Dr. Zoryana Vovchok is the Director of the Department of Legal Affairs at the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). She joined FANR as a Specialist of Legal Affairs in August 2015 after a 7-year career at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.
At the IAEA, Dr. Vovchok had several positions, the last as a Coordination Officer in the Director General’s Office for Coordination. Ms Vovchok started working at the IAEA in 2008, first as an intern in the section on Nuclear and Treaty Law of the Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), and then as an External Relations and Policy Officer at the Office of External Relations and Policy Coordination (EXPO) and later as a Policy Planning Officer in the Director General’s Office for Policy (DGOP) where she worked on the areas of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security. She was also involved in the development of innovative nuclear projects in the framework of international cooperation in nuclear field, such as Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, including assurances of supply of nuclear fuel.
Prior to joining the IAEA, Zoryana was pursuing her studies for a PhD in International Studies, major in International Law, at the University of Trento (Italy). In April 2010, she defended her Doctoral Dissertation entitled “The Role of the United Nations Security Council in the Strengthening of the Withdrawal Clause of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons”. In October 2011, she published a book based on her PhD dissertation.
Dr. Vovchok holds an MA (with Honours) in International Law from the Faculty of International Relations of the Lviv Ivan Franko National University (Lviv, Ukraine) and an MA in International Studies, specializing in International Law, from the University of Trento (Trento, Italy). She was awarded two scholarships by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a fellowship from the University Institute of European Studies (Turin, Italy).
Dr. Vovchok is a member of the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and is the author of several publications.