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ELAW is co-sponsoring the “New Directions for Human Rights and the Environment” symposium this Friday and Saturday at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Dr. Svitlana Krevchenko

Dr. Svitlana Kravchenko

The symposium is dedicated to the late Dr. Kravchenko who was a pioneering lawyer from Ukraine. Svitlana founded the non-profit organization Environment-People-Law (EPL) and inspired young lawyers around the world to protect the environment and human rights.

The Symposium– which is free and open to the public — will feature keynote speeches by: Bill Rodgers, Stimson Bullitt Endowed Professor of Environmental Law at University of Washington; Antonio Benjamin, Justice, The High Court of Brazil, Professor, Catholic University of Brasilia, and chair, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law; Oliver Houck, Professor of Law and Director, Environmental Law Program, Tulane University Law School; and Dr. Marc Pallemaerts, Professor of Law, University of Amsterdam and Head of the Environmental Governance Research Programme at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP).

ELAW is proud to co-sponsor this event honoring our partner, Svitlana Kravchenko.

We hope to see you there!

Bern Johnson
Executive Director

All of us at ELAW mourn the passing of our beloved partner, Svitlana Kravchenko.  We have benefited enormously from working with Svitlana over the past 17 years and we will miss her.

Svitlana worked tirelessly to strengthen the rule of law, protect the earth, and advance human rights around the world.  She was determined to give citizens around the world a voice in decisions about their planet and their future.  She fearlessly challenged powerful interests and pursued change through writing, teaching, advocacy, organizing, and personal persuasion.  She brought a warmth, passion, beauty, and joy to her work that lifted all of us and will continue to inspire us.

Svitlana and her husband, ELAW founder and director John Bonine, formed an inspiring and dynamic team.  They wrote together, taught together, traveled together, and worked together to make the world a better place.  We send our condolences to John and to Svitlana’s daughter, Maria Kostytska, a lawyer practicing in Paris.  We also send condolences to Svitlana’s niece, Olena Kravchenko, and her team at the environmental law organization that Svitlana founded and Olena leads in Lviv: Environment-People-Law.

Svitlana touched people all over the world.  ELAW partners from more than 60 countries around the globe have grieved together and shared memories of Svitlana.  Even in passing, she has made the worldwide ELAW network stronger.

Bern Johnson
Executive Director

ELAW partner Svitlana Kravchenko died in Oregon on February 10, 2012, following a heart attack.  For more about her life and work, visit:

John & SvitlanaELAW Board Member John Bonine and Svitlana Kravchenko were recently featured on The Hub by Witness in their ongoing series  Environmental Rights = Human Rights.

John & Svitlana recently co-authored a law school casebook:  Human Rights and the Environment:  Cases, Law, and Policy which “shows how international and national court cases in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas have begun to interpret treaties, national constitutions, and human rights legislation to protect the environment through the recognition of rights.”

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