Denys Kovryzhenko, Senior Legal Adviser, Ukraine
Denys Kovryzhenko is a senior legal adviser for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). He is an electoral and political finance expert in Europe with more than 15 years of experience in democratic development, including electoral legal framework and practice, political party regulation, and women’s empowerment. Kovryzhenko is also a key Ukrainian expert on political finance regulation and elections. Before joining IFES in 2012, he worked as an adviser to members of Parliament, including the Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, and consulted with a number of key international and national democracy organizations, including Transparency International, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR).
Kovryzhenko co-authored the 2010 OSCE/ODIHR and Venice Commission’s Guidelines for Political Party Regulation and led research for Transparency International’s 2011 National Integrity System Assessment for Ukraine. Moreover, Kovryzhenko has been the key drafter of major bills related to political finance regulation in Ukraine, including the 2003 Law on Introduction of Public Funding of Political Parties and 2015 Political Finance Reform Law. He has also contributed to a series of draft laws, including the draft Law on Regulation of Lobbyism in Parliament in 2005; a draft Parliamentary Election Law, which received a positive feedback from the Venice Commission in 2008; the draft National Referendum Law in 2014; one of the draft Local Election Laws in 2015; and 2014 amendments to the Criminal Code that aimed to strengthen sanctions for electoral offences.
Kovryzhenko has expertise in electoral system design, election administration and management, election dispute resolution, media and campaign regulation, political and campaign finance, women’s representation in politics, and counteraction to corruption.