Oleksandra Zmiyenko

Fellow, United Nations University-Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)
Bruges, Belgium

HIA Program:

Poland Poland 2015


Oleksandra is co-founder and project coordinator of the International Network on Legal Assistance to Refugees; responsible for its implementation in Poland (the project aims at creating a network of legal professionals, NGOs and volunteer translators to address lack of cooperation between these stakeholders and to advocate for pro bono legal assistance). She earned a Master's degree in law at Jagiellonian University (Poland) and an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of Europe, where she developed a research project on statelessness and received a "Best Thesis" award from United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS), which allowed her to start her research fellowship in Bruges. Previously, Oleksandra spent a year undertaking work in the Human Rights department at the Legal Clinic of the Jagiellonian University, representing asylum seekers in administrative proceedings. Since 2016 she was involved in VSPS Migration Program - a program designed to influence and shape the public debate on migration in Visegrad countries and Germany. As a Pat Cox-HIA Fellow Oleksandra worked at the International Partnership for Human Rights, focusing on Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. Her academic and professional interests include international law, migration and human rights protection.