S08E04: Olek­san­dra Matvi­ichuk on Human Rights and Ukraine 

This episode explores human rights in rela­tion to Russia’s full-scale aggres­sion on Ukraine. How do account­abil­i­ty gaps play a role in restora­tive jus­tice? And what are effec­tive approach­es for doc­u­ment­ing loss­es and war crimes so they can be brought to court? Lis­ten for an analy­sis of the cur­rent war in Ukraine and the prospects for address­ing human rights violations.

Guest fea­tured in this episode:

Olek­san­dra Matvi­ichuk is one of the con­tem­porar­i­ly best-known civ­il soci­ety lead­ers in Ukraine. She is a human rights lawyer and heads the Cen­ter for Civ­il Lib­er­ties in Kyiv, which was the co-recip­i­ent of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022. Since then, Olek­san­dra has also served as the Vice Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tion­al Fed­er­a­tion of Human Rights. In 2013, she coor­di­nat­ed the Euro­maid­an SOS ini­tia­tive, which was set up to pro­vide legal assis­tance to the vic­tims of state repres­sion dur­ing the protests against the regime then. In 2021, Olek­san­dra was nom­i­nat­ed to the Unit­ed Nations Com­mit­tee Against Tor­ture.
Between 2014 and ’22, Matvi­ichuk was involved in the doc­u­men­ta­tion of war crimes in the Don­bas region, where Rus­sia has been sup­port­ing sep­a­ratist mili­tias since over a decade. In 2016, she received the first Democ­ra­cy Defend­er Award of the OSCE for exclu­sive con­tri­bu­tion to pro­mot­ing democ­ra­cy and human rights.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.