Oleksandra ZMIYENKO

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Oleksandra Zmiyenko (PL/UA) is Academic Assistant at the College of Europe in Bruges, Department of EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies, since August 2018.

Oleksandra holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Jagiellonian University of Kraków (including an Erasmus exchange at the University Montesquieu Bordeaux IV) and an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe, Natolin (Keynes promotion). In 2017, she was awarded the College of Europe - United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies prize for her thesis, which offered her the opportunity to undertake a fellowship with UNU-CRIS in Bruges. Prior to joining the College, Oleksandra completed a Blue Book traineeship at the European Commission.

Apart from the analyst position at IBM, her prior work experience included internships at the Human Rights Department at the Legal Clinic of the Jagiellonian University and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland; and traineeships at the Department of Legal and Institutional Affairs of the University of Montpellier III and at the International Partnership for Human Rights in Brussels. Oleksandra was involved as co-founder and coordinator of the International Network on Legal Assistance to Refugees, and as fellow and programme assistant at Humanity in Action.

Fields of interest: international law, post-Soviet space, minority rights, migration, statelessness, human rights protection.


Recent publications

Zmiyenko, Oleksandra. "The EU: Power(less) in Statelessness? The Case of the Baltic States". The Journal of Social Policy Studies,  vol. 16, no. 4, 2018, pp. 677-690. 

Zmiyenko, Oleksandra. "Acquis or not acquis: statelessness in the context of forced migration". DPCE Online, vol. 45, no. 4, 2020.