Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor, Honoured Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, the State Prize of Ukraine Laureate, Hero of Ukraine
After graduating from the Kharkiv Law Institute, Vasyl Tatsii worked as Assistant District Prosecutor and Prosecutor of the Department for Supervision of Criminal Proceedings in the Poltava Regional Prosecutor’s Office. Since 1966 Prof. Tatsii has been working at Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (former Kharkiv Law Institute) as a post-graduate researcher, senior lecturer, associate professor, deputy dean, Vice-Rector for Research, from July, 1987 to December, 2020 as the Rector of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University. Since January 2021 – as an advisor to the Rector, Honorary Rector of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University.
Prof. Tatsii defended his dissertation for the degree of Candidate of Legal Sciences (PhD) on the topic “Criminal liability for commercial mediation” in 1970. He was awarded the academic title of associate professor in 1973. In 1984 he defended his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Legal Sciences on the topic “Problems of responsibility for economic crimes: the object and system”. He was awarded the academic title of professor in 1985.
From 1993 to 2016 Vasyl Tatsii was the President, and since 2016 – Honorary President, Advisor to the Presidium of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine – the highest legal research institution of Ukraine, created on his initiative and with his direct active participation.
Since 1993 he has been a member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine, in 1997 he was elected a full member (academician) of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Department of History, Philosophy and Law).
Vasyl Tatsii is an author of more than 800 research papers, including about 60 monographs, textbooks and manuals. His works are devoted to the study of fundamental problems of criminal law (grounds for criminal responsibility, corpus delicti, object of criminal law protection, crimes against the foundations of national security, crimes in the field of economic activity, crimes against the environment, etc.), problems of theory of state and law (methodology of legal science, comparative legal research and law enforcement), constitutional law (principles of organization of the legislative process, legal nature and hierarchy of legal acts, etc.).
Vasyl Tatsii is a recognized organizer of higher legal education in Ukraine. Heading Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University from 1987, he has made a significant contribution to the organization of its activities, to the creation of a strong academic team, appropriate conditions for the teaching process, research, high quality training, harmonious and cultural development of future specialists, financial stability of the university, development of its facilities, development of international relations. His contribution to the renewal of the entire system of legal education in Ukraine, to the improvement of its content, the introduction of advanced teaching methods, the integration of teaching, research and legal practice is significant.
Vasyl Tatsii has contributed to the development of the law-governed state in Ukraine, improvement of the legislative process and law enforcement practice. As a member of the Constitutional Commission he participated in the drafting of the Constitution of Ukraine in 1996, was a chairman of the working group of the Cabinet of Ministers on drafting the Criminal Code of Ukraine in 2001. He was a member of the governmental delegation of Ukraine at the UN Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court. He participated in the drafting of the Statute of the International Criminal Court and in the drafting of many other legal acts.
Prof. Tatsii is a member of a number of presidential and governmental commissions, working groups, NGOs, including the Committee on State Prizes of Ukraine in Science and Technology, Scientific Advisory Boards of the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, the Bureau of the Northeast Research Center of NAS and MES of Ukraine, NGO “All-Ukrainian Association of Criminal Law”, International Association of Criminal Law, Union of Lawyers of Ukraine, Coordinating Council of the International Union of Lawyers, International Association of Legislation, International Association of Legal Methodology, Board of Directors of the European Public Law Organization, Vice-President of the Union of Rectors of Higher Education Institutions of Ukraine.
He is the editor-in-chief of the collection of research articles “Bulletin of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine”, “Problems of Legality”, chairman of the Research Council of the journal “Law of Ukraine”, member of the editorial board of the journal “Bulletin of the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine”, the Research Council of the journal “Bulletin of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine”, editorial board of the professional electronic scientific publication “Bulletin of the Association of Criminal Law of Ukraine ”, chairman of the editorial board of the newspaper “Vivat Lex” and others.
Vasyl Tatsii was awarded the title of Hero of Ukraine with the Order of the State (2004). He was awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav Mudryi of the 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st degrees (1995, 1998, 2009, 2015, 2018), the Order of Merit of the 2nd and 1st degrees (2000, 2012), Diplomas of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (2001) and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (2002), the Order of the Badge of Honour (1981), two medals (1970, 1984). He is an Honoured Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine (1989), laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in the field of architecture (2001) and the State Prize of Ukraine in the field of science and technology (2004), Vernadsky Prize (2001), Yaroslav Mudryi Prize (2001, 2002), the “Themis-99” Prize. He has a number of departmental, public, church awards and governmental awards of other states. He is a State Counsellor of Justice of the 1st class (2010).
Vasyl Tatsiy is a Honorary Doctor of Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University (2000), Kharkiv National University of Home Affairs (2002), І. Mechnikov Odessa National University (2004), Merited Professor of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (2005), Honorary Academician of the Ostroh Academic Brotherhood (2005), Honorary Academician of the Academic Community of Petro Vasylenko Kharkiv National Technical University of Agriculture (2005), Honorary Professor of Alfred Nobel Dnipropetrovsk University (2012), Zaporizhzhia National University (2015), Doctor Honoris Causa of Mykolas Romeris University (2018) and others.
He is an honorary citizen of Poltava (2001), Kharkiv (2004) and Kharkiv region (2014).