Dr Viktor Savchenko

LLM Karazin, DPhil NALS Ukraine
Research Fellow

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Viktor is visiting from V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, where he is an Associate Professor in Civil Law. Whilst in Oxford Viktor is working with Professor Thomas Douglas (Professor of Applied Philosophy based in the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics), confronting the question ‘which influences on a person’s mental life and behaviour infringe that person’s fundamental rights?’. 

Viktor holds a PhD in Law from the Research Institute of Private Law and Entrepreneurship, Ukraine, and a Masters in Law from V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine. He is currently completing postdoctoral research in fulfilment of the requirements for a Doctor of Laws. His research (i) argues that non-property legal rights over the person can be grounded in human autonomy, (ii) explores the precise relationship between autonomy and these rights, and (iii) examines whether and when external mental and behavioural influences, including advertising, persuasive digital technologies, and psychiatric medications, infringe these rights. 

Viktor is funded by the British Academy’s Researchers at Risk Fellowship scheme, in association with Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics) and the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

Recent publications: 

  • Savchenko V, ‘Questions of delimitation of absolute and personal non-property human rights’, Young Scientist Publishing House 2021; 4448.
  • Savchenko V, ‘Legal understanding of freedom of will in the views of individual soviet and Ukrainian scientists’, CFEND 2021.
  • Savchenko V, ‘Generalization of the relationship between freedom of will and the principles of civil law’, Grail of Science, Vienna 2021; 7: 108109.
  • Savchenko V, ‘Subjects and legal consequences of occupational pathology’, Journal of Eastern European Law 2020; 73: 113120.