International cooperation is the most important direction of the development of the National University 'Odesa Law Academy'. Collaboration with foreign institutions pushes forward boundaries of knowledge and solves real world problems by creating a positive impact on societies, economies and health. Coordination of activities of the University in the field of international cooperation is executed by the International Relations Department which is subordinated to the Vice-rector for International Relations.
Suffice to say, that from 1997 till 2004, a prominent Ukrainian scholar, Professor Mark Orzikh was a Vice-Rector for International Relations. His successor was Professor Vyacheslav Tulyakov who served in this capacity from 2005 till August, 2022. During 17 years of Professor Tulyakov`s tenure, our University teamed up with a number of European and American Schools. After his resignation, he was invited to serve as a visiting professor at the Charles III University of Madrid. Later on, Professor Tulyakov has become a visiting researcher of the Institute of European and International Criminal Law at the University of Castilla La Mancha (Ciudad Real) and has obtained his Visiting professorship at IE University (Madrid). After Professor Tulyakov`s retirement, in the fall of 2022, Associate Professor Andrii Neugodnikov was appointed as the Vice-Rector for International Affairs.
From 2002 till 2018, the Department of International Relations was headed by Associate Professor Vadim Barsky, then later, from 2018 till 2021, Yuliia Astankevych was appointed as the chairman of this Department. From September, 2022, Associate Professor Mykhailo Katsyn has become the head of the Department of International Relations.
The main objectives of this Department are:
- organizing scientific cooperation with foreign universities, research institutions, foundations, governmental and nongovernmental international organizations;
- planning international scientific events (conferences, symposiums, scientific and practical seminars, roundtables, etc.);
- organizing international educational student activities (summer schools, court models, thematic seminars, courses of foreign visiting lecturers, language courses);
- conducting academic exchanges;
- organizational and methodological assistance to participants of academic exchanges;
- protocol support of official visits to the University;
- correspondence on international cooperation, managing agreements in the field of international cooperation.
- promotion of the National University 'Odesa Law Academy' (support of the website, participation in educational exhibitions, public awareness about achievements of the University in the national media, placing advertising materials about the University in foreign media outlets, promotion of scientific and teaching literature's exchange with foreign partners);
- vocational work with overseas students;
- assistance to overseas students within nostrification procedure of their documents;
- assistance to those, who graduated from the University.
Throughout the last 25 years, more than 100 partnership & cooperation agreements have been signed with leading universities from different countries, including: Germany, USA, France, Poland, Turkey, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Sweden, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Austria, Moldova, Switzerland, Mexico, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Taiwan, Israel. This list is far from being exhaustive.
The University has become a member of the European University Association (since 1998) and the European Association of Public Law (since 2008), signed by Magna Charta Universitatum (since 2004). Since 2017 several faculties have obtained their membership status at the European Law Faculties Association and the European Law Institute.
Relations with our partners cover a broad range of international educational services. We strongly encourage academic exchanges, joined master programs, short- and long-term certificate programmes. While implementing our foreign relation's agenda, we totally fall in line with provisions of the Bologna Declaration.
The National University 'Odessa Law Academy' has already gained significant experience in implementing European projects, such as: TACIS, TEMPUS, ERASMUS +. Except them, University’s steady partners are the leading American grant programmes such as USAID, Fulbright Programme, Center for International Legal Education, the Leavitt Institute for International Development etc.
Within the framework of the Tempus IV Project 544117-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-HR-TEMPUS-JPCR, and in close cooperation with the University of Zagreb (Croatia) and Maribor University (Slovenia), in 2016 we have launched a master programme in the European and International Law which was taught entirely in English.
Between 2019-2022, our University was a co-organiser of the CRIMHUM programme. The goal of the CRIMHUM Project was to modernise training in the most conservative field of jurisprudence, so that to meet the needs of employers and society, based on the priority of the law, through the development and implementation of a specialised master’s programme in criminal justice.
Besides, National University 'Odessa Law Academy' creates all necessary conditions for providing individual academic mobility of MA, BA, PhD students. Every year dozens of students and staff conduct research and improve their qualifications abroad.
Our students always score high results in the world famous international student intellectual competitions such as: the Philip C. Jessup Public International Law Moot Court Competition; Telders International Law Moot Court Competition, International Moot Court Competition on WTO Law; International Commercial Arbitration Court Competition under European Arbitration Chamber; the Stetson’s International Environmental Moot Court Competition, Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition; The Monroe E. Price International Media Law Moot Court Competition; ELSA European Human Rights Moot Court Competition, International Moot Court on Maritime Arbitration, as well as international models of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.
Finally, since the fall, 2022, International Relations Department is managing special BA programme which is taught entirely in English. Currently, more than 200 students are doing their BA in English.