Cosponsored by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Public interest law has developed significantly in Russia over the past two decades with lawyers leading the push to enforce the civil and social rights set forth in the 1993 constitution. In light of recent government actions, the Russian courtroom has become one of the last protected areas of free speech in the country. The Jackson Foundation and the Kennan Institute convened four of Russia's leading experts to give a briefing on the current state of public interest law.


  • Dmitri Bartenev

    Attorney, Adjunct Professor of International Law, St. Petersburg State University
  • Anton Burkov

    Former Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
  • Anna Demeneva

    Consultant to the Ombudsman for Human Rights, Sverdlovsk oblast
  • Nadezhda Kutepova

    Director, NGO Planeta Nadezhd (Planet of Hopes); Public Adviser to Ombudsman, Chelyabinsk Oblast