Editorial Advisory Board

Alexander Blankenagel 

Professor of Public Law at Humboldt University, Berlin. Participated in the programs of Constitutional Law consulting for governments of Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and Czech Republic. Wide ranging research interests include German constitutional, administrative, environmental, police and municipal law, and also comparative constitutional and comparative administrative law. Among numerous publications should be mentioned «Tradition and Constitution. New Constitution and “Old” History in the Constitutional Jurisdiction» (published in 1987 in Germany) and «“Childhood, Boyhood and Adolescence” of the Russian Constitutional Court» (monographic essay, published in 1996 in Russia).

Andrey Medushevsky

Doctor of Sciences (Philosophy), Professor (1995), Tenured Professor (since 2009) at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Sciences) in Moscow, where he teaches Legal Philosophy, Comparative Constitutional Law and Political Science. His areas of expertise are: legal philosophy, ethics, ideologies, comparative constitutionalism, political institutions, Russian political process. Professor Medushevsky is the Senior Expert of the International Institute of Law and Public Policy, the author of 20 books and more than 500 articles in Russian and international learned journals.         

Alexey Avtonomov

Doctor of Science in Law, Professor, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of State and Law of Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Center for Comparative Law at the faculty of law of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, the chief editor of the State and Law Journal, the chief editor of the Juvenile Justice Journal, the Chairman of the editorial board of the State authority and local governments Journal. Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The head of a group of Russian experts to prepare a draft of the Constitutional Act of the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Member of the advisory boards of several committees of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia. Author of more than 200 publications.

Natalia Bogdanova  

Doctor of Science in Law, Professor of constitutional and municipal Law Department at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Research interests include the theory and history of the constitutional law, human rights and other issues of constitutional law. Author of more than 60 publications, including the monograph “System of science of constitutional law” (2001). Member of Dissertation Councils for master and doctorate dissertations at the MSU. Works at the Educational and methodological council of legal education. Member of the Scientific and Methodological Council of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. 

Alexander Vashkevich 

Doctor of Law, Professor of Public Law at European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania and Visiting Professor at the Regional Master’s Program in Human Rights and Democratization in the Caucasus. Former Justice of the Constitutional Court of Belarus. From 2006  Professor Vashkevich  is a  member of  the OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of  Assembly and Association. Research interests include  problems of constitutional  law and international human rights law. Author of more than 130 publications.

Elena Gritsenko

Professor at the University of Saint-Petersburg on the Law Faculty, Department of State and Administrative Law. She is graduated in jurisprudences (Diploma of layer). She has a Diploma of Ph.D. and a Doctor of Law Diploma on the specialization “constitutional law; municipal law”. Mrs. Gritsenko has been working as a university-teacher of the state law and the administrative law since 1987.  She has got experience of work in public service as a chief of Department of State and Municipal Law on the State Institute of the regional legislation of administration of Irkutsk region in 1994-2002, as an adviser of Vice-Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Saint-Petersburg in 2004-2005. She has published a monograph on comparative-legal aspects of local self-government in system of public government of the federative state (on an example of Germany and Russia) that is especially known among the scientific public. She has a total of printed sheets of scientific and methodical works on the problems of legal and political aspects of the state structure, federalism and local government, of comparative jurisprudence, of public law in Germany, Russia and other countries about 150. She has a thorough knowledge on Russia and Germany and on working as a consultant for TACIS, GTZ, DAAD and for the state and municipal authorities (RF Council of Federation etc) in Russia. Mrs. Gritsenko has a very good command of the German language and the knowledge of the English language in volume of the upper intermediate (FCE-Examination) level.

Alexey Dolzhikov

Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at St. Petersburg State University (Russia), candidate of Legal Science (Ph.D in Law). Since 2011, he has been participating in the drafting of hypotheticals for the Moot Court Competition on Constitutional Justice Crystal Themis for students’ teams of law schools, being an expert of the Competition. Since 2016, he is a member of the Federal Curriculum association on jurisprudence under the Ministry of Science and Education of Russia. His field of expertise is constitutional adjudication, constitutional rights, international law, legal education.

Irina Kenenova

Ph.D. in Law, Associate Professor at the Department of constitutional and municipal Law at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Graduated from the Law Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1984, and in 1987 under the direction of Professor D.L. ​​Zlatopolskaya defended her thesis on “The legislative activity of National Chamber of the GDR.” Teaches constitutional law of Russia and foreign countries, reads lectures on constitutional law of foreign countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as a special course “The presidency in Russia and foreign countries.” Scientific interests: the problem of comparative constitutional law, problems of theory of constitutional law, the institution of presidency, a constitutional responsibility. Author of numerous publications and an active participant in various research projects, including realized in 2009 by the Institute of Law and Public Policy Education Project on the problems and prospects of teaching comparative constitutional law in Russia. Within the framework of this project Kenenova I.P. prepared expert recommendations for improvement of the situation.

Anatoly Kovler

Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor, Head of Centre of Foreign Legislation and Comparative Law (ILCL). Research interests: international and European Human Rights law, comparative constitutional law, anthropology, and ethnology law. Anatoly Kovler is a former judge of the European Court of Human Rights (1999-2012). He was the head of the Center for Comparative Law at the Institute of State and Law of Russian Academy of Science (1995-1999) and an expert of the Constitutional Council on the Constitution of the Russian Federation Draft (1993). He participated in the development of the electoral law and the law on political parties (1992-1994). He held the positions of an expert of Bosnia Peace Talks at Dayton (1995) and an independent expert on preparation of Russia joining the Council of Europe (1996-1998). He was teaching at Russian, Eastern and Western European, American and Asian universities. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications and several books, including “The Historical Form of Democracy: the Problems of Political and Legal Theory” (1991), “Anthropology of Law” (2002). Anatoly Kovler is the Chairman of International Justice Journal Editorial Board, member of the editorial boards of “Human Rights. Practice of the European Court of Human Rights”, “Law and Culture (“Droit et Cultures”) (Paris), “International Journal of Constitutional Law” (Washington, DC) and other journals. He is the corresponding member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and a member of the International Association of Anthropology of Law, a member of the Italian Society of Elections Research and member of other scientific societies, substitute member of the Venise Commission

Mikhail Krasnov

Head of the Constitutional and Municipal Law Department of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE), Doctor of Science in Law, Tenured Professor of HSE. Research interests: theory of the state, the structure of public administration, human rights, moral foundations of modern law, the principles of the Christian state, the theory of legal liability. In 1995-1998 advised to president of Russian Federation on legal issues. Led the working group to develop the concept of administrative reform in the Presidential Administration, as well as on the development of the reform program of government at the Centre for Strategic Research. Vice-President of the research non-governmental Foundation “INDEM.” Has more than 150 scientific and practical publications, totaling more than 360 pages. Actively served as a science publicist (about 190 publications in the public press). Among the main books of recent years: “Personalist regime in Russia (the experience of institutional analysis)” and “The Russian system of government: a triangle with one corner” (co-authored with I.G.Shablinsky).

Vladimir Lafitsky

Professor of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University s, deputy director for scientific work). Associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (Paris, France), PhD in law. 1988 – 2015: Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Russian Federation Government (senior research fellow, head of the department of constitutional and administrative law of foreign states, deputy director for scientific work). 2014 – 2015: Evaluator of the Group of States Against Corruption. 2013 – till present: Substitute member of the European Commission for Democracy Through Law (Venice Commission of the Council of Europe). 2014 – till present: Member of the International Academic Advisory Board and visiting professor of the International Anti-Corruption Academy (Laxenburg, Austria). Author of more than 250 scientific works on comparative jurisprudence, general issues of the theory of state and law, constitutional law of Russia and foreign states, constitutional economics, election law. Author of 38 monographic works.

Renata Uitz

Professor, Head of Legal Studies Department and Chair of Comparative Constitutional Law Program and co-director of the clinical specialization at Central European University (Budapest) – one of Europe’s leading academic centers. Her teaching covers subjects in comparative constitutional law in Europe and North America, transitional justice and human rights protection with special emphasis on the enforcement of constitutional rights and on issues of bodily privacy and sexuality. Theories and practices of good governance in and after democratic transition, and the role of courts in constructing the constitutional subject are at the center of her research interests. In 1996 graduated from the Faculty of Law (Eötvös Lóránt University), and in 1997 at the Central European University, she received a master’s degree (LLM) on comparative constitutional law, and in 2001 the highest doctorate (SJD) also on comparative constitutional law. Among scientific interest it is possible to mention: theory and practice of effective governance in the transition to democracy and beyond in various states, as well as the role of the courts in shaping the subject of constitutional law. “Constitutions, Courts and History” (2004) was her first book, while her most recent is “Freedom of Religion in European Constitutional and International Case Law” (2007). Author of over 30 articles and book chapters which appeared mainly in English, Hungarian and Russian. Regularly takes part in numerous conferences and discussions on comparative constitutional law.

Stephen Holmes

Professor of Law at New York University School of Law (USA), Faculty Adviser at the Center on Law and Security of New York University School of Law, a current member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. After receiving his PhD from Yale in 1976, he taught briefly at Yale and Wesleyan universities before becoming a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in 1978. Later he taught at Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Princeton before joining the faculty at NYU School of Law in 2000. From 1992 to 2003 was the chief editor of East European Constitutional Review”.

Andras Sajo

Professor at Central European University (Budapest),  Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights (since November 2015), Global Visiting Professor of Law at New York University Law School, member of the American Law Institute (1997) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1995). He participated and/or advised in drafting the Ukrainian, Georgian, and South African constitutions. He also was the principal draftsman of the Environment Code for the Hungarian Parliament (1991-1992), as well as the founder and speaker of the Hungarian League for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. He has also served as Deputy Chair of the National Deregulation Board of Hungary. The sphere of research interests includes human rights, philosophy of law, international and comparative environmental law, sociology of law and comparative constitutional law. Among a number of publications could be mentioned his book “Limiting Government. An Introduction to Constitutionalism” (2001 in Russian), “Comparative Constitutionalism: Cases and Files” (coauthors – N. Dorsen, M. Rosenfeld and S. Bayer, 2003 in English).