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A launch event for Forced Migration Review, issue 72.

FMR 72 Ukraine: Insights and implications seeks to address questions that have arisen out of the war on Ukraine, reflecting on the lessons learned from the immediate response and the implications for the international refugee and asylum system. During this launch event, four authors will discuss the issues raised in their articles, including the strengths and weaknesses of the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive, pro bono legal support for Ukrainian refugees and the challenges faced by stateless people in Ukraine. 

Please register on Zoom.

Interpretation is available in Ukrainian and Russian.


Alex Mundt

Principal Situation Coordinator for UNHCR in Ukraine

Alexander Mundt is currently the Principal Situation Coordinator for UNHCR in Ukraine. Prior to this, he served as Senior Policy Advisor in UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for Europe, head of Protection in Afghanistan, and as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Centre for Humanitarian Negotiation, a joint initiative of UNHCR, WFP, ICRC, MSF and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. He was awarded an International Affairs Fellowship by the US Council on Foreign Relations and has served as a visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Project on Internal Displacement in 2010. In over 20 years with UNHCR, Mr. Mundt’s has served in Sierra Leone, Darfur, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Poland, Ukraine and UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva. Prior to joining UNHCR, Mr. Mundt worked for the International Rescue Committee in Burundi and Macedonia and for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights in Washington D.C. A former Fulbright Scholar, his research and publications have focused extensively on issues affecting refugees and internally displaced people.

Anna Kalinichenko

Senior Pro Bono Lawyer, DLA Piper

Anna Kalinichenko is a certified Ukrainian attorney-at-law with 14 years of experience of working in the legal sector. As a lawyer in Ukraine, Anna specialised in banking and finance law, acting as local legal counsel in a variety of cross-border and local transactions and providing clients with regulatory advice. She worked as an in-house lawyer at a metallurgical company and as a senior associate at the local and international law firms. Due to the war Anna had to leave Ukraine and joined the global law firm DLA Piper as a senior pro bono associate. Currently she is based in Warsaw and is a member of the European pro bono team. Anna coordinates various pro bono projects, including multijurisdictional ones, and manages pro bono work in several European jurisdictions. As a person with lived experience, she led the DLA Piper response to the Ukraine refugee crises in Europe and was involved in a number of Ukraine related projects, eg country-level legal information factsheets, legal educational seminars for Ukrainians in several European countries, collaborative projects with different organisations who provide support to the refugees from Ukraine. 

Aleksejs Ivashuk

Founder of Apatride Network

Aleksejs Ivashuk is the Founder of Apatride Network, a coalition of stateless individuals, communities and stateless-led organisations working on addressing statelessness in the EU. He is also an associate member of ENS, Co-Lead of Global Movement Against Statelessness, and serves on UNHCR's Advisory Board of Organisations led by the forcibly displaced and stateless. Previously, Aleksejs worked for Thomson Reuters, IPSA International, the Green Party of Canada, the U.S. Senate, and was actively involved with the Canadian Red Cross in its First Response and Disaster Management programs. He holds Political Science MA from Simon Fraser University, Canada. Aleksejs has published on the topic of statelessness with Oxford’s FMR and Swiss Refugee Council.

Emiliya Bratanova van Harten

PhD candidate, Lund University

Emiliya Bratanova van Harten is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, Lund University since 2021. Her project is preliminarily entitled 'Legal Pathways to Protection in the European Union: from Access to Territory to Refugee Integration'. Emiliya has extensive experience as a refugee integration expert at the UNHCR in Bulgaria where she worked on integration-related matters. She holds an LLM degree in European and International Human Rights Law from Leiden University and an MSc in Social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. She has written on how to understand refugee integration from a legal perspective and is interested in the links between integration and temporariness of refugee protection.

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