S-Term Field Study on Ukraine

Law students discuss their field study of Ukraine via Warsaw, including meetings with experts including former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, Ukraine Parliament member Oleksandra Ustinova, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kurt Volker, Judge Olena Kibenko of Ukraine’s Supreme Court, and more.
Ukraine: The Promise and Perils of Legal Reform and Governance, in Wartime and Reconstruction

We studied millennia of Ukrainian history. We debated the legality of seizing frozen Russian assets to finance Ukraine’s postwar reconstruction. And we drank a cherry liqueur that was once a staple in every household of Old Lviv.

As Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine dragged into its twentieth month this September, we took off with a group of Stanford Law peers from campus to Warsaw, Poland, as part of the school’s inaugural S-Term program (S stands for September). Led by Erik Jensen, director of Stanford’s Rule of Law Program, and Michael Strauss, JD ’01, general counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, our S-Term class, titled Ukraine: The Promise and Perils of Legal Reform and Governance, in Wartime and Reconstruction, was the first ever course at the law school to focus on Ukraine. Inspired by S-Term’s vision of providing unique, immersive learning experiences with faculty leaders and renowned practitioners, Professors Jensen and Strauss gave students an opportunity not only to learn about but also to help address the many challenges facing Ukrainians as they seek a secure, prosperous, and democratic future.

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