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"Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute" - impressions from this year's participants from Ukraine

This year under joint program of the Professional Lobbying and Advocacy Institute in Ukraine and Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University, two participants from Ukraine took part at course on professional lobbying and advocacy in USA.

Two-week professional training “Art and craft of lobbying” was held on 11-23 May 2015 in Washington, DC.

This course is for students and young professionals and aims to form consistent and strategic understanding of lobbying process, brief on tools used in advocacy campaigns as well as teach how to define the most efficient tools and use them based on your campaign’s goals and tasks.

On top of that, during the course significant attention was paid to ethical norms and rules in lobbying sphere.

Khrystyna Vilyura, this-year participant, share her impressions about the course: “Course on an art of lobbying is interesting for students who want to build their career in the lobbying as well as for young professionals.The program is built to give a theoretical base of profession and sphere and to learn how to use this knowledge.

More than 30 professionals – lobbyists and representatives of state authorities and NGOs shared their experience, case studies and decisions made in challenging situations. It is irreplaceable and crucial experience to have a conversation with these specialists who works with most powerful people in the world: congressmen, CEOs and owners of biggest world corporations, directors of largest international NGOs.

Definition of the term lobbying

In a Supreme Court decision United States v. Harris (1954) which established the constitutionality of the act about the federal regulation of lobbying of 1946, lobbying was defined as direct attempts to influence legislation through direct interaction with Congressmen.

O. Liubimov, a representative of Russian constitutionalism, notes that lobbying is a collection of norms which regulate the interaction (participation) of citizens, civic groups, organizations, institutions that specialize in lobbying activities, other matters of legal relations with government administration, in order to achieve influence on the ratification of decisions necessary for lobbyists and for an active protection of their interests.

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