Valeriya Volodymyrivna Lutkovska (Ukrainian: Валерія Володимирівна Лутковська; born 20 January 1972) is a Ukrainian lawyer. She was appointed Ombudsman of Ukraine in April 2012.
Early life and education
Lutkovska was born on 20 January 1972 in Kiev. In 1993, she graduated from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, having studied philology and Russian language and literature. In 1999, she completed a specialist degree in law (jurist) at the National Academy of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.
In August 1994, Lutkovska began teaching German and Russian languages and foreign literature at Kyiv High School № 149. A year later, she became the chief consultant for the International Legal Cooperation Department at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. In October 1996, she became the deputy head of the Department for International Relations at Ukraine's Ministry of Family and Youth.
From October 1997 to September 2003, Lutkovska worked as the Deputy Head of Unit for International Legal Assistance and Cooperation of Department for International Legal Activity; Deputy Head of Department for International Cooperation and Legal Assistance; First Deputy Head of the International Law Department; Deputy Head, Head of the National Bureau of the Observance of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms; Commissioner for the Observance of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.
From September 2003 to December 2005, she served as a Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine; Commissioner for the Observance of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. She then became the Deputy Director on issues of judicial defence at the law firm “Lavrynovych & Partners” until November 2006, when she was again named a Deputy Minister of Justice. From January 2011 to April 2012, she was a government agent before the European Court of Human Rights.
In April 2012, the Verkhovna Rada appointed Lutkovska to the position of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights. She assumed office on 27 April 2012, taking her oath at the plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada.
Awards and honorary titles
12.2000 – Certificate of Merit of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine
12.2004 – Order of Princess Olga, 3rd Class
Honored Jurist of Ukraine.