Dr. Dmytro Vovk teaches law and runs the Center for the Rule of Law and Religion Studies at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and co-edits the blog Talk About: Religion and Law. He works as an expert on the rule of law and religious freedom for the UNFPA, OSCE/ODIHR, the Council of Europe, Freedom House, and the USAID, and is an academic adviser to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the Ukrainian State Agency for Ethnic Policies and Freedom of Conscience. In 2019, Vovk was appointed a member of the OSCE/ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief.
Dr. Vovk was a Kennan-Fulbright Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the United States (2017), a Visiting Scholar at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, BYU Law School (2018–19), a Virtual Visitor to Northwestern Buffett Institute Global Affairs (2022), and a member of the inaugural class of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies’ Young Scholars Fellowship on Religion and the Rule of Law held at Christ Church, Oxford, United Kingdom, in 2018.
Among his recent authored publications are the chapters “Forced Displacement, Religious Freedom and the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict,” for a volume forthcoming from the Amsterdam University Press, and “Soviet Law and Political Religion,” in Law as Religion, Religion as Law, forthcoming from the Cambridge University Press; and the policy paper Religion and Forced Displacement in Ukraine (2020). He co-edited with Elizabeth A. Clark Religion During the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict (Routledge 2020). And he has translated W. Cole Durham, Jr.’s, and Brett G. Scharffs’s Law and Religion: National, International and Comparative Perspective (Russian translation, forthcoming in 2021) and Paul Gowder’s Rule of Law in the Real World (Ukrainian translation, 2018).
Talk About posts by Dmytro Vovk:
- Video: Freedom of Religion or Belief Builds Security
- Christianity, Human Rights, and Dignity: Squaring the Triangle (with Brett G. Scharffs and Andrea Pin)
- Limited Progress: Religious Freedom and Covenantal Pluralism in Uzbekistan (with Elizabeth Clark)
- God in Secular Constitutions
- Competition of Conspiracies: Conflicting Narratives of COVID-19 within the Grassroots Russian Orthodox Milieu (with Elizaveta Gaufman)
- Religion is a weapon and a victim of the conflict in Ukraine
- Religious Freedom and Security as Mutually Reinforcing Objectives: Reflections on the New OSCE/ODIHR Policy Guidance
- The Names of Religious Groups and Security-Related Concerns
- (Anti)Religious Speech and State Security Measures
- Religious Policies under President Zelensky
- The Chained Wife Problem: Religious and Secular Perspectives