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Lev Semionovich Simkin

Former George F. Kennan Scholar


    April 13, 2016 — May 13, 2016

    Professional affiliation

    Professor, Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property

    Wilson Center Projects

    Soviet trials of masterminds and their accomplices in the killings of Jews

    Full Biography

    Dr. Lev Simkin is a professor at the Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property (Moscow, Russia). He received his Doctor of Juridical Sciences degree from Moscow State University. Dr. Simkin worked for the Ministry of Justice in a professorial and specialist capacity. In 1993 Dr. Simkin was a member of the Konstitutsionnoe Soveshanie (Constitutional Council) that prepared a draft of the Russian Constitution. He received several awards from the Federal Bar Association as well as the Russian Internet Award for Intellectual Property Protection. He was a Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2010 and a Diane and Howard Wohl Fellow at the Memorial Holocaust Museum in 2012. 

    Major Publications

    Simkin, Lev. (2015). Korotkim budet prigovor (The short sentence). Zebra E.

    Simkin, Lev. (2014). Death sentence despite the law: A secret 1962 crimes-against-humanity trial in Kiev. Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 27 (2), 299-312.

    Simkin, Lev. (2013). Poltara chasa vozmezdiya (An hour and a half of vengeance). Zebra E.

    Simkin, Lev. (2012). Amerikanskaya mechta sektanta, ili tserkov’ emigrantov (The American dream of a Russian sectarian or the church of immigrants). Zebra E. 

    Previous Terms

    Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, "Russian Law and Challenges of Religious Freedom in the 21st Century," November 2009 - January 2010; Kennan Short Term Grant, "The Judiciary and Politics in a Law-Governed State," May - June 1992.