Anastasiia Sydorenko: “My country and the Ukrainian people deserve the best once the peace comes. I am sure that the study and training at the University of Miami School of Law will let me deepen and broaden the expertise in the field of international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in general.” Photo courtesy of Miami Law.

International arbitration lawyer Anastasiia Sydorenko had settled into working as an associate with a local law firm in Kyiv in commercial disputes and trade matters when Russia invaded her country February 24.

The recent graduate — with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in law from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv — and mother, brother, aunt, and cousin escaped to Berlin, Germany, as the 24-year-old’s legal priority shifted to contributing to the postwar restoration of Ukraine. (Her father stayed behind in the countryside with his parents to support the war effort.)