Hanna Tereshko

Hanna graduated from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy – one of the most reputable universities in Ukraine. Her professional legal career began in 2013 when she started to work as an assistant attorney at a boutique law firm and after that as a legal counsel at an international trading company. Currently, she is a lawyer with more than 8 years of professional experience in corporate law and she works as an in-house legal counsel.

Her path in animal protection started when she was a third-year law student and provided pro bono legal services to animal protection volunteers. After meeting with representatives of the Polish animal protection movement, she established and became a first Ukrainian volunteer of NGO Open Cages Ukraine – part of Open Wing Alliance. Open Cages Ukraine is focusing primarily on farmed animals protection and promotion of vegan diet among Ukrainians. Hanna has served as a CEO of Open Cages Ukraine and the first Ukrainian farmed animals’ protection conference “For animals” was arranged in 2018 under her supervision.

Currently she serves as a deputy head of the Committee on natural resources and ecology law of the Ukrainian Bar association.

Hanna applied to the Animal Law LLM Program at Lewis & Clark Law School to improve her expertise in international animal law and protection of farmed animals as well to work on her main interest - nonhuman animals legal personhood. She hopes to expand her knowledge and skills by learning from top Animal Law professors and like-minded classmates from around the world to further apply this knowledge in her future career.

Hanna has been selected to receive an International Advocates Animal Law LLM Scholarship.