Natalia Okhotnikova

Natalia Okhotnikova

enforced disappearances project researcher

In 2007, graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Karazin Kharkiv National University, working there for another 7 years as a professor of legal disciplines unable to say goodbye to the university quickly.

Human rights lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights with more than 10 years of experience. Ranked 8th in the ranking of Ukrainian lawyers practicing at ECHR – ECHR Lawyer Ranking 2019 (UA).

Won 18 cases in ECHR against Ukraine which have been influencing the legal reality of Ukraine, in particular, regarding torture and ill-treatment of women and men, failure to provide medical care in places of detention, gender discrimination.

Mentor of the first ECHR judgment in the case against Ukraine regarding domestic violence “Levchuk v. Ukraine”, which became one of the important levers for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

Specializes in international human rights law, international humanitarian law, women’s rights, rights of vulnerable groups, human rights in armed conflict.

Author and co-author of many documents and publications devoted to the analysis of war crimes submitted to the International Criminal Court, the UN Committee against Torture, and other UN mechanisms, as well as five thematic reports of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

Believes in the good which can hold its own, strategic litigation, inevitability of punishment, and the world cat secret congress on human control.