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Andriy Vyshnevsky is a lawyer and an expert in the area of public administration and justice sector reforms having 13-year experience on leading positions in public administration in Ukraine. In particular, he was responsible for implementation of the new Law on Legal Aid in 2011–2017. A nation-wide legal aid system in Ukraine was developed from the scratch under his leadership. At the moment of his promotion to the position of Deputy Minister of Justice in April 2017, the Legal Aid System included a network of 121 legal aid centers, covering the whole territory of Ukraine, with 550 access points in all cities, towns and districts of Ukraine, staff of 3 598 employees, more than 5 000 selected and contracted private lawyers and 5 professional networking hubs in 5 the most populous cities of Ukraine. The new public institution has been providing legal aid to at least one million vulnerable people in criminal, civil and administrative cases annually, including legal advice, public defense and litigation. Mr. Vyshnevsky used to be a member of the expert group drafted the Model Law on Legal Aid in Criminal Justice System at UNODC in 2014–2017. He participated on behalf of Ukraine in the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar, 12–19 April 2015. The statement proposed by Ukraine and included into the Doha Declaration calls on UN member states “to review and reform legal aid policies for extending access to effective legal aid in criminal proceedings for those without sufficient means or when the interests of justice so require, including, when necessary, through the development of national plans in this area, and to build capacity to provide and ensure access to effective legal aid in all matters and in all its forms, taking into account the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems”. Mr. Vyshnevsky made a presentation of a success story of Ukraine at the 2nd International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 15–17 November 2016. After resignation from the position of Deputy Minister of Justice in June 2017 Andriy Vyshnevsky has been working as a National Consultant for the Council of Europe, OSCE/ODIHR, UN Women and being engaged in a wide range of activities within non-government sector in Ukraine. Thus, he is a Member of the Board of Ukrainian Bar Association and Transparency International Ukraine. He is also leading the Tomorrow`s Lawyer, which is a professional development program for Ukrainian lawyers, including extensive trainings and networking. The Program was founded by Mr. Vyshnevsky in cooperation with Canadian Bureau of International Education and Canadian Bar Association in 2016. Key focus of the program is improving soft skills needed for lawyers to provide legal services of the best quality according to the highest ethical standards. The community of Tomorrow’s Lawyer Program alumni and trainees unites more than 300 prominent lawyers from all regions of Ukraine, who are effective agents of change and advocates of democratic reforms. Since 2018 Tomorrow`s Lawyer has been being supported by the US Department of State.