Researcher in the ERC-project INTLAWRUSSIA lead by Prof Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu. Aim and research question of the project:

“The central research question of our project is: what impact does the increasingly non-liberal orientation of the government of the Russian Federation have on the Russian doctrine and practice of international law? As the West and Russia hope to further build their relationship on international law, is it still the same international law that they are talking about? We aim to provide systematic empirical evidence on the use and conceptualization of international law in the Russian Federation. But we intend to go further than that. The project has also a wider theoretical ambition since we intend to analyze the situation in Russia as an example of something beyond Russia itself, namely from the viewpoint of the question of how non-liberal States understand and practice international law. Whether non-liberal States ‘behave worse’ in respect to international law than liberal States is one of the most important debates in the post-Cold War international legal theory. To combine these two questions – Russia and how non-liberal States relate to international law – promises ground-breaking new insights. Our method includes, beside obvious classical tools of international legal research, using IR theories of constructivism and liberalism. Moreover, we will conduct interviews with Russian judges, politicians and legal academicians in order to get a more nuanced and realistic view on the conceptualization and use of international law in Russia. Besides the PI, the research team includes two post-doc scholars at the Faculty of Law of Tartu University. Three doctoral student positions are also foreseen in the project.”

Presentations under  the project (selection)

SETTLEMENT OF INVESTMENT DISPUTES WITH COUNTRIES IN TRANSITION, Moscow November 2009, Parallel proceedings (state court litigation/arbitration) in investment disputes, Conference programme

4thESIL RESEARCH FORUM, Tallinn 2011, with Azar Aliyev , The Customs Union of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC): Eurasian counterpart to the European Union?, Conference programme

Rule of Law in International Affairs” Round table discussion at the RGSL, Riga, Latvia, 2012

Publications under the project

1. Russia in the WTO – the Bear on a Leash? Russia in international  trade, disputes and the added value of a WTO-membership (Journal of World Trade, Kluwer, issue 47:6, December 2013)

2. The Customs Union and the Common Economic Space of the Eurasian Economic Community: Eurasian Counterpart to the EU or Russian Domination? [with Azar Aliyev, Link to the German Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 54 (2011)]

3. Parallel Proceedings in international investment disputes – risks, options and aspects of relevance for Russian investment disputes, in: Trunk, Alexander; Aliyev, Azar, International Investment Law in Transitional States, Infotropic Russia (book chapter, forthcoming)