According to the decision of the Academic Council of the Odessa National Law Academy, the Department of European and Comparative Law was established in May, 2004. It was instituted in the framework of Ukrainian internal and external trajectories. Initially, the Chair had been a part of the Faculty of Public Administration and International Legal Relations, which was transformed in the Faculty of International Legal Relations and Legal Journalism in 2005. Nowadays, this is the Faculty of International Legal Relations.
In 2004-2005, it was headed by Professor N. Baymuratov. Then, in 2005-2009, Professor Arakelyan took a post of the Head. Professor A. Vishnyakov was in charge of the Chair in 2009-2015. Professor H. Bekhrouz was assigned, consequently, in 2015.
The Department of European and Comparative Law provides the following disciplines: "European Law", "Comparative Law", "Council of Europe Law", "Comparative Law", "Comparative Criminal Law", "Comparative Environmental Law", "Comparative Labour Law", "Comparative Administrative Law", "Comparative Civil and Trade Law", "European Security System", etc. The professors of the Department have published numerous tutorials and textbooks which facilitate the educational process. Besides, the Chair provides special courses of study: "Venice Commission Practice" and "European Court of Human Rights Precedents".
The Department of European and Comparative Law takes constant part in international programmes and grants, as well as the Tempus Project. The Chair represents the Odessa Regional Centre of the Ukrainian European Studies Association. The members of the Department maintain academic contacts with professional organizations and educational institutions: M. Damirli, H. Bekhrouz and I. Kryvtsova are the members of the Ukrainian Association of Comparative Law, the International Association of Philosophy of Legal and Social Philosophy. Moreover, the magistral personnel participates in scientific conferences and seminars and discussions under the auspices of the EU Border Assistance to Moldova and Ukraine and the University of Salzburg (Faculty of Law).
In 2004, the Department involved seven teachers, including: one Doctor of Law and Professor, five Candidates of Juridical Sciences and one Assistant lecturer. To the date, it consists of 20 teachers.
They have recently conducted a research on "The dialogue between contemporary legal systems. Adoption of the European Law". As a result, H. Bekhrouz published his monograph on "The fundamentals of the civilization approach in the context of Comparative Law" in 2006. In 2007, M. Damirli and N. Vasilenko published their efforts considering "The Science of Comparative Law in Ukraine: theoretical and methodological traditions" and "Ukrainian geopolitics".
Furthermore, three Doctoral dissertations were defended at the Department.
The Chair of European and Comparative Law provides and facilitates the teaching process. For instance, M. Damirli and T. Antsupova published a textbook on the "Council of Europe Law".
The members of the Department give general and special courses of study in English.
The magistral staff takes active part in international and national conferences, seminars, meetings and round tables.
The Department of European and Comparative Law conducts all-Ukrainian and international conferences and symposia.