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Olimpiada Usanova

Former Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution


    December 1, 2019 — May 31, 2020

    Professional affiliation

    PhD of Law, Independent Scholar and Lawyer

    Olimpiada Usanova is a lawyer, an independent scholar, and a human rights activist. She is former Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute.

    Wilson Center Projects

    Gender discrimination against women and domestic violence: Is the US experience applicable to Russia?

    Full Biography

    Olimpiada Usanova is a lawyer and Russian human right activist. She holds a PhD in Law and has more than 15 years experience working as an assistant professor at the Universities of Russia, has many scientific publications in the field of protection of human rights. Also she works as a practice lawyer. She has been awarded fellowships from Fulbright scholar exchange program in Pennsylvania State University, Diskinson Law School, USA. Since 2018, she has become a certified tutor of the Human Right Education for Legal Professional Program of Council of Europe, specializing in Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. Now, she has been a member of the working group in NGO on the development of an interagency agreement and legal regulation measures to prevent domestic violence in Nizhny Novgorod. Since 2019, she has been a member of the Public Monitoring Commission for the Nizhny Novgorod in Civic Chamber of Russia Federation and protects the rights of prisoners against violence.