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Constitutional Justice Workshop, 21-26 June 2016, Moscow

Institute for Law and Public Policy & American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

US – Russia Peer-to-Peer Project "Improving Constitutional Justice through Legal Education"

Constitutional Justice Workshop
June 21-26, 2016, Moscow

The first Summer Constitutional Justice Workshop, organized by the Institute for Law and Public Policy together with the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy from 21 up to 26 June, 2016, has finished.

Leading Russian and foreign scholars and practitioners in the field of constitutional law have shared their knowledge with the Workshop participants. The intensive five-day program included a wide range of issues on constitutional judicial control and protection of constitutional rights.

The faculty of the Workshop included: Caroline Fredrickson (President of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy); Tom Sasman (Adjunct Professor at the American University’s Washington College of Law); Mark Tashnet (William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School); Gerald Hebert (Executive Director and Director of Litigation at the Campaign Legal Center); Daniel Smilov (Associate Professor at the University of Sofia and Recurrent Visiting Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Central European University); Alexandra Troitskaya (Associate Professor at the Department of constitutional and municipal law at the Law faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University).

18 participants of the Constitutional Justice Workshop – Graduates, Master Students, Ph.D. Students of Law universities and law faculties from all over Russia (Volgograd, Kazan, Kaluga, Moscow, Samara, St. Petersburg, Perm, Chelyabinsk), were selected on a competitive basis. 

The Workshop had a research and practice-oriented character. Participants had the opportunity not only to listen to the lectures, but also to present their own legal projects. Individual projects of Workshop participants concerned different issues, in particular, prevention of environmental crimes, the fight against corruption, elimination of discrimination, juvenile justice in Russia, formation of a social services’ market, constitutional rights in the digital sphere, support for indigenous peoples, etc. All of the speakers received valuable comments from experts and other Workshop participants for further improvement of their projects.

Participants also had an opportunity to take part in a constitutional moot court on the right to privacy of telephone conversations, which was based on the European Court of Human Rights’ Judgment of 4 December 2015, the case of ‘Roman Zakharov (Roman Zakharov) against the Russian Federation’ (application number 47143 / 06).

The feedback from some of the Workshop participants:

Irina Osmankina: ‘Participation in the Workshop gave me a motivation and inspiration to engage in public law, constitutional law, human rights law. When you see highly qualified lawyers, who have achieved a lot in this area, you understand that, probably, you will be able to work successfully in this field too, that you will be able to achieve concrete results and to contribute to the development of law in the country’.

Dimitriy Mednikov: ‘Constitutional Justice Workshop has given me an insight into ​​the activities of organizations involved in the protection of constitutional rights in Russia and the United States, as well as a new knowledge about strategic litigation, including the skills of oral argument and preparing briefs’.

Pavel Romanov: ‘Constitutional Justice Workshop was inspiring for me as a practicing lawyer and it restored my faith in efficiency of human rights protection mechanisms. I believe in the “small deeds” theory : legal work in any field gives a specific result, each result is at least locally important, because the person youhelp returns back to the society and transmits the experience to others’. 

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Constitutional Justice Workshop Faculty

Caroline Fredrickson

President, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS)

Caroline Fredrickson oversees the group and provides a steady hand of leadership to the nation’s leading progressive legal organization. Caroline is author of Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over (The New Press, 2015). Before joining ACS, Caroline served as the director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office and as general counsel and legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In addition, Caroline was chief of staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell and deputy chief of staff to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During the Clinton administration, she served as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs. Caroline is a member of Law Students for Reproductive Justice's Advisory Board. In 2013, she was named a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). Caroline is also co-chair of the National Constitution Center's Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board. In 2015 Caroline was named a Demos Senior Fellow.

Mark Tushnet

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

After receiving his J.D. from Yale, Professor Tushnet served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1972-73. He then was a member of the law faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison until joining the Law Center faculty in 1981. He is co-author of three casebooks, Federal Courts in the 21st Century: Policy and Practice; Constitutional Law: Cases and Commentary; and co-author with Vicki Jackson of a coursebook on Comparative Constitutional Law. His other recent writings include The NAACP's Legal Strategy Against Segregated Education 1925-1950, which received the Littleton Griswold Award of the American Historical Association; Red, White and Blue: A Critical Analysis of Constitutional Law; Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1936-1961; Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991; and Taking the Constitution Away from the Courts. He was the secretary of the Conference on Critical Legal Studies from 1976-85, and is President of the Association of American Law Schools for 2004.

Tom Susman

Director of Governmental Affairs, American Bar Association

Thomas M. Susman became the Director of the Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association in May 2008 and ABA Associate Executive Director, Washington Office, in February 2010. The Governmental Affairs Office serves as the focal point for the Association's advocacy efforts before Congress, the Executive Branch, and other governmental entities on diverse issues of importance to the legal profession. Prior to joining the ABA in 2008, he was a partner in the Washington Office of Ropes & Gray LLP for over 25 years. There his work included counseling, litigation, and lobbying on a wide range of regulatory, antitrust and information law issues. He handled legislative matters on behalf of both large and small clients – businesses, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations – in a variety of industries. He was active in seeking enactment of legislation, in obtaining appropriations for specific projects, in blocking or amending legislative proposals, and in counseling targets of congressional investigations. Typical projects involved homeland security, energy, tax code amendments, regulatory reform, intellectual property protection, environmental protection, access to government information, Native American issues, and antitrust law reform.

Before joining Ropes & Gray, he served on Capitol Hill for over 11 years. He was Chief Counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure and General Counsel to the Antitrust Subcommittee and to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He is a nationally recognized expert on lobbying and freedom of information. He co-edits the American Bar Association’s Lobbying Manual; served as an adjunct professor on lobbying at The American University’s Washington College of Law; and chairs the Ethics Committee of the American League of Lobbyists. His most recent articles on the subject address lobbying reform, reciprocity, contingent fee lobbying, and the proper role of campaign contributions in lobbying. He has also written, taught, and lectured on transparency and access to government information; he received the American Library Association’s “Champion of Public Access” award in 2009 and the Collaboration on Government Secrecy’s “Robert Vaughn FOIA Legend” award in 2008, and is founder and president of the D.C. Open Government Coalition.

Mr. Susman previously served in the ABA’s House of Delegates and on its Board of Governors. He is a member of the American Law Institute, was Chairman of the National Judicial College Board, and was president of the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation. He is a graduate of Yale University and received his J.D. from the University of Texas Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review.

Daniel Smilov

Associate Professor, University of Sofia, Programme Director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies

Daniel Smilov is a comparative constitutional lawyer and political scientist. He is Associate Professor at the University of Sofia, Programme Director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Recurrent Visiting Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Central European University, Budapest. He holds doctorates from the University of Oxford and the Central European University, Budapest. He has done research and taught at different universities, including the European University Institute, Florence, the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oxford. He is Secretary of the Panel of Experts on Political Parties of the OSCE/ODIHR.

Aleksandra Troitskaya

Associate Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Candidate of Law, Associate Professor at the Department of constitutional and municipal law at the law faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University (worked at the Department since 2009). Candidate thesis was written on "Constitutional and legal limitations and restrictions of freedom of the individual and the public authorities" (MSU, 2008, supervisor Prof. N. Bogdanova). Conducts seminars on Constitutional Law (General), Constitutional Law of Russia, municipal law in Russia. Research interests - a comparative constitutionalism, human rights and freedoms, constitutional justice, decentralization of power.

Grigory Vaypan

Head of Litigation Unit, Institute for Law and Public Policy

Grigory Vaypan is the Head of Litigation Unit at the Institute for Law and Public Policy. He obtained his first law degree from Moscow State University and his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. Grigory has a number of published articles and blogs on public international law, constitutional law, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law. He has brought cases before the Russian Constitutional Court on matters including electoral law, criminal due process, and compliance with judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. He has also authored a number of amicus curiae briefs for the Constitutional Court. Grigory teaches a workshop on legal argumentation. He has interned at the Constitutional Court of Russia, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, and the Moscow Office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

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