Summer Jurisprudence Module

March 7, 2018

The School of Law of the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service of the Russian Presidential Academy invites students worldwide to participate in our annual Summer Jurisprudence Module.

The Module envisions a two-week experience in the heart of Russia, focusing on innovative legal mini-courses (6-10 hours) taught in English by some of our best faculty. Participants do not sit exams, but do receive a Certificate of Attendance, and we encourage all levels of students, Bachelor’s and Master’s, to attend. Due to our partnership with Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis and University of Trento, the three best students from that program are traditionally invited to attend free of charge. For all other participants, the cost of attendance and housing is 300 Euros per person (air travel, visas, food expenses, and so on are the responsibility of the student).

Summer Jurisprudence Module 2018 runs from May 21 – June 03, 2018.

Complete fluency is not required, but students must be comfortable speaking, writing, and reading academic and legal texts in English.

To register, please email

This course list will be continually updated, please check back regularly. Thank you!

Summer Jurisprudence Module 2018 course descriptions:

Business and Human Rights (8 hours)

This course will introduce the emerging field of Business and Human Rights. This area of law is rapidly developing and gaining momentum worldwide, and is changing how International Law, Corporate Law and other areas view corporations and their place in society. Due to increasing corporate power and technological interconnectedness, as well as environmental and other global challenges, this discipline is increasingly finding resonance in both Business and Law, even finding intersectionality with diverse disciplines such as the sciences and Ethics. Universities such as NYU, Columbia, Berkeley, the University of Michigan and Oxford are among those leading its teaching and development. This course will examine the history and context of Business and Human Rights, its present and future, and its potential impact and relevance, including in Russia. This is the first such course at the Academy, and one of the first (possibly the first) in Russia. (Elena Danilenko is an International Law lecturer at the Academy and a board member of the ABA’s Business and Human Rights Project at the Center for Human Rights.)

Legal Aesthetics: Law in the Lens of Art’ (6 hours)

Legal Aesthetics: Law in the Lens of Art’  introduces to the problem of aesthetic perception of law, state, and legal profession and their material reflection in the art: cinema, music, painting, architecture, literature, dance, etc. The course renders a new interpretation of law as an outcome of the emotional experience of mankind in the historical and contemporary, national and worldwide cultural contexts. The aesthetics of justice is construed as a pivotal stage of the sense interaction between legal state and human. Matters of harmony, style, humor, entertainment, and other categories of aesthetics are expounded from the standpoint of connection of law and our lifeway. This course will be useful for those who relate themselves to juridical environment, love artwork, and appreciate beauty. ((Lecturer: Doctor of Law Alexander Eremenko.)

Comparative public administration

The course is aimed at studying various models and approaches to public and municipal administration around the world with emphasis on the study of legal aspects. Students should develop their analytical skills, the ability to use modern methods of comparative analysis. Through the prism of a comparative analysis students will be able to learn the peculiarities of the public administration in the Russian Federation, deepen their knowledge of the theory of state and law, theory of governance.
By the end of this course students should be able to:
• carry out comparative analysis in the sphere of public and municipal administration;
• understand the essence and conceptual framework of public and municipal administration;
• use acquired knowledge to evaluate modern bureaucracies;
• analyze how political, legal, social and economic environment influences governmental structures;
• search, process and analyze information necessary to substantiate tendencies of governmental and municipal structures development;
(Associate Proffesor Tigran Zanko, PhD (Law)

Legal Geography and Comparative Justice

A brief course ‘Legal Geography and Comparative Justice’ (6 hours) frames key issues pertaining to comparative law, international and national levels of legal systems (legal families), and regional political and economic geography. The course proceeds from the modern doctrine of legal families arranging juridical education and science, legal policy, legislation, judiciary, practice of law, and other legal phenomena by certain organizational principles. Legal geography elucidates legal objects in the light of territorial distribution of legal culture and legal tradition worldwide with reference to the space-and-time and social parameters of national states, subnational, supranational and transnational formations. Judiciary and organization of justice in the planetary dimension are the most concentrated manifestation of these items. The comparative justice unveils the targets of legal regulation, detects the most effective forms of judiciary, proceedings, arbitration, pre-court, mediation, and it contributes to the practice of fair trial. The course would be useful for those who are interested in country studies and cross-cultural problems of law and justice. The course’s author and speaker is Director of Center for Comparative Law IPACS RANEPA, Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), Professor Alexander Eremenko.

Russian Language for Foreigners (8 hours):

You will learn the basics of our beautiful language. This course aims to teach the basic structure and alphabet, common words and phrases, and basic reading skills. Your first step toward exploring the city, studying Russian law and getting lost in Tolstoy! (Olga Kiyanova is an award-winning linguist and professor with 35 years of experience.)

The Civil Service of Russia: bases, problems and perspectives (4 hours)

It is planned to study the legal and organizational bases of the development of the civil service of modern Russia. Attention of listeners will be offered to consider issues of fighting corruption in government, the problems of optimizing power structures and staffing the system of public administration. We will pay attention on the reform of the civil service of Russia in a comparative aspect with the countries of developed democracy. (Lecturer: Doctor of Law Natalya Antoshina.)

Application of English Law in cross-border transactions with a Russian element (6 hours)

The course focuses on key theoretical issues and practical aspects of international deals with a Russian element. All stages of dealmaking are covered, including negotiations and post-closing obligations. (Dr. Anna Chizhova is an associate professor at the School of Law of the IPACS RANEPA and a member of the Anglo-Russian Law Association.)

Russian Judiciary and Procedure (10 hours)

This course will introduce you to the most complex and important part of the Russian legal system. Being the third branch of government, the judiciary occupies a special place in the Russian checks and balance system. According to the Russian Constitution our state is committed to the rule of law. It is the judiciary that provides for guarantees for implementing this fundamental principle. The institutions of judiciary exercise a great role in the modern Russian society. Judiciary does not create positive law but the positive law goes through its scrutiny and either becomes good law or disappears from the legal framework. The course incorporates description and discussion of the most important reforms to the Russian judicial system and procedure codes. You will also learn the structure of the judiciary and the main challenges that it currently faces. (The lecturer Alena Zaytseva, Ph.D in Law, had worked for the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation for 13 years)

The Russian Bar System and Comparative Practice of Law

A concise course ‘The Russian Bar System and Comparative Practice of Law’ (6 hours) outlines a range of topics linking the national framework of the Russian legal environment and the global design of practice of law in the view of country studies. The course unwraps the organizational chart of the Bar in Russia, focusing on the professional competence and ethics of the Russian attorneyship and the constitutional principle of qualified legal aid giving by attorneys-at-law. The variety of practicing legal professions and professional associations of lawyers, attorneys-at-law, notaries, judges, prosecutors, jurisconsults, jurists, and other experts on law is an element of the Russian legal system in consideration of its history, functions, procedures, and evolving trends. The comparative practice of law is displayed on the monitor of actual operation of national legal institutions in the context of regional political and economic geography. The course would be useful for those who are interested in country studies and cross-cultural problems of law and legal profession. The course’s author and speaker is Director of Center for Comparative Law IPACS RANEPA, Hon. Attorney-at-Law, Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), Professor Alexander Eremenko.

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