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British - Ukrainian Law Association

Supporting the rule of law


Welcome to the British‐Ukrainian Law Association.

The purposes of the Association are to:
  • Encourage and assist professional relationships between lawyers in the United Kingdom and Ukraine;
  • Assist the development of the legal profession in Ukraine by all appropriate means, including (but not limited to) mutual exchanges, placements and training programmes, the supply of information and advice, promoting workshops and seminars in Ukraine and the United Kingdom on topics of mutual interest;
  • To provide advice and assistance in connection with the administration of justice in Ukraine; and
  • Establish a forum for lawyers from the United Kingdom who wish to be involved in and with Ukraine and vice versa.

About the Association


The Association is managed by a Committee whose powers and duties are set out in the Constitution.

The British-Ukrainian Law Association was founded in 1993, with the inaugural event held on 16th February 1993 in the Queen’s Room, Middle Temple, London. It was attended by the Ukrainian Ambassador to the Court of St. James, His Excellency, Serhiy Komissarenko. The Honorary President of the Association was from its inception until his sad death on 9th October 2015 the distinguished former Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the Rt. Hon. Lord Howe of Aberavon, CH, QC. We have been fortunate to have had the continued patronage of the Ukrainian Embassy and in particular the second ambassador to the Court of St. James, His Excellency, Professor Volodymyr Vassylenko, also a distinguished lawyer, who went on to give distinguished service as a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Republic of Yugoslavia in The Hague.

The first Chairman of the Association was Richard Behar. On his appointment as a Judge, John Dixon, later His Honour Judge Dixon, took over as Chairman from 2001 until his sad death on 12th August 2014. The current Chairman is Yuri Botiuk.

The Association expresses its gratitude to all of the above, and in particular to Lord Howe and Judge Dixon, for their invaluable contributions to the work of the Association.

Membership of the Association

Welcome to join us

Membership of BULA is open to both corporate and individual members and associate members. Applications are reviewed and approved by the Committee. Students are admitted to membership free of charge. Full membership is available to qualified legal professionals and law students from both the United Kingdom and Ukraine. However, any non-legally qualified person or organisation interested in promoting the objects of BULA can apply to be an associate member.

All members receive exclusive materials on BULA’s activity and have access to our seminars and events in the United Kingdom and in Ukraine. In addition, membership provides an ability to participate in discussions on legal topics and opportunities for networking and new initiatives.

Students: Free

Individual: £25
Individual Membership for one person

Corporate: £150
Membership for up to 10 representatives of a corporate

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