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Grigory Vaypan

Former Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution


    March 1, 2020 — May 31, 2020

    Professional affiliation

    Independent human rights lawyer and scholar

    Grigory Vaypan is a former Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. He is an independent Russian human rights lawyer and scholar.


    International Law, Human Rights, Rule of Law, Constitutional Law

    Wilson Center Projects

    Constitutional Justice in Russia: What Went Wrong and How We Can Make It Right

    Full Biography

    Grigory Vaypan holds his first law degree from Moscow State University, a LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in International Law from Saint Petersburg State University. Until recently, he was Head of Litigation at the Institute of Law and Public Policy, an independent non-governmental organization in Moscow, Russia. Grigory has directed strategic human rights litigation before the Constitutional Court of Russia and the European Court of Human Rights. His team’s victories at the Constitutional Court include the case of Ildar Dadin, a human rights activist imprisoned for peaceful protest, and the case of Soviet-era deportees claiming their right to return home from internal exile. Since 2013, Grigory has developed the practice of amici curiae interventions before the Constitutional Court of Russia. In 2016, he became the first representative of a non-governmental organization invited to make oral argument before the Court as amicus curiae. Grigory teaches workshops on constitutional litigation and writes on constitutional law and international law. He is the recipient of the Moscow Helsinki Group Human Rights Award for defending human rights in court (2022).

    Major Publications

    Hard to Be a God: the Russian Constitutional Court and its First Case on Enforceability of a Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, 4(113) Comparative Constitutional Review (2016) (in Russian)

    Choosing Among the Shades of Nuance: the Discourse of Proportionality in International Law, 15(2) Global Jurist (2015)

    Acquiescence Affirmed, Its Limits Left Undefined: the Markin Judgment and the Pragmatism of the Russian Constitutional Court vis-à-vis the European Court of Human Rights, 2(3) Russian Law Journal (2014)