Presentation of the Training Course on Open Data in Legal Practice Was Held

The Students League of the Ukrainian Bar Association(UBA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Digital Transformation and Leonid Yuzkov Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law and with support from the USAID New Justice Program, held a presentation of the training course on Working with Open Data in Legal Practice on April 19.

This training course is intended to help students gain comprehensive knowledge, proficiency, and practical skills needed to work with open data and legal style of thinking by strengthening a digital component in training and legal practice. IK Law Improvement Team implemented the project after the latter had won the legal education reform hackathon. The hackathon was organized by the UBA Students League with support from the USAID New Justice Program and held in late 2020 to foster legal education in Ukraine.

All of us are well aware of the importance of open data for legal practice. It is good that the legal community and government authorities share a common vision of how to solve the problem of access to open data. At the end of the day, access to open data should improve living standards of ordinary people. This year, the Ministry is planning to open over 1,000 data sets,” told Mstyslav Banik, Director of the e-Government Development Directorate of the Ministry of Digital Transformation.

Even if it were no problems with access to open data, it is important to use open data efficiently. That is why it is expected that law school students who have completed the Working with Open Data in Legal Practice Course will be capable: to collect and make an integrated analysis of materials from various sources; to develop and reconcile a plan for conducting own research and collecting materials from identified sources on one’s own; to use various sources of information for the full and comprehensive establishment of matters of law; to properly use statistics received from primary and secondary sources in professional activities, etc.

In order to develop legal skills, it is essential to have students participate in research and use the results thereof in practice. In the modern world, this requires that one possess practical skills in working with open data. All the more so, one needs to master such skills to be competitive in the labor market. That is why teaching this course in Ukrainian law schools will become a significant part of the process of improving the quality of legal education,” stressed David Vaughn, the USAID New Justice Program Chief of Party.

The program of the course was presented in details by its authors and engaged experts: Dmytro Hudyma, Justice of the Supreme Court Grand Chamber; Denis Ivanov, Head of the Expert Group on Implementing and Assessing the Quality of Electronic Services of the Ministry of Digital Transformation; Tetyana Komarova, Professor, EU Law Department, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University; Yuri Bilousov, Professor, Leonid Yuzkov Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law and Head of Khmelnytskyi region office of UBA. Kateryna Mukomela and Ivan Kohut, students of Leonid Yuzkov Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law, also contributed to the presentation of the course.

After the event, Mykhailo Kornieiev, Head of the Expert Group on Open Data Development of the Ministry of Digital Transformation, announced a training program for teachers interested in implementing the course in law schools. At the moment, one round of training is planned. If many people are willing to enroll in the program, Ministry may conduct such training events regularly. Those willing to enroll in the program will have to pass an entrance test. Based on their skills in using open data, the trainees will be divided into groups, and the training program will be adapted to the needs of each group. The pilot testing is scheduled for late April so that classes could begin in May. Trainees who have completed the program and passed the final test will receive attendance certificates from the Ministry of Digital Transformation.