War unleashed by Russia against Ukraine may become a decisive factor of radical constitutional changes in Ukraine after it is over

July 14, 2022

This was stated by the Razumkov Centre’s Research Fellow on Legal Issues, retired judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Petro Stetsiuk at the International Round-table "Ukraine on the modern global geopolitical chessboard: a phenomenological and constitutional-legal analysis."

In his presentation "Constitutional development of Ukraine: the war factor", the expert, in particular, noted that the latest thirty years of Ukraine’s constitutional development witnessed the civilisational choice of the Ukrainian people — to build a democratic constitutional state, with constitutional confirmation of the irreversibility of Ukraine's European and Euro-Atlantic course in 2019 as its climax. The current Ukrainian Constitution (1996), having actually fulfilled its historical mission — constitutional assertion of restoration of the state independence of the Ukrainian nation and creation of a legal basis for transformation of a "post-Soviet" Ukraine into a modern constitutional state, not only failed to part with its so-called "congenital defects" but acquired a number of new flaws. In addition, the Basic Law of the state was poorly adapted to functioning in the conditions of martial law, and especially — combat operations on the Ukrainian soil and co-existence with temporarily occupied Ukrainian territories. That is why, after the end of the war, Ukraine will most likely adopt a new constitution - the constitution of the future of the Ukrainian nation, sustainable development of its state, the basic law of a European state in terms of both form and substance.

The event was organised by the Uzhhorod National University (Department of Constitutional Law and Comparative Jurisprudence) together with the V.M. Koretsky Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and Vasile Goldish University in Arad (Romania). Well-known domestic and foreign legal scholars, practicing lawyers, and independent experts joined the round-table.