Development of Russian Law Team


Associate Professor Marianna Muravyeva

I have been engaged in socio-legal research and policy activities with public and voluntary sector organisations since 1996. I have worked as a researcher, trainer and professor for academic and non-academic agencies and projects, including the UN (UNDP program in Central Asia), NGOs (including women’s shelters in St. Petersburg) and a number of universities in Russia, Finland, the US and the UK. My research and policy engaged projects include those sponsored by the EC, US State Department, Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils, Finnish Academy and Dutch National Research Organisation.

My research is interdisciplinary, bringing together history, social sciences and law to examine long-term trends and patterns in social development, with a special focus on normativity, gender and violence. Some of my most recent projects focus on family violence (violence against parents and domestic violence), the history of crime (homicide and, particularly, femicide), legal history, gender history, and history of sexuality. Currently, I am focusing on the study of everyday uses of law based on empirical data from Russian courts and how it contributes to thinking about rule of law and better governance.

I am a founding member of the Russian Association of Women’s Historians (RAIZhI) and co-chair of the Women and Gender Network of the European Social Sciences History Conference. I am also an editor for the Palgrave book series World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence and a member of a number of editorial boards, including for the Russian Law Journal and Comparative Legal History.

Marianna Muravyeva: Research outputs, projects, activities


Phone: +358294122817

Dr. Alexander Kondakov, Postdoctoral Researcher

I hold a PhD in Sociology and my main areas of interest are Sociology of Law and Queer Theory. At the Aleksanteri Institute, I am working together with Professor Marianna Muravyeva in the projects on Russian law intersecting with gender and sexuality. My own research looks at violence against LGBTQ people in Russia. I collect reliable information on hate crimes and other incidents of violence in this regard. The aim is to address something what I call “violent affections”, those particular emotions that make perpetrators commit acts of criminal violence against LGBTQ people. In advancing this idea, I try to expand our understanding of the functioning of law in Russia, development of human rights, Queer Theory and sociological interpretations of legal relationships.

Alexander Kondakov: Research output, projects, activities


Phone: +358294123610


Dr. Elena Cirkovic, University Researcher

Research interests:  international public law,  outer space law, law of the sea, international humanitarian law, transnational law, indigenous rights, environmental protection, architecture,

Dr. Cirkovic is a member of the Earth System Governance Team of researchers:

She is also an Associate Expert for the McGill University Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) Project, which aims to develop a widely-accepted manual clarifying the fundamental rules applicable to the military use of outer space in peacetime.

Current project: Space, Ice, and the Final Frontiers of International Law

Elena Cirkovic: Research output, projects, activities




Dmitry Kurnosov, Carlsberg Fellow, University of Helsinki

Dmitry Kurnosov joins the Development of Russian Law Team for the next two years as a Carlsberg Internationalization Postdoctoral Fellow. He will be working on the project ‘Evaluating the Efficiency of Electoral Rights under the European Convention: A Cross-Regime Perspective’. Specifically, Dmitry will study how the election jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights impacts the development of law, resolution of electoral disputes and election administration in Finland, Denmark, and several Post-Soviet countries,

Dmitry Kurnosov holds a PhD in Law from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in Political Science from St. Petersburg State University. Prior to becoming a researcher, Dmitry has for several years been a Deputy Spokesperson of the Russian Constitutional Court.




Serafima Karkkila, Research Assistant

I am studying my 2nd year at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law. I have an interest in many fields of law, like contract law, corporate law, and international law. At the moment I am taking a special interest in Russian law and am seriously considering specializing in that field.