamaliga, Representative of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights; Olena Lyashenko, ECHR lawyer and Nazar Kulchytsky, attorney, ex-representative of Ukraine in the European Court of Human Rights.

The second day of the Conference was equally interesting. Denys Bugay, an attorney and the partner of VB PARTNERS spoke in the HARD TALK format about attorneys’ professional rights and guarantees, as well as the risks they face.

The expert identified 5 key issues in his speech: (1) identification of a lawyer with a client he represents, (2) access to information and collection of evidence, (3) inviolability of the attorney-client privilege and confidentiality of the attorney-client communication, (4) access to the client and investigative actions, (5) searches of attorneys and access to their cases. The attorney also suggested the ways to solve those problems by legislation.

Reform of the law enforcement agencies and the prosecutor’s offices, changes to the relevant legislation and stocktaking reforms – all this was discussed in the course of the event. 25 speakers, 30 speeches, and a lot of discussions have shown the relevance of the White-collar crime practice in Ukraine.