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Mikhail Antonov is Professor of Law at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia, where he teaches legal theory and comparative law. He is practicing as a member of the Saint Petersburg Bar Association. Professor Antonov’s research interest is focused on contemporary legal theory, history of legal concepts and ideas. He has published extensively, including recent books such as Teorija gosudarstva i prava. Uchebnik i praktikum dlja akademicheskogo bakalavriata [Theory of State and Law. Study Book and practice for the academic undergraduate] (Moscow: Jurait, 2018); Istorija pravovoj mysli Rossii [History of legal thought in Russia] (Moscow: Jurait, 2017). Some of his recent articles include: “Legal Realism in Soviet and Russian Jurisprudence,” Review of Central and East European Law 43(4) (2018): 483–518; Philosophy Behind Human Rights: Valery Zorkin vs. the West? In L. Mälksoo & W. Benedek (Eds.), Russia and European Court of Human Rights: The Strasbourg Effect (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017): 150–187; “Law and Economics, Judicial Pragmatism and Their Limits on Both Sides of the Atlantic,” Review of Central and East European Law 42(1) (2017): 73–94; “Conservative Philosophy and Doctrine of Sovereignty: A Necessary Connection?”, Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie [Archive for Legal and Social Philosophy] 153(2017): 45–59. E-mail: mantonov@hse.ru

Dmitri Bartenev is an Associate Professor of International Law at St Petersburg State University where he teaches international law, human rights, and international judicial process. As a practicing attorney he has represented clients in a number of topical cases at the European Court of Human Rights and the UN human rights bodies in anti-discrimination, mental disability, LGBT rights, freedom of association and freedom of speech cases. His publications include: Fundamentals of Constitutional Law of Finland (St. Petersburg, 2004); Implementation of Shtukaturov v Russia: Challenges and Strategies (INTERIGHTS Bulletin, 2011); Justice or Complicity: LGBT Rights and The Russian Courts (London: Equal Rights Trust, 2016); LGBT Rights in Russia and European Human Rights Standards. In Benedek, W., & Mälksoo, L. (Eds.), Russia and European Court of Human Rights: The Strasbourg Effect (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017): 326-352; Russia. In Waddington, L.,  & Lawson, A. (Eds.), The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice: A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Courts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018). E-mail: dmitri.bartenev@gmail.com

Oleg Bresky is a Professor of Law at the European Humanities University. His research interests focus on constitutional law, regional policy, history of legal ideas. In addition to publishing books in the spheres of constitutional law theory and regional policy, Oleg Bresky is a co-author of book such as: with Bersky, O., Political, Linguistic, and Religious Boundaries as Distinctive Creative Space: Why New Ideas are Generated in Border Lands (New York: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, 2013), which was nominated for the 2012 Joseph Rothschild Prize in Nationalism and Ethnic Studies. He has also co-author of chapters such as: From Autonomous Teachers to Autonomous Universities: Where University Autonomy Gets its Birth. In Bresky, O., & Mikhailov, A., (Eds.) Reforming Social Sciences, Humanities and Higher Education in Eastern Europe and CIS after 1991. (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014). E-mail: oleg.bresky@gmail.com

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Alessandro Cenerelli is a PhD Candidate in Comparative Law at the University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’, in Caserta, Italy. His research focuses on the legal systems of the Russian Federation and Central Asian countries. He is the author of numerous articles published in Italian and Russian journals. His most recent publications include: “Il lavoro transnazionale nella prospettiva dell’ordinamento russo” [Transnational work in the perspective of the Russian system], Diritto delle relazioni industriali [Law of industrial relations] 26(3) (2016): 923-932; “Sudebnyi kontrol’ za administrativnoi deiatel’nost’iu v Italii” [Legal control of the administrative activity in Italy], Zhurnal administrativnogo sudoproizvodstva [Journal of administrative legal proceedings] 4(2017): 22-28; “Administrativnaia reforma i transparentnost’ v Italii” [Administrative reform and transparency in Italy], Vestnik Universiteta imeni O.E. Kutafina [Vestnik Universiteta imeni O.E. Kutafina]41(1) (2018): 167-173. E-mail: alessandro@cenerelli.it

Natalia Cwicinskaja is an Assistant Professor at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan), Faculty of Law and Administration, where she teaches International Public Law. From 2006 to 2015 she worked at the Institute of the Eastern Studies (Adam Mickiewicz University) as an Assistant Professor. She has a PhD in public international law from Adam Mickiewicz University. Her research interests include territory and states in international law, recognition of states, succession and unrecognized states, international human rights law. Her recent publications include “The Annexation of Crimea and International Law: Review of Thomas D Grant’s Aggression Against Ukraine: Territory, Responsibility and International Law.Israel Law Review 50(2)(2017): 211-225; “The Case of the City of Sevas Topol: Domestic and International Law.” Russian Law Journal. 5(3)(2017): 69-85.  “The Legality and Certain Legal Consequences of the ‘Accession’ of Crimea to the Russian Federation.” Polish Yearbook of International Law 34(2014): 61-87. Email:  nc@amu.edu.pl

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Lu Da is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Szeged, Hungary. His PhD dissertation focus on the Constitutional Development between China and the Visegrad States during the communist period. His research interests cover Chinese and CEE relations, as well as legal systems in the Visegrad states. He has published articles in academic journals and conference volumes, such as: The Birth of Communist Party and Its Early Exercises between China and Hungary, presented at Miskolc doktoranduszok fórumát [Miskolc PhD student forum] (2017): 63-67; Road to Success: The Legal and Economic Reforms in China. In Pecs conference FEU-Konferencia-kötet [Pécs Conference FEU-Conference Volume], (2016): 60-68; The Difference Way to Communist States: The First National Legislative Election between China and Hungary. In Pecs V. Interdiszciplináris_Doktorandusz_Konferencia [Pécs V. Interdisciplinary _ Doctoral Thesis _ Conference], (2016): 78-86; “Jus Sanguinis – The Basic Principle in Citizenship Law, Comparative Analysis of First Citizenship Law between Visegrad Four and China,” Journal on European History of Law. 7(2)(2016): 123-129. He is expected to hold his PhD public defense in November 2018. Email: dustin0802@gmail.com.

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Liviu Damsa is a Research Fellow at the Centre for American Legal Studies, Birmingham City University. Liviu's main research interests include Legal Theory, Neoliberalism and Law, Comparative Law, Transitional Justice and Law in Central Eastern Europe. A former corporate counsel and attorney during the golden era of privatisation in Central Eastern Europe, Liviu specialised in civil and commercial law and has published in English and Romania on topics such as Transitional Justice, Comparative Constitutional Theory and Comparative Private Law. Article publications include:  “The Incomprehensible post-communist privatisation,” Global Journal of Comparative Law 3(2)(2014): 137-185; “Lustration (administrative justice) and ‘closure’ in East-Central Europe,” Int. J. Public Law and Policy 1(4)(2011): 335-375. His recent book, Property transformations and restitution in post-communist Central Eastern Europe (Springer International, Cham, 2017), was considered “an important book, providing valuable material about capitalist transitions and legacies in post-communist societies and economies, and offering a distinctive framework for theorising post-communist privatisation and restitution” (Ridel, Europe Asia Studies, 2018). Email: liviu.damsa@bcu.ac.uk

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Dmitry Dubrovskiy is an Associate Professor at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, as well as an Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg, Russia. He has been an expert in hate speech and hate crime since 2004, and co-author of the first publication on hate speech on the Russian Internet: with: Karpenko, O., Kolzova, O., Shpakovskaya, L., Torchinskij, F. (Eds.), Hate speech in Russian Internet (St. Petersburg: European University of St. Petersburg, 2003). Dubrovskiy founded and directed the Ethnic Studies Program at the European University at St. Petersburg from 1999-2005, was the founder and lecturer of the human rights program, Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Science, St. Petersburg State University from 2002-2015, and was the head of the project “Expert community and issue of human rights in Russia” from 2015-2017, an EU-funded project on special expertise in Russian litigation.  His latest publications include: with I.D. Quenoy Violence and the defense of the ‘Traditional Values’ in Russian Federation. In Oliker, O. (Ed.) Religion and Violence in Russia. (London: Rowman and Littelfield, 2018); “Escape from Freedom. The Russian Academic Community and the Problem of Academic Rights and Freedoms,” Interdisciplinary Political Studies 3(1)(2017): 171-199; “Expert conclusions on verbal extremism A Dispute over Methods” Baltic Worlds (3)(2016): 10-19. Email: dmitry.dubrovsky@gmail.com

Alexander Gurkov is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, LL.D., Attorney, member of the Saint-Petersburg bar. Alexander researches dispute resolution in relations based on smart contracts; the influence of self-enforceable arbitral awards on the development of international arbitration; the new understanding of public companies in the token economy and the validity of mandatory arbitration clauses for stakeholders in initial coin offerings. Recent publications include: with Nikiforov, I, & Sevastyanova, V, “Panorama of World Case Law – Russian Federation,” The Paris Journal of International Arbitration. Vol. 4(2018): 855-864; Reshenie Evropejskogo Suda Spravedlivosti ot 1 ijunja 1999 g. po delu Eco Swiss China Time Ltd protiv Benetton International NV [Judgement of the European Court of Justice of 1 June 1999 on case of Eco Swiss China Time Ltd v Benetton International NV]. In Alekseeva, T. A. (Ed.),  Sravnitel'no-pravovoj analiz v issledovanijah pravovyh institutov i javlenij v otraslevom,stranovedcheskom i vremennom aspektah. Trudy Laboratorii sravnitel'no-pravovyh issledovanij. Chast' 2 [Comparative legal analysis in studies of legal institutions and phenomena in the sectoral, regional geographic and temporal aspects. Proceedings of the Laboratory of Comparative Legal Research. Part 2.] (St. Petersburg: Polytechnic University Publishing House, 2012): 130-142. Email: Alexander.gurkov@helsinki.fi

Jane Henderson is an academic lawyer with a long-standing interest in foreign and comparative law, and particularly the Russian legal system. She graduated from University College London, and after completing her Master’s studies was directly appointed as Lecturer in the Laws of Eastern Europe at the School of Law’ King’s College London, now The Dickson Poon School of Law, where she is Senior Lecturer in Russian Law. She is also a member of King’s Russia Institute. Her main research interests and publications have been concerned with Russian constitutional and administrative law. She is the rapporteur on Russia for the journal European Public Law, the most recent report (in press) being “Russia’s Recent Dealings with the Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights.” Other publications include: with Belykh, M. L., “Regional Constitutional Justice in the Context of Russia’s Aspiration to be a Rule of Law State.” forthcoming in The Review of Central and East European Law 43(4). “The Protection of Rights in Russia’s Regions: the Role of the Constitutional and Charter Courts.” Russina Law, Theory, and Practice 2(2016): 4-12; “The 2014 amendments to the 1993 Constitution of the Russian Federation.” The Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies (2016): 279-282. She is currently working on a second edition of The Constitution of the Russian Federation: A Contextual Analysis for Hart Publishing (Bloomsbury). E-mail jane.henderson@kcl.ac.uk


Jeffrey Kahn is a Professor of Law and Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow at Southern Methodist University.  During the 2017-2018 academic year, he was a Fulbright Research Scholar at PluriCourts, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo.  He was the keynote speaker at the Developments in Russian Law Conference X.  Recent publications include: The Richelieu Effect: The Khodorkovsky Case and Political Interference with Justice. In Kurkchiyan, M., & Kubal, A. (Eds.) A Sociology of Justice in Russia. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018): 231-258; Hybrid Warfare, International Humanitarian Law, and the Case of Ukraine, in Complex Battlespaces. In Williams, W., & Ford, C. (Eds.) Complex Battlespaces: The Law of Armed Conflict and the Dynamics of Modern Warfare (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018): 191-221; Terrorist Watchlists. In Gray D., & Henderson, S. (Eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law (Cambridge University Press 2017): 71-100; “The Unreasonable Rise of Reasonable Suspicion: Terrorist Watchlists and Terry v. Ohio,” William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 26(2)(2018): 383-405; “‘Protection and Empire’: The Martens Clause, State Sovereignty, and Individual Rights,” Virginia Journal of International Law 56(1)(2016): 1-49. E-mail: jkahn@smu.ed


Paul Kalinichenko is a Professor of Integration and European Law Department of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University, Jean Monnet Chair, and Professor of the Law Department of the Diplomatic Academy at the Russian Foreign Ministry. His research activities focus on EU external relations law, EU economic law, and legal aspects of the EU-Russia relations. He has published extensively, including book chapters: The Constitutional Order of the Russian Federation and its adaptability to European and Eurasian integration projects. In Elsuwege, P. V., & Petrov R. (Eds.) Post-Soviet Constitutions and Challenges of Regional Integration (London: Routledge, 2018): 168-182; Shared values and interests in the conflictual relationship between the EU and Russia. In Poli, S. (Ed.), The European Neighbourhood Policy – Values and Principles (New York: Routledge, 2016): 115-129; Legislative Approximation and Application of EU Law in Russia. In Elsuwege, P. V., & Petrov, R. (Eds.), Legislative Approximation and Application of EU Law in the Eastern Neighbourhood of the European Union: Towards a Common Regulatory Space? (New York: Routlege, 2014): 246-260. More recent articles include: “Post-Crimean Twister: Russia? The EU and the Law of Sanctions.” Russian Law Journal 5(3)(2017): 9-28; “On Similarities and Differences of the European Union and Eurasian Economic Union Legal Orders: Is There the ‘Eurasian Economic Union Acquis’?” Legal Issues of Economic Integration 43(3)(2016): 295–308; with Petrov, R., “The Europeanization of Third Country Judiciaries through the Application of the EU Acquis: the Cases of Russia and Ukraine.” International and Comparative Law Quarterly 60(2011): 337-339. Email: paulkalinichenko@mail.ru

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Maksim Karliuk is a Research Fellow at the HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow). He holds an LLM in European Law from the College of Europe, Bruges Campus and has submitted his Joint PhD project at Ghent University and Belarusian State University. His primary research interests include regulatory frameworks of regional integration with particular focus on the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Given the active pursuance of digital agenda both on regional (including the EAEU) and national levels, and increasing importance of the issues of artificial intelligence and autonomous agents, the interest has also extended to these fields. His latest publications include: “The Eurasian Economic Union: An EU-Inspired Legal Order and Its Limits,” Review of Central and East European Law 42 (2017): 50-72; “Russian Legal Order and the Legal Order of the Eurasian Economic Union: An Uneasy Relationship,” Russian Law Review 5(2) (2017): 33-52; The Limits of the Judiciary within the Eurasian Integration Process, In Gregorio, A. D., & Angeli, A. (Eds.), The European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union: Moving toward a Greater Understanding (The Hague: Eleven International Publishing, 2016): 171-183. E-mail: mkarliuk@hse.ru

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Rustam Khalafyan is a Principal Specialist of M.M. Speransky Irkutsk Institute of Legislation and Legal Information, Associate Professor of Irkutsk State University, Russia. His research focuses on the use of international "soft law" within national legal systems, interaction of international law and domestic law. His publications include: with Marochkin, S., “Koncepcija mezhdunarodnogo «mjagkogo prava» v mezhdunarodno-pravovoj doctrine” [The concept of international 'soft law' in international legal doctrine], Evrazijskij juridicheskij zhurnal  [Eurasian Law Journal] 45(2) (2012): 35-38; “Vlijanie «Mjagkogo Prava» Na Mezhdunarodnuju Pravovuju Sistemu” [Influence of “soft law” on the international legal system] Zhurnal Akademicheskogo Prava [Journal of Academic Law] 48(2): 36-43; with Marochkin, S., "The Norms of International Soft Law in the Legal System of Russian Federation," Journal of Politics and Law 2(6) (2013): 90-104; "On National Realization of Intetnational ‘Soft Law’ Norms," Russian Journal of Comparative Law 5(3) (2015): 88-102 (in Russian). E-mail: rustam_halafyan@mail.ru

Yulia Khalikova is a PhD candidate at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences. Previously she studied law and sociology at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. In her PhD thesis she analyses the relations between the European Court of Human Rights and the Russian Constitutional Court, focusing on their decision-making outcomes and reasons for such variations. Apart from this, her research interests include sociology of law, judicial politics, empirical legal studies and post-Soviet countries. Email: ykhalikova@bigsss-bremen.de

As a researcher at the Institute for the Rule of Law (European University at Saint-Petersburg) Ekaterina Khodzhaeva focuses her studies on the Russian police, the legal profession, and jury trials reform. She has contributed these topics through various publications including: “Kontrol' za psihicheskim nezdorov'em kak chast' professional'nyh objazannostej uchastkovyh upolnomochennyh MVD v Rossii” [Regulating Mental Illness as Part of the Professional Duties of District Police in Russia], Journal of Social Policy Studies, 4(2015): 595-610; “Stigma «karmannyj advokat» v diskursivnoj bor'be predstavitelej juridicheskoj professii v Rossii” [Stigma of the  «Puppet Advocate» in Discursive Struggle between Legal Professionals in Russia], Sociology of Power 28(3)(2016): 137-182; with Rabovski, J., “Strategii i taktiki advokatov v uslovijah obvinitel'nogo uklona v Rossii” [Strategies and Tactics of Criminal Defenders in the Context of ‘Accusatorial Bias’ in Russia] Sociology of Power 27(2)(2015): 135-167; The later paper was also published in English as “Strategies and Tactics of Criminal Defenders in the Context of ‘Accusatorial Bias’” Russian Politics and Law 54(2-3)(2016): 191-226.  Ekaterina also disseminates her results via different Russian media – Vedomosti, RBK, Takie dela, etc. Email- ekhodzhaeva@eu.spb.ru

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Alexey Knorre works with the Institute for the Rule of Law, an independent Russian think-tank that specializes in sociology of law, Russian criminal justice and law enforcement. In 2015, he defended his Master’s degree in Sociology in European University at Saint Petersburg. Since that time, he has been working as a junior researcher at the IRL. Alexey’s main research interests are criminal statistics, Russian drug policy, and crime victimization surveys. Publications include: with Sokolov, M., “Prestizh, Blast’i, Social’nyjkapital v Rossijskoj Sociologii” [Prestige, Power, and Social Capital in Russian Sociology] Sociological Research (10)(2013): 77-87; with Sokolov, M., & Safonova, M., “Theories of higher education and specialty selection process: social network analysis” University Management: Practice and Analysis (2)(2014): 6-25, in Russian. His latest research projects are drug policy and police corruption in Russia, Russian Crime Victimization Survey, analysis of biases in criminal justice in Kazakhstan, and policy research into Russian Bailiffs Service. Email: aknorre@eu.spb.ru

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Alexander Kondakov is a postdoctoral researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute (University of Helsinki, Finland) and a research associate at the Centre for Gender, Feminisms and Sexualities (University College Dublin, Ireland). He is also an editor for the Journal of Social Policy Studies published by the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. For a decade, Kondakov’s work has been primarily focused on law and sexuality studies, more specifically on queer sexualities and sex work regulation in Russia. Recent publications include: “Crip Kinship: A political Strategy of People Who Were Deemed Contagious by the Shirtless Putin,” Feminist Formations. 30(1)(2018): 71-90; “The Acts of Civil Subjects : Migration and Acts of Citizenship” Jounral of Social and Political Research 12(2)(2017): 169-184; in Russian; “Queer Coalitions: An Examination of Political Resistance to the Russian Migration Law,” Europe-Asia Studies 69(8)(2017): 1222-1241; “The Feminist Citizen-Subject: It’s not About Choice, it’s About Changing it All,” Feminist Legal Studies 25(1)(2017): 47-69;  “Teaching Queer Theory in Russia,” QED 3(2)(2016): 107-118. His latest research looks at violence against LGBTIQ people in Russia in the aftermath of the “propaganda of homosexuality” bill signed into law in 2013. He has published numerous articles in Sexualities, Social and Legal Studies, and Feminist Legal Studies among others. Email: alexander.kondakov@helsinki.fi

Kirill Koroteev is a legal director at the Human Rights Centre ‘Memorial’. Before re-joining ‘Memorial’ in 2012 Kirill acted as a human rights expert for the Penal Reform International, the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission, the Institute for Law and Public Policy (Moscow), and as a chargé de mission for the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH, Paris) documenting human rights violations and conducting field research in the former USSR. Since 2002 he has represented numerous applicants before the European Court of Human Rights in cases brought against Russia as a lawyer for ‘Memorial’. He also taught at the Universities of Strasbourg, Paris X Nanterre, and at the European Humanities University (Vilnius). Email: kirill.koroteev@gmail.com

Alexandra Krylenkova is a coordinator for Crimean Human Rights Field Center. She also volunteers for the International Society ‘Memorial’ and is a head of committee at the independent election observers’ initiative in St. Petersburg. Alexandra’s way to activism started during the campaigns for fair elections in 2011-2012. She actively worked at training sessions for independent election observers and together with fellow activists educated several thousands of observers who monitored the presidential elections in 2012. In the same year, the association for electoral rights ‘Voice’ (Golos) awarded Alexandra a medal for ‘Protection of Free Elections’. Currently, Alexandra Krylenkova participates in human rights activism. Particularly, she has travelled to the unrecognized territories of Crimea every month to monitor human rights abuse there.

Agnieszka Kubal is a lecturer in sociology at UCL. Her research interests lie at the intersection of migration and socio-legal studies with area focus on Eastern Europe and Russia. Upon completing her DPhil at Oxford (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, 2010) she held post-docs at the International Migration Institute (Oxford) and a visiting fellowship at the Davis Center (Harvard). She recently completed a three year research project sponsored by the British Academy entitled Human Rights and Access to Justice for Migrants in Russia (2013-2017). Agnieszka’s most recent publications include: with Kurkchiyan, M. (Eds.), Sociology of Justice in Russia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2017); “Entry Bar as Surreptitious Deportation? Zapret na v’ezd, in Russian Immigration Law and Practice: A Comparative Perspective,” Law and Social Inquiry 42(2016): 744-768; “Refugees or Migrant Workers? A case study of undocumented Syrians in Russia - LM and Others v Russia (ECtHR 14 March 2016),” Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law, 30 (3)(2016): 266-283. Email: a.kubal@ucl.ac.uk

Yury Kuznetsov is a Cand. Sci (Econ.), a leading researcher of the Financial Research Institute of the Ministry of Finance of the RF and a deputy senior editor of the Economic Policy academic journal (Moscow). His research focuses on monetary theory, legal and economic aspects of cryprocurrencies, regulation of infrastructure industries and institutional economics. His publications include among others: “Kriptoaktivy kak dokumentarnye cennye bumagi” [Cryptoassets as Documentary Securities], Zakon [Law] 9 (2018): 96-105; Kriptovaljuty kak vyzov denezhnoj teorii [Cryprocurrencies as a Challenge to Monetary Theory]. In Matveev, V.V., & Chekmarev, O.P., Ekonomicheskaya teoriya: triumf ili krisis? [Economic Theory: Triumph or Crisis?] (St. Petersburg: Leontief Centre, 2018): 255-263; Javljaetsja li pravosudie jekonomicheskim blagom? [Is Justice an Economic Good?]. In Zaostrovcev, A.P., Economicheskaya teoriya i politologia: ignorirovaniye, konkurentsia ili sotrudnichestvo? [Economic Theory and Political Science: Neglect, Rivalry of Cooperation?] (St. Petersburg: Leontief Centre, 2016): 162-169; Local Party Organs and the Economy During Perestroika. In Ellman, M. and Kantorovich, M. (Eds.), The Destruction of the Soviet Economic System: An Insiders’ History. (New York: Armonk 1998): 190-210; “Fiat Money as an Administrative Good,” Review of Austrian Economics 10(2)(1997): 111-114. Yury Kuznetsov is a translator and translation editor of several dozens of books in economics, political science, sociology, and law. E-mail: yuri.kuz@gmail.com

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Anna Lukina is a BCL (Masters) candidate at the University of Oxford, UK. Her academic interests lie in jurisprudence, public law, and Soviet legal history. Book chapters include: Russia and international human rights law: A view from the past. In: Morris, P.S. (Ed.), Russian Discourses on International Law: Sociological and Philosophical Phenomenon (London and New York: Routledge, 2018). Her other work include: “The Semenchuk Case of 1936: Storytelling and Propaganda above the Law in the Soviet Criminal Trial,” Review of Central and East European Law 41(2) (2016): 63-116; and “Soviet Union and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Research Paper Series (2017). Anna is currently researching Kelsen’s critique of communist theories of law. E-mail:  anna.lukina@hertford.ox.ac.uk. Twitter: @annvyshinsky.

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Sergey Yu. Marochkin is Professor of Law, SJD (Doctor of Juridical Sciences), and head of the Centre for International and Comparative Legal Studies at the University of Tyumen, Tyumen, Russia. His research focuses on the operation of international law in the Russian legal system, international and domestic rule of law, effectiveness of international law. He has published monographs, articles, chapters in edited volumes and in textbooks. His most recent publications include: The ECtHR and the Russian Constitutional Court: duet or duel? In: Mälksoo L., & Benedek, W. (Eds.), Russia and the European Court of Human Rights. The Strasbourg Effect (Cambridge University Press, 2018): 93-124; The Effect and Implementation of International Law Rules in the Legal System of the Russian Federation: A Monograph. (Moscow, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018); with Lazutin L.A., Suvorova V. Ya., & Fedorov I.V. (Eds.), International Law: A Textbook. (Moscow: Justitia, 2018); “A Russian Approach to International Law in the Domestic Legal Order: Basics, Development and Perspectives,” Italian Yearbook of International Law, (2017): 15-40; “Guest Editor’s Note on the Third Anniversary of the Referendum in Crimea,” Russian Law Journal 5(3) (2017): 4–8; and with Nelaeva, G.A., “The Changing Dynamics of International Law-making: Trying Heads of State for Rape and Sexual Violence,” The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 14(2)(2015): 290-304. Recent book reviews also include: with Nelaeva, G.A., “Studying ‘Russian Approaches to International Law’: Eurocentrist Traps, Civilizational Dilemmas and Political Ambiguities,” Nordic Journal of International Law 85(4)(2016): 395-409. E-mail: s.y.marochkin@utmn.ru

Alaksiej Michalevic is a Belarusian lawyer and a researcher. Since 1997 he has been actively involved in Belarusian politics, running as an independent candidate for the presidential elections in Belarus in 2010. Dr. Michalevic holds a degree in Political Science and Law from the Belarusian State University and a PhD in Social Studies from Polish Academy of Sciences, where in 2013 he defended his doctoral thesis on the topic “Parties and political movements in post-communist transformation: the case of Belarus and Ukraine. 1989-1996.” From September 2016 till August 2017 he was a visiting researcher at the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at the University of Uppsala in Sweden. At the International Collegium of Lawyers in Vilnius, Dr Michalevic is involved in extradition cases from the EU to Russia and other CIS countries. His scientific interests are post-communist transformation, access to justice in CIS countries, international extradition, EU immigration and asylum policy, international human rights law. His list of publications includes: “Proces tworzenia systemów partyjnych na Białorusi i Ukrainie w pierwszej połowie lat dziewięćdziesiątych XX wieku w perspektywie porównawczej” [The Process of Forming a Party System in Belarus and Ukraine in the early 1990s], Studia Polityczne [Political studies] 30(2012); Belarus Between East and West, Belarus – our new neighbour, (Prague, Research Centre of Association for International Affairs, 2004,). E-mail: michalevic@gmail.com

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Associate professor, Dr. Kirill Molodyko is a senior research fellow in the Higher School of Economics University’s HSE-Skolkovo Institute for Law and Development (Moscow, Russia). He holds a Ph.D. degree in civil and international private law. Dr. Molodyko is also a graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA),Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University (Specialist in law, cum laude) and Vadim Getman Kyiv National Economic University (MA in international economy, cum laude). Dr. Molodyko served as a scientific adviser to the Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. Also, he was the full-time intern of the New Zealand Treasury Economic Performance and Strategy Group, the senior legal adviser in the litigation department of the Head-office of the largest Ukrainian commercial bank ‘PrivatBank’,the senior research fellow at the Fedir Burchak Private Law and Entrepreneurship Scientific Institute, and the senior lecturer in the Ukrainian State University of Finance and International Trade. He has published extensively, including recent articles: “Nacional'naja kriptovaljuta: shag za shagom - Kak sdelat' ee privlekatel'noj” [National Cryptocurrency: step by step – How to make it more attractive], Rossija v global'noj politike [Russia in Global Politics] (1)(2018): 103-114; “Koncepcija smezhnyh kreditnyh dogovorov v prave ES i ee znachenie dlja rossijskogo zakonodatel'stva” [The concept of related loan agreements in EU law and its significance for Russian legislation], Zakon [Law] 4(2017):43-58; “Do Legal Rights Correlate to Development?” Russian Law Journal. 4(2016):46-61.  email: kmolodyko@hse.ru

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Marianna Muravyeva is a Professor of Law at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. Her research focuses on the history of crime, legal history, gender history, and history of sexuality. She has published extensively, including edited volumes Women’s History in Russia: (Re)Establishing the Field (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014); Gender in Late medieval and Early Modern Europe (London and New York: Routledge, 2013); Shame, Blame, and Culpability: Crime and Violence in the Modern State (London and New York: Routledge, 2012) and recent articles such as: “The Culture of Complaint: Approaches to Complaining in Russia – An Overview,” Laboratorium 6(3)(2014): 93-104; “Traditional Values and Modern Families: Legal Understanding of Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Russia,”  Journal of Social Policy Research 12(4) (2014): 625-638; “Bytovukha: Family Violence in Soviet Russia,” Aspasia 8 (2014): 90-124; “‘Till Death Do Us Part’: Spousal Homicide in Early Modern Russia,” The History of the Family 3 (2013): 306-330; “Sex, Crime and the Law: Russian and European Early Modern Legal Thought on Sex Crimes,” Journal of Comparative Legal History 1 (2013): 74-102. E-mail: muravyevam@gmail.com

Olga Pushina is a Researcher and a PhD Student at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Law School of the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland. Her research focuses on the implementation of the doctrine of the European Court of Human Rights on protection of property rights and housing rights in the Russia Federation. Olga.Pushina@ulapland.fi

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Ekaterina Samokhina is an associate professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, St.Petersburg, Russia. In 2011 Ekaterina became a co-organizer of the research group, Center of Legal Argumentation and Normativity of Law founded in the Saint-Petersburg branch of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. From 2012 she has been a visiting researcher at the Center of Legal Philosophy of Chaim Perelman at Free University of Brussels. Her current project is devoted to the genesis of argumentative legal theory and judicial reasoning. She is the author of more than 20 articles and 25 translations, with recent articles such as: “Legitimirujushhaja sila velikih rasskazov v XXI veke” [The Legitimizing Power of Great Stories in the 21st Century], Rossijskij zhurnal pravovyh issledovanij [Russian Journal of Legal Studies]. (2)(2018):79-85; Filosofija prava Jurgena Habermasa v kontekste sporov o moderne i postmoderne [Jürgen Habermas' Legal Philosophy in the Context of Modern and Postmodern Controversies]. In Melkevik, B. (Ed.), Jurgen Habermas i kommunikativnaja teorija prava [Jürgen Habermas and Communicative Theory of Law] (St. Petersburg: Alfa-Press, 2018): 83-93. From 2017 Ekaterina has been working in collaboration with the Rule of Law Platform EU-Central Asia. Email: ya.samohina@gmail.com

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Denis Shedov is a Lawyer at Human Rights Centre “Memorial” and a Legal Help Coordinator at OVD-INFO (independent media human rights project). His practical work and research focuses on the Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Expression. He has several publications on this topic, mainly on the website OVD Info.  Denis is also an Assistant at the Law Faculty of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, and his academic publications are mainly on the legal culture of parishioners of mosques: “Vzaimodejstvie Positivnogo Rossijskogo Prava i Shariata v Paraktike Prihozhan Moskovskih Mechetej” [Interaction of Positive Russian Law and Sharia in the Practice of Parishioners of Moscow Mosques], Sovremennoe Obshhestvo i Pravo [Modern Society and Law] 33(2)(2018): 3-17; “Zabyt' Gerostrata, ili Paradoksal'naja tradicija v sfere sociologii prava” [Forget Herostratus, or a Paradoxical Tradition in the Field of Sociology of Law], Sociologija Vlasti [Sociology of Power] 28(3)(2016): 46-60. Email: shedow@memohrc.org

Pål Wilter Skedsmo is a senior research fellow at The Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway and director of the institute’s Arctic and Russia program. Skedsmo holds a PhD in social anthropology (2017). His research is focused on the Aarhus Convention and environmental politics in the South Caucasus, which is the subject of the forthcoming book Europe and Armenia: Foreign Aid and Environmental Politics in the Post-Soviet Caucasus. (London: I.B. Tauris, 2019). Among his other research interests are civil society, environmentalism and democratization in Post-Soviet Russia, and Norwegian-Russian relations and cooperation in the high north. See for instance: with Jensen, L. C., “Approaching the North: Norwegian and Russian foreign policy discourses on the European Arctic.” Polar Research 29(3): 439-450. E-mail: pskedsmo@fni.no

Cătălin Gabriel Stănescu has been a postdoctoral researcher since 2016, and Marie Curie Fellow, starting from 2019, at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, and guest lecturer at Babes Bolyai University (Romania) and University of Szeged (Hungary). His research focuses on consumer finance and non-judicial debt collection, but also on long-term energy contracts. In 2015, he graduated summa cum laude from the doctoral program of Central European University CEU, with a thesis titled Self-Help, Private Debt Collection and the Concomitant Risks, A Comparative Law Analysis, which was published by Springer during the same year.  He has extensive practical experience in the field of Romanian and international private law. In 2004, he started working as a legal counsel for Ploiesti City Hall. In 2006, he became a member of the Romanian Bar Association and opened his own practice. He also worked as in-house counsel for the Romanian subsidiaries of Österreichische Mineralölverwaltung (OMV) and Gazprom, specializing in upstream oil and gas consultancy. Cătălin often speaks at international conferences on areas related to consumer, commercial, energy and investment law. His most recent publications include articles such as: with Gikay, A.A., “The Reluctance of Civil Law Systems in Adopting the UCC Article 9 'Without Breach of Peace' Standard—Evidence from National and International Legal Instruments Governing Secured Transactions.” Journal of Civil Law Studies 10(1)(2018): 110-120; “Dead End for Energy Concessions? – The Effects of the Concession Directive on Investor Protection Mechanisms in Energy Concessions,” International Energy Law Review 36(3)(2018):75-87. Email: catalin-gabriel.stanescu@jur.ku.dk.

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Yana Teplitskaya is a member of St. Petersburg Public Monitoring Commission (the current term is from November 2016 to November 2019), which is a non-profit social elective authority that monitors human rights in the penitentiary system of St. Petersburg.  The main form of Yana’s activity is verification visits to detention facilities, followed by public reports (translated versions can be found here). During the recent period, Yana’s interests have focused on torture.

Kirill Titaev is the research director of the Institute for the Rule of Law at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia. His current research interests are criminal justice systems, victimology, criminology and police studies. Also he used to work on topics such as commercial courts, legal profession, system of state inspections, and economic crimes. He participated in field research in different Russian regions, Kazakhstan, and Armenia. Key publications in English are: with Bocharov, T., When Business Goes to Court: Arbitrazh Courts in Russia. In Kurkchiyan, M., & Kubal, A. (Eds.), A sociology of Justice in Russia, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018) 118-140; “Pretrial detention in Russian criminal courts: a statistical analysis, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 41(3)(2016): 145-161; with Shkliaruk, M., “Investigators in Russia,” Russian Politics & Law 54(2-3)(2016): 112-137; with Dzmitryieva, A., & Chetverikova, I., “The State and Business at Arbitrazh Courts,” Russian Politics & Law 54(2-3)(2016): 281-311. Additionally, Kirill has also co-author of three books in Russian: with Shkljaruk, M, & Panejah, J., Traektorija Ugolovnogo Dela: Institucional'nyj Analiz [The Trajectory of the Criminal Case: Institutional Analysis] (St. Petersburg, EUPRESS, 2018); with Shkljaruk, M., Rossijskij sledovatel':prizvanie, professija,povsednevnost' [Russian Investigator: Vocation, Profession, Everyday Life] (Moscow, Norma, 2016); with Dmitrieva, A., Volkov, V., & Pozdnjakov, M., Rossijskie Sud'i: Sociologicheskoe Issledovanie Professii [Russian Judges: Sociological Study of the Profession] (Moscow, Norma, 2016). E-mail: ktitaev@eu.spb.ru.

Alexander Vishnevsky is a Professor at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Faculty of Law, Department of Civil and Business Law, doctor of sciences (laws), lecturing in comparative banking law and canon law. His main publications include several books on subjects like banking law of the European Union, banking law of England, banking law of Russia, bank-client relations and client (consumer) protection in banking services. Practical experience (overall about 25 years) includes legal practice in Big Four, heading of Moscow office of a leading Nordic law firm, and heading legal service department in Russia for an international Finnish company. Recent book publications include: with Bogdanovskaya, I.J., Kalyatin,V., Savelyev, A., & Danilov., S., Cyber Law in Russia (Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer international Publishing House, 2016). Recent articles include: “Sources of Law in a Religious Legal System: Common Paradigm Behind External Differences,” Law, Journal of the Higher School of Economics (4)(2017): 46-58. Email: aavishnevsky@hse.ru

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Jan Winczorek is researcher at the Faculty of Law and Administration of University of Warsaw. He holds a PhD in law (2006), and MA degrees in sociology and law. Before 2016, he had been an advisor of many Polish public institutions on issues of access to justice, including the President of Poland, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, National Council of the Judiciary, National Bar Association of Legal Advisors. Collaborates with INPRIS, a legal think-tank in Warsaw. His fields of interest include access to law, empirical studies of courts and conflict resolution and sociological theories of the legal system. His recent publications include: "Redundancy of Redundancy in Justifications of Verdicts of Polish The Constitutional Tribunal" Informal Logic 36(3)(2016): 371-394; with Mica, A., & Wisniewski, R., (Eds.), Sociologies of Formality and Informality. (Berlin: Peter Lang, 2015); Making Law Together? On Some Intersystemic Conditions of Judicial Cooperation. In: Harste, G. (Ed.), Law and Intersystemic Communication: Understanding ‘Structural Coupling’ (London: Routledge 2013):229-254; with Mica, A., & Peisert, A. (Eds.), Sociology and the Unintended: Robert Merton Revisited. (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2011). Email: janwin@janwin.info