Stepan Berko a lawyer and an advocacy manager with the DEJURE Foundation established by experts and lawyers with the goal of promoting the rule of law and reforms in the sphere of justice in Ukraine.
Stepan’s professional experience comprises private (top-tier Ukrainian law firms) and public sectors. For five years, Stepan worked in the Parliament of Ukraine as the Head of the Legal Drafting Center of the political party “Samopomich”.
Stepan holds a Master’s Diploma in Law from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (“NaUKMA”). Further, Stepan obtained another degree in law from the Jagiellonian University (Poland). As of now, Stepan deepens his academic knowledge and competence by pursuing a PhD in Law at the Doctoral School of NaUKMA.
To change the judicial system of Ukraine, you need to have someone to choose from:
"I am not certain that our law schools explain to students what the mission of a lawyer is when a person enters the profession. Being a lawyer does not simply imply verifying compliance with the law. A lawyer’s task is to defend human rights and preserve the constitutional order. And it is not just following some instructions or legal norms. We need a sense of this mission. And each of the representatives of the profession – be it a judge, a prosecutor, a lawyer – if they do not understand this big task of theirs, they do not contribute anything to the legal profession apart from showing up at work."