A conversation with...Prosecutor General of Ukraine Andriy Kostin

Monday 30 October 2023

Andriy Kostin was appointed as the Prosecutor General on 28 July 2022.

Prosecutor General Kostin is a graduate from Odesa National University, the Faculty of Law. Earlier in his career, he held several positions in Odesa and internationally as a practicing lawyer. He has worked as an attorney at Polonsky & Partners from 1995 to 1998. From 1998 onwards, he worked as the Deputy Director and later on, as the Director of the law firm “Pravo.” Prosecutor General Kostin was a member of the governing body of the International Bar Association – the IBA Council from 2013 to 2015.

In 2019, Prosecutor General Kostin was elected as a member of the Parliament to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, becoming the Head of the Legal Policy Committee in 2020 and leading its work till 2022.

He has also served as the Chairman of the Subcommittee responsible for the Implementation of the Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights as well as a member of the Ukrainian Delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) at the negotiations with Russian Federation in Istanbul, Turkey.

In August 2021, President Volodymyr Zelensky awarded Prosecutor General Kostin with the honorary title of “Honored Lawyer of Ukraine” for “the significant professional achievements and years of ethical work, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of independence of Ukraine.”

Bringing to justice all Russian war criminals, upholding the integrity and independence of prosecutors as well as promoting strong and independent Prosecution Service based on the principles of the rule of law and human rights are among the top priorities of the Chief Prosecutor of Ukraine.