Oleksandra Zmiyenko holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Jagiellonian University of Kraków and MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe, Natolin. During her year at the College of Europe, Oleksandra was an active member of Migration and Asylum Awareness Society and developed a research project on statelessness. She was awarded the College of Europe UNU-CRIS prize for the Best Thesis on the EU and Other World Regions, which offers the opportunity to undertake a six month paid internship with UNU-CRIS.
Oleksandra is co-founder and project coordinator of the International Network on Legal Assistance to Refugees. Previously, she spent a year undertaking work in the Human Rights Department at the Legal Clinic of the Jagiellonian University, representing asylum seekers in administrative proceedings; worked on the research project on international regulations on student placements at the Department of Legal and Institutional Affairs of the University of Montpellier III; was involved as a fellow and an intern at Humanity in Action (Warsaw ad Amsterdam), worked as an analyst at IBM; completed a traineeship at the International Partnership for Human Rights (Brussels) in frames of Pat Cox-Humanity in Action Fellowship Program and was interning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. She has also participated in the Visegrad School of Political Studies (member of the Council of Europe’s Schools of Political Studies network) Migration Program. Throughout Oleksandra’s eclectic experience, her academic and professional interests included mainly international law, migration and human rights protection.