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Oleh Vovk


Freie Universität Berlin

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: LGBTI people as victims of hate crimes in Germany, Israel and Post-Soviet World.

Oleh has acquired extensive knowledge about almost all areas of jurisprudence and completed a number of internships in several law firms in Ukraine, e.g. S.K.O. Forum, Business & Law Consulting GmbH. After graduating from the National University „Kyiv-Mohyla Academy“ he worked as a lawyer at the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Ukraine,where he was able to negotiate issues including employment discrimination and unfair dismissal. Thus far, the most valuable experience he has gained as a volunteer lawyer working for non-profit organizations was with the All-Ukrainian Network of People who live with HIV (PLWH).Currently Oleh continues to participate in human rights initiatives and to volunteer for NGOs. He has helped some organizations through the United Nations Online Volunteering platform. He has also been doing some pro bono work as a member of the Group on Asylum and Migration at Amnesty International in Berlin and at the Refugee Law Clinic, not only providing legal services, but also helping refugees and asylum seekers with their basic needs. Furthermore, he has been actively involved in a lot of areas of work with the Russian-speaking LGBTI organisation „Quarteera“. Not only does he help LGBTI refugees from ex-USSR countries, he also supports the work of the organisation with legal advice and provides assistance in building up a network with the Ukrainian LGBTI organizations. 

Oleh’s qualitative research project would explore how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people determine that hate-motivated crimes are based on their sexuality or gender identity. The study of hate crime victimisation is meant to engage victims of homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and record their views on the nature, forms and impact of hate based violence. The proposed research will also assist in exploring experiences of this unique population who are often ignored, because such concepts as sex, gender, homophobia, transphobia are not included in the criminological research.

Freie Universität Berlin
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School