Author: Roman Petrov

This article looks at the first phase of the implementation and application of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which triggered unprecedented political, economic and legal reforms in Ukraine. In particular, the article focuses on the constitutional challenges that have arisen for Ukraine in the course of implementing the Association Agreement into its legal system. Two issues form the focus of consideration in the article. The first issue is effective implementation and application of the Association Agreement within the Ukrainian legal order. The second issue is compatibility between the Association Agreement and the Ukrainian Constitution. The latest political and legal developments in Ukraine are analyzed through the prism of effective implementation of the Association Agreement and the rise of pro-European judicial activism in Ukraine. In conclusion it is argued that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement enhanced the adaptability of the national constitutional order to the European integration project and European common values.

In: Review of Central and East European Law
Author: Roman Petrov

The European Union (eu) is in search of an appropriate and efficient framework of relations with its neighbours. Recent events show that the eu has failed to prevent escalating civil conflicts in many regions of Ukraine in the eu neighbourhood. This contribution scrutinizes the current eu external policies towards its Eastern neighbours. The first part of the chapter studies the scope and content of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership and their impact on security in the region. The second part of the paper analyses the impact of the eu neighbourhood policies on the ‘post-Crimea’ and ‘post-Donbass’ eu neighbourhood.

In: Security and Human Rights
In: Good Neighbourliness in the European Legal Context

This article analyses the foundations of the constitutional and legal orders of selected non-recognized entities in Georgia and Ukraine, namely the so-called “Republic of Abkhazia”, the “Republic of South Ossetia” and the “Donetsk/Lugansk Peoples’ Republics”. Additionally, this article pursues the objective of clarifying whether the legal systems of these entities can ensure protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of their residents in line with standards of international public law and European law. It is argued that the constitutional orders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the Donetsk/Lugansk Peoples’ Republics are distinguished by a few undeniable similarities and “sources of inspiration”. Furthermore, residents of these entities experience similar problems regarding protection of their fundamental rights and application of international conventions on human rights.

In: Review of Central and East European Law