Memorial service set for UO law professor Svitlana Kravchenko
A memorial service for University of Oregon law professor Svitlana Kravchenko, who died Feb. 10 following a heart attack, was planned for 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, in room 175 of the UO School of Law. Kravchenko was 62.
Speakers from around the world – including a Brazilian Supreme Court justice – were expected to join the service by way of Skype.
Kravchenko was a pioneer in the fields of environmental and climate law, lectured widely during her travels to more than 70 countries and was the author of 12 books and more than 190 articles and book chapters.
She taught for 10 years at the UO School of Law, and for a total of 35 years. She taught for 25 years at Lviv National University in Ukraine.
Kravchenko is survived by her husband, UO law professor John E. Bonine, whom she first met at an environmental conference in Ukraine in 1994. She also leaves a daughter, Maria Kostytska, who practices law in Paris; and niece Lena Kravchenko, who is executive director of Environment-People-Law in Lviv, Ukraine.
Bonine and Lena Kravchenko invited friends and colleagues to the UO memorial service to honor Svitlana Kravchenko’s memory and help inspire others to carry her vision forward.
“Her impact is not characterized by what she did, but by how she inspired,” Bonine told the Oregon Daily Emerald.
“Her niece used to say, ‘She had some ideas that some people thought were crazy, and then she implemented them and they were no longer crazy,’” Bonine told the student newspaper.
Kravchenko was director of the master of laws program in environmental and natural resources law at the UO School of Law. She was the founder and president of Environment-People-Law, the first public interest environmental law firm in Ukraine; co-founder and co-director of the Association of Environmental Law of Central and Eastern Europe; and an elected regional governor of the International Council of Environmental Law.
“Professor Kravchenko accomplished more on the international stage than perhaps anyone in the School of Law’s 128-year history,” Michael Moffitt, the UO law school’s dean, said in a statement. “She enjoyed international acclaim for her scholarship and her advocacy, which improved our school, our state and our world.”
During a brief time in the hospital following her heart attack, more than 300 messages arrived from over 60 countries to offer support and prayers.
Kravchenko recently was honored with the International Union for Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law’s Senior Scholarship Prize. The criteria for the award included the originality, intellectual influence and international significance of Kravchenko’s publications in environmental law.
“We face a world that contains great beauty and is populated by humans capable of great acts of generosity,” she said in accepting the prize.
She urged scholars to help move society “toward beauty and generosity” and said an academic career “is the most fun thing you can do with your life.”
An online tribute to Kravchenko is available on the UO School of Law website.