Ruslan Garipov is an experienced researcher and educator, he holds JD and PhD in International Law from Kazan State University (Russia) and LLM in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law. Being an Associate Professor at Kazan University, he taught a course on indigenous peoples’ rights and had a number of published articles in different peer-reviewed law journals about Russian indigenous peoples and relevant environmental issues. Ruslan also has a practical experience working at Homer Law Chartered, a DC-based law firm that focuses on the rights of American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. Ruslan participated at the UN and OAS meetings on indigenous issues, and worked as a consultant for the World Bank Group on indigenous peoples’ social development challenges. Combining the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, Ruslan advances the ideas that indigenous people should benefit from their natural resources, instead of becoming a hostage of it and suffer oppression and degradation from its exploitation.

Project Summary

Territories of indigenous peoples have been industrializing since the middle of the 20th century. Different ways of living and using natural resources caused a conflict between extractive business representatives and local indigenous communities. It is very important to bring to the fore the internationally recognized principle of free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples concerning any proposed commercial development on their territories. Indigenous peoples in the Arctic should be recognized as equal partners by commercial enterprises and must be allowed the opportunity to co-manage all such projects. It is indispensable to protect the environment and lands of indigenous peoples as well as their traditional way of life and traditional natural resource use. The unified system of relations between indigenous peoples and mining companies should be developed.

Major Publications

Ruslan Garipov, Extractive Industries and Indigenous Minority Peoples’ Rights in Russia, 1 NORDIC ENVIRONMENTAL LAW JOURNAL 67 (2014)
Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Protection in Russia and the US (Ruslan Garipov ed., Tatar State University of Humanities and Education, 2010)
Indigenous Peoples’ Protection in International Law (Ruslan Garipov ed., Kazan Federal University, 2012)


Previous Terms

Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar, Kennan Institute, Senior Lecturer and Chair, Department of State and Law Disciplines, Kazan State Pedagogical University, March 2007 - July 2007, "The Federal Structure of the USA in Comparison with Russia". Public Policy Scholar, Kennan Institute, Chair of the Department of State and Law Disciplines, Law Faculty, Tatar Humanitarian and Pedagogical University, Kazan, Russia, February 2011 - April 2011, "Peoples' Right to Self-Determination in the Contemporary World". George F. Kennan Scholar, Kennan Institute, Associate Professor, International and European Law Department, Kazan Federal University (Russia); Visiting Scholar at Washington College of Law, American University (2014-2015), August 2014- June 2015, "Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Development in Russia and the US: International Legal and Domestic Issues."