Ruslan Sydorovych Runs for the Position of a CCU Judge

2021-02-18

KYIV - February 18, 2021. Today, for the second time, the Parliament has on the agenda the issue of electing two judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. Among the candidates for the position are Ruslan Sydorovych, a member of the Ukrainian Bar Association, a partner of Ario Law Firm, a People's Deputy of the VIII convocation.

The competition for the selection of candidates for the position of a CCU judge began on January 31, 2020. Afterwards, following an interview with members of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy, Mr. Sydorovych was recommended for the final stage of selection for the position of a CCU judge. The candidate stressed that February 18 will undoubtedly go down in the history of Ukraine. At the same time, in his opinion, for most citizens the Constitution, unfortunately, is a document that is rarely useful in everyday life:

"Although in fact the provisions of the Basic Law contain a significant number of provisions that protect our rights and limit the arbitrariness of the authorities. I am deeply convinced that this untapped potential of the Constitution will eventually be realized and the concept of "human rights" will become a cornerstone in the functioning not only of the CCU, but also of all public authorities.

For me personally, the Constitution is an indestructible shield, and the Constitutional Court is an all-pervading sword that serves a single purpose - the establishment of human rights and human dignity.

It is no coincidence that Article 157 of the Constitution, which establishes reservations about the purpose of changes to it, in the first place makes inadmissible violations of human rights that precede other, also certainly crucial things - the elimination of independence or violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Moreover, the notion of human dignity as a fundamental value is enshrined not only in the Ukrainian Constitution, but also in international legal acts. Article 15 of the European Convention on Human Rights refers to human dignity as a short list of human rights that cannot be restricted in time of war or state of emergency.

That is why I am deeply convinced that the issue of delegating two new members to the CCU from the highest representative body of the state - the parliament - can be a turning point for the establishment of real, not just written, rule of law.

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