Annually the team of the Institute of Law takes part in Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Law students of the European universities simulate judicial hearings and defend the interests of the defendant and complainant in turn.
Students are happy to participate in international summer schools at the Universities of Austria, South Korea, China. Such form of education gives an opportunity to study, practice foreign languages, exchange experience with colleagues and, at the same time, find new friends and discover new countries.
Department of Administrative and Financial Law
Date of foundation: 2003.
Head of Department – Oleg Aleksandrovich Yastrebov, Doctor of Law, Doctor of Economics, Professor, Director of the RUDN University Institute of Law, President of the Association of Legal Education of Russia, Vice-President of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles in Law of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
The Department trains specialists in public and financial management. The Department teaches legal support of the interaction between entrepreneurial entities and public and municipal authorities.
The scientific interests of the department include methods and mechanisms of administrative and financial law, legal processes in entrepreneurial activities. Special focus is laid on banking, insurance and other financial spheres of application of legal knowledge.
In addition to the traditional range of scientific matters the Department deals with modern directions: financial monitoring, public administration of innovative activities, administrative and legal regulation of anti-monopoly activities, protection of competition.
The Department cooperates with state organizations and higher education institutions: Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation, Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, State Duma, Kutafin Moscow State Law University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Saint-Petersburg State University.
Department of Civil Law and Procedure and International Private Law
Date of foundation: 1960.
Head of Department – Evgeniya Evgenievna Frolova, Doctor of Law, Professor, Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation, Honorary Worker of Higher Vocational Education of the Russian Federation.
The scientific activities of the Department embrace a wide range of directions. The research is being conducted in the following areas: civil law, trade law, corporate law of the Russian Federation, M&A deals, labour law, civil procedure, arbitration procedure, commercial disputes, international private law, international commercial arbitration, international civil procedure.
Civil law, domestic relations law, business and housing law are taught in the Department. Special courses are developed for practical training. They are reviewed depending on the current demands of the society, students’ requests and based on the successful experience of other law higher education institutions.
The Student Consulting Society operates at the Department. It is modelled on legal clinics of the USA. The bureau offers legal consultations for Russian Federation citizens free of charge. The pride of the department is scientific student LAM CLUB. The name encodes the areas of its work - Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation. Annually the department prepares a team of law students for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, which takes place in Vienna (Austria).
Department of Land and Environmental Law
Date of foundation: 2008.
Head of Department – Marina Anatolievna Vakula, PhD in Law, Assistant Professor.
The Department does research in natural resource, nature protection and energy law. Its scientific and research work deals with a whole range of topical issues: legal regulation of land relations, analysis of Russian and foreign legislation, complex nature management and environmental protection, economic mechanism of ensuring rights for participants in ecological relations. Issues of judicial and non-judicial settlement of disputable legal cases in economic activity are under consideration.
During classes, students are taught theory and are introduced to the practical aspect of their profession. Students simulate assumed situations which arise during legal support of organizations, master techniques of making up legal documents and specificity of their application in a case.
The Department cooperates successfully with organizations of specialization close to theirs, including Ministry of Nature Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Department of Housing, Utilities and Amenities of Moscow, Lomonosov Moscow State University, State University of Management, D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Research and Scientific Centre for Ecosafety of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The partners of the Department also include Russian Railways, Gazprom, Mosenergo, Moscow Bar Association, international consultancy Mott Macdonald (Great Britain), international consulting company HER-Advice (Netherlands), Russian and German project ‘Climatic Economic Activity: Introduction of Best Available Technologies in the Russian Federation’.
Department of Foreign Languages
Date of foundation: 1982.
Head of Department – Anastasiya Anatolievna Atabekova, Doctor of Letters, Professor, Chairperson of the RUDN University Commission on Foreign Languages. Member of the European Legal Interpreters and Translators Association, member of the European Council Academic Board on Languages as the official representative of RUDN University, member of the Russian delegation in the Committee of the Parties to the Lanzarote Convention.
The Department does extensive scientific research in legal translation, theory and practice of teaching a foreign language to law students using innovative information technologies.
The major goal of the Department is to train specialists with professional skills in a foreign language. Students can choose from German, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean. At the end of their training students obtain not only a bachelor’s degree in law but a diploma in translation in the field of professional communication in one or several foreign languages.
The Department traditionally organizes summer language internships and term trainings in Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, China, France, etc. Students are trained to participate in international competitions on conducting negotiations in English.
Annually the Department conducts an international conference ‘Professionally-oriented foreign language teaching and translation in a higher education institution’.
The partners of the department in educational and certification programmes include the Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, Cambridge ESOL (Great Britain), Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (France), University of Salzburg (Austria), University of Alcalà (Spain), Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Xi’an Jiaotong University (China).
Department of International Law
Date of foundation: 1960.
Head of Department – Aslan Huseinovich Abashidze, Doctor of Law, Professor, member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, member of the Expert Board in Law of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, member of the Scientific and Advisory Board at the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, member of the Scientific and Advisory Board at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, member of the Expert Board of the Human Rights Commissioner in the Russian Federation, Chairperson of the International Law Commission of the UN Association of Russia, Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation.
The Department develops and teaches such rare courses in human rights as Human Rights Treaty Bodies, International Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Human Rights, Promotion and Protection of Rights of Vulnerable Groups in International Law, International and Legal Foundations of Protection of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, Protection of Environmental Human Rights, International and Legal Regulation of Migration, International Business and Human Rights, etc.
The academic staff of the department contains authors of manuals on international space law, international air law, international maritime law, diplomatic and consular law, peaceful settlement of international disputes, law of international organizations, European law.
A Resource Centre has been established at the Department. Students get access to the literature published in UN working languages there. The Department has a library on international space law named after Professor Gennadiy Zhukov, who is considered to be one of the founders of international space law.
The Department has around 20 cooperation agreements with various companies and organizations including large international organizations where students have an opportunity to complete short- and long-term internships - the United Nations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, International Committee of the Red Cross, UNESCO, UNICEF, INTERSPUTNIK, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, ROSCOSMOS Corporation, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
Department of Municipal Law
Date of foundation: 2014.
Head of Department – Levan Teimurazovich Chikhladze, Doctor of Law, Professor.
The scientific and educational interests of the Department include problems of indigenous and small-numbered peoples, local and regional administration both in the Russian Federation and foreign countries, municipal law-making, municipal legal relations, work of local authorities and their responsibility, control and oversight over their activities.
The department conducts such issue-related scientific seminars as Civil Initiative, Municipal Quarter, CIS Municipal and Legal Research where students take an active part, make speeches and participate in debates and discussions.
Department of the Russian Language
Date of foundation: 2004.
Head of Department – Vladimir Vasilievich Vorobiev, Doctor of Letters, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Holder of the Award of the President of the Russian Federation.
The main direction of the department’s activities is teaching Russian to international students. The experience accumulated at the department helps to prepare future lawyers for not only interpersonal communication in a foreign language but for educational, scientific, professional and socio-cultural activities.
For over 35 years the Department has been teaching Russian to international cosmonauts under the following programmes - Intercosmos, Peace-Shattle, International Space Station (ISS) in the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Zvezdniy Gorodok (Star City).
Department of Judicial Power, Law-Enforcement and Human Rights Activities
Date of foundation: 2011.
Head of Department – Valeriy Vasilievich Grebennikov, Doctor of Law, Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation, member of the Higher Qualifications Board of Judges of the Russian Federation.
The Department conducts fundamental and applied scientific research in legitimacy, system of justice, protection of human and civil rights and freedoms, protection of public and state interests, administration in judiciary, other law-enforcement institutions.
A professional scientific student community has been established at the department in order to involve students in scientific life. A scientific student study group devoted to legal advocacy and law-enforcement activities in Russia and foreign countries meets regularly.
The department organizes international trainings under the exchange education programmes at Xi’an Jiaotong University (China), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), and under Erasmus + programmes in the EU countries.
Department of Forensic Examination Activities
Date of foundation: 2015.
Head of Department – Svetlana Arkadievna Smirnova, Doctor of Law, Professor, Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation, Director of the Russian Federal Centre for Forensic Examination of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.
The scientific interests of the Department include organizing and holding forensic examination, information and methodical support and administration of forensic expert activity.
Master’s students supervised by the lecturers of the department participate in scientific research, preparation of scientific articles and monographs.
The Department provides an opportunity for its master’s students to complete an internship in the Russian Federal Centre for Forensic Examination and other forensic expert institutions of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.
Department of Penal Law, Criminal Litigation and Forensic Science
Date of foundation: 1982.
Head of Department – Lyudmila Aleksandrovna Bukalerova, Doctor of Law, Professor.
The Department focuses on a wide range of issues of penal law and procedure, criminal science, forensic science and psychology. The academic staff of the Department are authors of manuals, commentaries to the legislation, monographs, study guides and scientific articles.
The academic staff of the Department consists of 19 members: 10 Doctors of Law, 9 PhDs in Law. They include former employees of the Prosecutor’s Office, police, Investigation Committee, judges and working lawyers. International professors from Norway, Kazakhstan, France, USA come to the Department to deliver lectures.
The Department actively involves students in its scientific and research activities: promotes their participation in grants, organizes internships and trainings in the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, in courts. The Department has established an educational and scientific classroom of criminal science and polygraph examination.
- Training Leads to Perfection
Students complete internships in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross, Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, leading law offices of the Russian Federation.
- Study and Travel
Austria, Spain, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Greece, China, Vietnam, India, Kazakhstan… So many countries are open to law students. Exchange programmes, double diploma programmes, internships, summer schools abroad mean not only personal professional enrichment but an opportunity to travel.
- Modern Training Devices for Lawyers
Law students investigate and solve crimes, work with evidence and vestigial traces of crimes, fingerprint and test suspects using lie detector, construct a facial composite and analyse handwriting. They examine the place of occurrence, stage a raid, execute seizure, make investigatory experimentations at the special simulation training site of the place of occurrence.
- Academic Staff – Legal Practitioners
The academic staff of the RUDN University Institute of Law is a star team. Honoured Lawyers of the Russian Federation, state award recipients, leading scientists, working lawyers impart knowledge to students. Each of them is a recognized specialist in their field.
- Only Master’s Programme in Human Rights in Russia
International Human Rights Protection is the only master’s programme in Russia in this field. The programme was launched in 2009 with support from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
- Internship at the Very Heart of Europe
A training programme has been launched for law students in the European Parliament Office in Brussels.
- It’s Possible to Change Profession
A bachelor or a specialist regardless of their specialization can become a master’s student of the Institute of Law. One only should have a striving to master a legal profession and pass entrance examinations.
- Financial Support of Scientific Research
The institute supports students financially regardless of their mode of study. Law students receive merit scholarships, state and personal scholarships. The Institute covers partly or in full student expenditures on their participation in international competitions and conferences in law.
- Foreign Languages are an Essential Skill for a Modern Specialist
German, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean. There are nine languages to choose from to learn for law students. After completing the programme they obtain a diploma in translation in one or a few foreign languages.
Description of the Institute
The RUDN University Institute of Law was founded as the Faculty of Economics and Law in 1960. In 1995 the faculty was divided into two new faculties – Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Law. In 2014 the Faculty of Law was reorganized into RUDN University Institute of Law.
Ranked the second in the Subject Rankings of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Institute of Law has an ambitious goal to pursue – to bring together the most talented young people in class and make them real stars of legal science – lawyers, legal advisors, prosecutors, judges, notaries, investigators…
The focus on smart students and their comprehensive support pays off. Law students give reason for being proud of them. For example, they regularly take part and prizes in international professional contests and competitions:
- European Human Rights Moot Court Competition. It is held annually by the European Law Students Association and supported by the Council of Europe.
- Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria. It is held annually under the guise of the UN Commission on International Trade Law and a number of international arbitration institutions.
- Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Washington, USA.
- Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, modelled on hearing a case in the UN International Court of Justice.
- Annual Michael Thorsnes International Arbitration Pre-Moot Competition, San Diego, USA.
38 Doctors of Science and 95 PhDs including Honoured Lawyers of the Russian Federation, state award recipients, successful experts-practitioners including:
- Aslan Abashidze – member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. He has been elected Vice-Chairperson of the Committee twice;
- Vladimir Kartashkin – member of the Advisory Committee of the Human Rights Council. He was an employee of the UN Human Rights Division, special advisor of the UN Under-Secretary on legal issues;
- Andrey Klishas – Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction;
- Oleg Yastrebov – President of the Association of Legal Education of the Russian Federation;
- Pyotr Kucherenko – Chief of Staff of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction.
The academic staff of the Institute deliver lectures abroad: at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (Italy), International Institute for Human Rights. Foundation René Cassin (France), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Université Grenoble Alpes (France), CEU Cardenal Herrera University (Spain).
The Institute offers 47 educational programmes for bachelor, master’s and postgraduate students including 6 taught in English:
- International Protection of Human Rights;
- International Private Law;
- Legal Translation and Interpreting;
- Translator and Interpreter for Public Services and Institutions;
- Theory and History of Law and State; Comparative Legal Studies;
- Legal Sciences. Contemporary International Law (postgraduate programme).
Master’s students can choose a joint educational programme. It results in obtaining two degrees (RUDN University degree and the one of a partner university) providing a student passes final state examinations. At present 8 joint programmes have been launched:
- Legal Regulation of Blockchain Technology jointly with Kutafin Moscow State Law University;
- International Law jointly with CIS Network University;
- Natural Resources, Land and Environmental Law jointly with L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan);
- Penal Law, Criminal Procedure, Forensic Science jointly with L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan);
- Theory and History of Law and State. Comparative Legal Research jointly with L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan);
- Translator and Interpreter for Public Services jointly with University of Alcalà (taught in Spanish) (Spain);
- International Law jointly with Auezov South Kazakhstan State University (Kazakhstan);
- International Protection of Human Rights jointly with Université Grenoble Alpes (France).
Simultaneously with mastering the main specialty students learn one or a few foreign languages under the programme entitled Translator in Professional Communication and obtain a diploma in translation. They can choose any of the following languages - German, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean.
The Institute builds partner relationships with organizations and higher education institutions of France, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, China, South Korea, Vietnam, India, CIS countries, etc. Some of the forms of cooperation include internships and academic exchanges, exchange education and joint master’s programmes, conferences and lecture courses, etc.
Students have an opportunity to join and participate in:
- international internships in the European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium)
- double diploma programme jointly with Université Grenoble Alpes (Grenoble, France)
- summer school at the University of Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria)
- exchange education at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
- exchange education at Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (Nice, France)
- exchange education at Xi’an Jiaotong University (China)
- exchange education at the University of Padua (Italy)
- exchange education at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea)
- exchange education at Hanoi Law University (Vietnam)
- exchange education at the People’s Police Academy (Vietnam)
- exchange education at the University of Delhi (India)
- exchange education at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
Every term law students go to Europe under the Erasmus+ academic exchange programme and complete internships in the following universities:
- University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)
- UIC Barcelona (Spain)
- University of Messina (Italy)
- University of Groningen (Netherlands)
- University of Porto (Portugal)
- Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
- Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities (Poland)
- University of Helsinki (Finland)
- Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
- Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)
- University of Padua (Italy)
- Open University of Cyprus (Cyprus)
- Baltic International Academy (Latvia)
The Institute supports participation of its students and academic staff in international conferences. It is a good opportunity to publish materials in journals indexed by SCOPUS and Web of Science. The preference is given to conferences organized by the internationally recognized organizations:
- European Society of International Law, Athens, Greece;
- IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, University of Glasgow, Scotland;
- New Silk Road Law Schools Alliance, Xian, China;
- ELFA-European Law Faculties Association, Leuven, Belgium.
The Institute lays special focus on science. The priority research areas include:
- Comparative research of legal cultures. RUDN University lawyers focus on such issues as perception of law, legal regulation of artificial intelligence, cross-cultural interaction of human rights and freedoms and other matters of public concern. Lecturers-experts in this area have published the monograph entitled ‘Comparative Studies of Legal Cultures’. The master’s programme in Theory and History of Law and State; Comparative Legal Studies is implemented in Russian and English.
- Human rights and freedoms. The following scientific centres are launched to do research - Resource Centre for International Law, Centre for African Studies, Centre for Space Law. Human Rights School is conducted annually for members of the small indigenous minorities. The master’s programme in International Human Rights Protection is implemented in English.
- Forensic examination and environmental problems: environmental expertise, including economic aspects; remote sensing data application; forensic forest fire investigation, etc. The Institute cooperates with experts from Great Britain: TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network and Society for Wildlife Forensic Science (SWFS). The Amur Tiger Centre, Russian Geographical Society, Association of Lawyers of Russia, Chamber for Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation have also become partners of the Institute in research.
- Legal regulation of Blockchain technology (technology which the cryptocurrencies are built on). It is a new direction that is why it offers researchers larger scope for action. The research subjects include implementation and legal regulation of blockchain technologies in public administration, international and national experience of engineering standards development, providing legal framework for technologies, cryptocurrency as a basis of building a new economy, legal evaluation of cryptocurrency turnover in the Russian Federation, legal regulation and counselling of ICO (initial coin offering). In 2018 the new master’s programme in Legal Regulation of Blockchain Technology was launched jointly with Kutafin Moscow State Law University.
- Administrative legal science. The professors of the Institute participate in forming professional competences for processual lawyers. It should be explained that an expert in process, i.e. order of proceedings in court or administrative bodies, is called a processual lawyer. In particular, Aleksandr Zelentsov, Professor of the RUDN University Department of Administrative and Financial Law does research at the intersection of administrative process, legal conflict resolution science and sociology of law.
The RUDN University Institute of Law has postgraduate programmes in 15 specialties. There are 5 Dissertation Boards at the Institute. It should be noted that this indicator is the highest among the law higher education institutions of Russia. Theses are defended both in Russian and foreign languages. Since 2017 RUDN University has been entitled to confer degrees of Dr.Sc. (of field of study) of RUDN University and Ph.D. (of RUDN University).
Postgraduate students complete internships and study under exchange education programmes at partner universities: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), Xi’an Jiaotong University (China), Roma Tre University (Italy).
The Institute has high ranking positions in ratings:
- 2nd in the 2018 Subject Ranking (Legal Studies) of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation;
- TOP-5 in the Law Higher Education Institutions -2017;
- 4th according to the level of graduates’ salaries in TOP-10 best law higher education institutions.
The academic staff of the Institute consists of 175 members, including:
- 3 laureates of A.F. Koni’s prize
- 12 Honoured Lawyers of the Russian Federation
- 38 full Professors and Doctors of Science
- 95 PhDs
- 13 members of international academic staff
Leading scientists, experts and practicing lawyers regularly deliver lectures, conduct master classes, workshops, summer schools, conferences in English, Russian and other languages at the RUDN University Institute of Law.