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FACT FINDING MISSION:

WAR CRIMES

Kyiv, Ukraine

December 2023

BUD President Eric Putzig had a one-on-one meeting with a Ukrainian Prosecutor investigating Russian war crimes.

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BOMB SHELTER LECTURE:

DEMOCRACY 

Lviv Polytechnic National University

Lviv, Ukraine

November 2023

A lecture on the subject of democracy was interrupted by Russian terror activities.  BUD quickly moved with students and faculty to a bomb shelter and continued the lecture.  Later, BUD also met with top representatives of the bachelor of law program at LPNU, including Doctor Vitaliy B. Kovalchuk of the Department of Theory of Law and Constitutionalism, and many students.

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WEEKLY COURSE: DEMOCRACY

Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University and Lutsk National Technical University

Lutsk, Ukraine

Fall 2023

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Students of VNU and LNTU again joined together during the autumn semester of 2023 for the new “Democracy” course created by BUD. The course was delivered twice a week by Eric Putzig (BUD President) to students of various faculties from both universities.  The alpha testing phase now complete, revisions will be incorporated.

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OUTREACH: UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 

Lutsk, Ukraine

November 2023

Build Ukraine Democracy (BUD) believes in positive relationships with students at Ukrainian universities.  We believe it is important to show that people outside of Ukraine care about democracy and Ukrainian lives.  In this photo the top students which participated in the alpha stage testing of the new Democracy course - from VNU and LNTU - enjoy a dinner with BUD President Eric Putzig.  The students received 11,000 UAH for their academic achievements.

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LECTURE: DEMOCRACY 

Ivan Franko National University

Lviv, Ukraine

November 2023

BUD President Eric Putzig discusses global democratic trends with LNU staff and students.

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LECTURE: DEMOCRACY 

Ukrainian Catholic University

Lviv, Ukraine

November 2023

BUD President Eric Putzig and UCU students discussed the historical context of, and future challenges facing, democracy.

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FACT FINDING MISSION:

NATIONAL PARLIAMENT

Lutsk, Ukraine

October 2023

BUD was honored to meet with Ukrainian Parliament member Iryna Konstankevych, First Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy. BUD regularly consults with universities and various government offices. L to R: People’s Deputy Iryna Konstankevych, BUD President Eric Putzig, BUD Senior Consultant Dean Anton Demchuk.

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LECTURE: DEMOCRACY

Uzhhorod National University

Uzhhorod, Ukraine

November 2023

Dean Yaroslav Lazur of the UzhNU Faculty of Law hosted Build Ukraine Democracy (BUD) in Uzhhorod. The fact-finding mission included meetings to discuss possible cooperation in the future, and a lecture by BUD representatives on the topic of democracy to university students.

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FACT FINDING MISSION:

COURT ADMINISTRATION

Lutsk, Ukraine

October 2023

Continuing with its fact-finding missions to create Ukrainian democracy programs in 2024 BUD consults with universities and various government offices. In October of 2023 we were honored to speak with the head of the Volyn Court of Appeals, Judge Haponchuk Viktor.

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BUILD UKRAINE DEMOCRACY:  501(C)3 STATUS GRANTED

DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Washington, DC

September 2023

The US Government granted BUD 501(c)3 status: All donations are tax deductible.  Dean Anton Demchuk (BUD Senior Consultant) brings a wealth of experience in the field of law, university administration, and politics. His knowledge of local and national government and education is invaluable. Eric Putzig (BUD President) has lived outside the United States in 12 countries for 23 years typically managing US Government projects that develop institutions of law in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cambodia, Indonesia, Jordan, East Timor, and others.

OUTREACH: PUBLIC SPEAKING

LUBART'S CASTLE

Lutsk, Ukraine

September 2023

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Within the grounds of historic Lubart's Castle BUD presented to the public the lecture “The Democratic Spirit and the Uncertain Future”.  BUD will accept more public speaking events in 2024.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LAW REFORM

Volyn Oblast, Ukraine

September 2023

Dean Anton Demchuk (BUD Senior Consultant) and Eric Putzig (BUD President) regularly present various topics related to democracy and the Ukrainian fight for a free and just society.  Both delivered presentations (investment and corruption, respectively) at a conference on law reform in Volyn Oblast, Ukraine.

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OUTREACH: FIELD TRIP

Kyiv, Ukraine

August 2023

Build Ukraine Democracy sponsored a four-day cultural tour of Kyiv for the 16 top students of the "Legislating for Democratic Social Change" course from Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University (VNU) and Lutsk National Technical University (LNTU). Awards were given to two students (see solo photos) for their presentations on historical sights – emphasizing the richness of Ukrainian culture - in Kyiv.  BUD believes in support beyond the classroom: Wartime has severely limited students' opportunities so BUD sponsors social events, field trips, and friendly competitions.  Showing we care matters.

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Yuriy:

VNU winner

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Oksana:

LNTU winner

OUTREACH: UNIVERSITY COMPETITION

ON LEGISLATIVE STRUCTURE

Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University and Lutsk National Technical University

Lutsk, Ukraine

May 2023

Build Ukraine Democracy hosted a student competition on the subject of structuring legislation. The competition was one part of the “Legislating for Democratic Social Change” course in which students from Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University and Lutsk National Technical University worked together to draft legislation for a better Ukrainian future. In a show of true national pride, the students donated all their winnings – 8,000 UAH – to the Ukrainian military.

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OUTREACH: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Lutsk, Ukraine

2023 onward 

BUD outreach programs include regularly speaking to Ukrainian high school students about the history of democracy, democratic principles, and why it is worth fighting for.  We believe it is important that the younger generation see that people from outside of Ukraine care about democracy, care about Ukraine, and care about them.  

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WEEKLY COURSE: LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING

Lutsk, Ukraine

Spring 2023

During the spring semester of 2023 Build Ukraine Democracy created and taught the new course “Legal Research and Writing”. Students from Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University (VNU) and Lutsk National Technical University (LNTU) attended jointly. BUD, VNU, and LNTU are proud of their successful efforts to bring together students from different universities: A first for both universities.

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WEEKLY COURSE: LEGISLATING FOR DEMOCRATIC SOCIAL CHANGE

Lutsk, Ukraine

Spring 2023

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Due to Dean Anton Demchuk’s (BUD Senior Consultant) efforts, BUD has successfully created three university courses that were attended simultaneously by students of two national universities: A first for both institutions. In the photo, Eric Putzig (BUD Executive Director) introduces the new course “Legislating for Democratic Social Change” to students of Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University and Lutsk National Technical University.

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OUTREACH: DEMOCRACY 

Lutsk, Ukraine

February 2023

Prior to Build Ukraine Democracy (BUD) being formally created Dean Anton Demchuk (BUD Senior Consultant) presented Eric Putzig (BUD President) to over 100 Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University professors and administrators.  Mr. Putzig discussed his background and then gave a presentation on the subject of democracy and the current global challenges it faces.

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FIRST STEPS 

Lutsk, Ukraine

February 2023

The BUD concept emerged from meetings in Ukraine with representatives of national universities. In this photo, Eric Putzig and Dean Anton Demchuk (first and second from left) meet with the Rector of Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University in late February 2023, and later also meet with the leadership of Lutsk National Technical University. While Mr. Putzig created and taught various courses at both universities, he and Dean Demchuk developed programmatic ideas around the theme of democracy: thus, Build Ukraine Democracy was born. By September 2023, "BUD" was registered in Texas, USA and was granted 501c3 tax-exempt status by the U.S. government.

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