The Kennan Institute, in partnership with the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, will host a seminar consisting of leading Russian human rights experts visiting the U.S. as part of ABA ROLI’s Conditions of Confinement and Prison Reform Study Tour, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. The meeting will address Russian citizens’ use of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) as a tool for justice, its judgments on prison issues, and the court’s broader influence on the Russian judicial system.

RSVP is required to attend. Please RSVP using the link at the top of this page.

Please note that seating for this event is available on a first come, first served basis. Please call on the day of the event to confirm. Please bring an identification card with a photograph (e.g. driver's license, work ID, or university ID) as part of the building's security procedures.

The Kennan Institute speaker series is made possible through the generous support of the Title VIII Program of the U.S. Department of State.



  • Maria Voskobitova

    Human Rights Training Advisor, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
  • Asmik Novikova

    Senior Research Analyst, Public Verdict Foundation
  • Pavel Chikov

    Chair, Agora Human Rights Association
  • Andrey Babushkin

    Chair, Committee “For Civil Rights,” and Member, Expert Council on Human Rights in the Russian Federation