Russian Law Talks 4 recording now available!

The seminar ‘Russian Law Talks 4 – Protection of Foreign Investment in Russia’ was held on the 12th of May 2021.

Watch the seminar here:

https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/e5515693-3669-4afc-aa2c-3c790de499d0

The original description of the event:

In 2020, Russian regulators made further steps at creating an attractive regime for doing business. According to the World Bank, Russia has improved its business climate (it climbed three places and now ranks 28 out of 190 countries). At the same time, foreign investments in Russia plummeted. The flow of foreign direct investment in Russia has decreased 96% in 2020 ($1.4 billion in 2020 compared to $29 billion in 2019). This trend partly reflects the global decline of foreign direct investments on 42% in 2020 influenced by the COVID-19. In 2020, Russian legislation introduced new measures aimed at easing the life of foreign investors. The measures ranged from substantive law changes to shaping a new regime for dispute resolution. The experts will talk about the current trends in regulations affecting foreign investment in Russia, including the introduction of Agreements on protection and encouragement of investments into Russian Law, and the arbitration reform.

Main presentation:

Leonid Kropotov, PhD, Legal Director at DLA Piper

Leonid is a legal director at international law firm DLA Piper. He has over 15 years’ experience in handling cross-border disputes (both litigation and arbitration) and M&A transactions. Leonid is an author of a monography on investments and a series of articles on international arbitration. He is holding PhD in Law from St. Petersburg State University and teaches there a post-graduate course and a master program on resolution of international disputes, investments and M&A.

Vladimir Talanov, Counsel at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

Vladimir is a Counsel at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Law Offices. He is a recognized expert in international trade law and provides clients with support in structuring international investment projects. Vladimir took part in developing a number of federal laws, including the Federal Law “On Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation” and the Federal Law “On Protection and Encouragement of Investment in the Russian Federation”. Alongside his law practice, Vladimir teaches at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” and St. Petersburg State University, where he lectures on public international law, international trade, cross-border dispute settlement and regional economic integration.

Watch the seminar here:

https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/e5515693-3669-4afc-aa2c-3c790de499d0

Russian Law Talks 3 recording now available!

Russian Law Talks 3 – Foreign Agents 2.0: Civil Society, New Legislation on the NGOs and Educational Activities in Russia – recording now available!

 

The seminar ‘Russian Law Talks 3 – Foreign Agents 2.0’ was held on the 19th of April 2021.

Watch the seminar here:

https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/80bc7341-0baa-4e44-b1b2-4c2d6595a02c

The original description of the event:

At the turn of 2020-2021 a series of bills broadening the oppressive “foreign agents” legislation, first introduced in 2012, were passed by the Russian State Duma. The new laws expand the scope of individuals and groups that can be designated “foreign agents,” introduce new restrictions and registration and reporting requirements, and oblige the media to note the designation whenever they mention these individuals or groups. Educational activities — which are now defined as any activities aimed at «intellectual, spiritual, moral, creative, physical and professional development of a person» shall be controlled by the government.

A team of NGO representatives and scholars will discuss the situation and the prospects of the Russian civil society under the new restrictive legislation.

Speakers

Alla Chikinda, Resource center for LGBT

Alla Chikinda is a communications manager in Resource center for LGBT based in Yekaterinburg, Russia. It is one of the strongest local LGBT organisations in Russia, working since 2014. Alla is responsible for external communications, notably with the media on local, national and international level, as well as potential partners and allies for Resource center. In 4 years Alla has established strong links with many well-known media and ensured that every year there are over 150 mentions of Resource center in various sources. Among the media outlets writing about the work and achievements of Resource center are Novaya gazeta, Takie dela, Radio liberty, Meduza and BBC Russian service. Ms Chikinda has also contributed to the visibility of Resource center among NGOs in Yekaterinburg and its region, taking part in and organising various  talks, podcasts and other public events.

https://www.facebook.com/alla.chikinda/

Diana Barsegyan, communications specialist at Nasiliu.net Center

Diana graduated from The Russian State University of Cinematography with a degree in screenwriting in 2018. She became an employee of the ‘Nasiliu.net’ Center in the summer of 2020. During her work, she participated in organizing discussions for experts in the field of domestic violence, organized awareness campaigns about the problem of domestic violence,  participated in a promo campaign related to the release of the center’s own clothing line. Diana took part in the filming of a video about gender equality ‘Girls are such girls’, the video can be seen on the Center’s YouTube channel. Diana also regularly communicates with journalists on behalf of the Сenter: during her work she gave comments or interviews to dozens of newspapers and magazines.

https://www.facebook.com/diana.endtitles

Tatiana Glushkova, HRC “Memorial”

Tatiana Glushkova holds a degree in law from Lomonosov Moscow State University (2011). She works as a lawyer at Human Rights Centre “Memorial” (Moscow, Russia). In this capacity she represents applicants before the European Court of Human Rights in cases brought against Russia on matters including right to life, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, right to respect for private and family life, right to non-discrimination. Tatiana engages in international advocacy before the UN and the Council of Europe bodies. In 2018 she was elected as a board member of HRC “Memorial”.

https://www.facebook.com/glush.tat/

Maria Davidenko, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Maria Davidenko is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sociology at Higher School of Economics (Moscow). Her research interests include gender inequality in organisations, state-civil society relations, and non-state actors’ participation in policymaking. Maria’s current research project examines possibilities and limitations for participation in policymaking for Russian NGOs working with the issue of domestic violence. Maria is also a member of a project group “Women and gender in public administration” (at HSE) that organises seminars and carries out research on gender segregation in public service as well as problems faced by women who seek to climb the career ladder in public administration, including gender stereotypes, the need to balance work and family responsibilities, and sexual harassment at work.

https://www.hse.ru/en/org/persons/202139458#sci

Watch the seminar here:

https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/80bc7341-0baa-4e44-b1b2-4c2d6595a02c

Russian Law Talks 4 – Protection of Foreign Investment in Russia

12 May 2021

Time: 16:00 (Helsinki time)

Via Zoom

Event description:

In 2020, Russian regulators made further steps at creating an attractive regime for doing business. According to the World Bank, Russia has improved its business climate (it climbed three places and now ranks 28 out of 190 countries). At the same time, foreign investments in Russia plummeted. The flow of foreign direct investment in Russia has decreased 96% in 2020 ($1.4 billion in 2020 compared to $29 billion in 2019). This trend partly reflects the global decline of foreign direct investments on 42% in 2020 influenced by the COVID-19. In 2020, Russian legislation introduced new measures aimed at easing the life of foreign investors. The measures ranged from substantive law changes to shaping a new regime for dispute resolution. The experts will talk about the current trends in regulations affecting foreign investment in Russia, including the introduction of Agreements on protection and encouragement of investments into Russian Law, and the arbitration reform.

Speakers:

Leonid Kropotov, PhD, Legal Director at DLA Piper
Leonid is a legal director at international law firm DLA Piper. He has over 15 years’ experience in handling cross-border disputes (both litigation and arbitration) and M&A transactions. Leonid is an author of a monography on investments and a series of articles on international arbitration. He is holding PhD in Law from St. Petersburg State University and teaches there a post-graduate course and a master program on resolution of international disputes, investments and M&A.

Vladimir Talanov, Counsel at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Vladimir is a Counsel at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Law Offices. He is a recognized expert in international trade law and provides clients with support in structuring international investment projects. Vladimir took part in developing a number of federal laws, including the Federal Law “On Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation” and the Federal Law “On Protection and Encouragement of Investment in the Russian Federation”. Alongside his law practice, Vladimir teaches at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” and St. Petersburg State University, where he lectures on public international law, international trade, cross-border dispute settlement and regional economic integration.

DRL Newsletter Jan (2021)

Development of Russian Law

Uutiskirje Tammikuu (2021) / Newsletter January (2021)

 Events

1) Open position for a post-doctoral re­searcher in the ‘Toxic Crimes Pro­ject’ on environmental protection during armed conflict, Erik Castrén Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

2) What Happened in Russian Law in 2020? Now available to watch on Unitube!

3) Una Europa Global Governance Research Award competition

4) We congratulate Dr. Elena Cirkovic on her new appointment

5) Call for papers: Development of Russian Law XIII Conference

 Public talks: 

6) Marianna Muravyeva talks ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’

7) Russian Law Talks announcement

 Publications

8) Violations of the Right to Peaceful Assembly for Women and Girls in Russia from 2010 to 2020

9) New laws on restrictions of freedom of peaceful assembly

10) Marianna Muravyeva’s book on Parricide and Violence against parents is out

11) Alexander Kondakov’s recently published article ‘Sex, Alcohol, and Soul: Violent Reactions to Coming Out after the “Gay Propaganda” Law in Russia’

1) Open position for a post-doc­toral re­searcher in the ‘Toxic Crimes Pro­ject’ on environmental protection during armed conflict, Erik Castrén Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will join our research group on environmental protection during armed conflict, the “Toxic Crimes Project” (funded by the Kone Foundation and Academy of Finland), for a 26-month period starting March 2021 (or, as agreed). The grant-funded postdoctoral researcher will receive a monthly grant directly from the Kone Foundation and will be hosted at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. We will also consider applications from scholars who wish to work from their current institution. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021. 

We would appreciate it if you could share the vacancy with eligible candidates or post it to relevant mailing lists. Please, find the full vacancy here: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/society-economy/open-position-grant-funded-post-doctoral-researcher-in-toxic-crimes-project-funded-by-the-kone-foundation and more about the project here:https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/toxic-crimes

Our project combines social scientific and legal approaches to examine how activists, lawyers, and other experts work against environmental destruction and pollution as a consequence of war and conflict. In particular, the project examines how experts, lawyers, and activists (1) advocate for an international legal framework to protect the environment during armed conflict, (2) push for criminal accountability for polluting the environment during conflict, (3) promote the idea of the environment as a subject and a victim of war, and (4) develop the practice of environmental monitoring and risk assessment in ongoing conflict zones, for instance, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, among other cases.

2) What Happened in Russian Law in 2020? Now available to Watch on unitube!

The last event of 2020 for the Development of Russian Law project was “What happened in Russian Law in 2020?”, which took place via Zoom 18.12 at 16.00-18.00 CET time (Helsinki). Leading legal experts shared their analysis of the past year’s Russian legal development.

(Unfortunately, the first speaker’s, Grigory Vaypan’s, presentation was not recorded and so the first speaker in the video is Kirill Koroteev.)

Watch the seminar here:
https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/f7f84b74-f518-4aca-9e5a-76b4680d011b

3) Una Europa Global Governance Research Award competition

The newly launched Una Europe network is inviting submissions from researchers for an interdisciplinary competition on global governance. The papers should address global governance regarding one or more of the following policy areas: Free Trade Agreements, trade policies, migration policies, value chains, climate change, cooperation politics, impact of global pandemics on the life of citizens or methodological approaches to investigate the mentioned and related issues.

Abstracts need to be submitted the latest by 26 February 2021.

Please see the attached flyer for further details and the competition schedule.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YaZje_pN4xfjrOalzi5t_amMfBwXIBs2/view?usp=sharing

4) We congratulate Dr. Elena Cirkovic on her new appointment

Dr. Elena Cirkovic was appointed as a permanent member of the permanent committee on space traffic management by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She will be representing the ‘non-western/anticolonial’ perspective.

Read more here:

https://iaaspace.org/about/permanent-committees/#SA-PERMCstm

5) Call for papers: Development of Russian Law XIII Conference

The Faculty of Law in cooperation with Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki is pleased to announce the annual conference in Development of Russian Law, which will take place in Helsinki on October 19-20, 2021. This conference continues the series of workshops, seminars, and conferences in Russian law, organized by the Faculty of Law since 2008. This annual event is devoted to discussions of the new and important topics within the field of Russian law and legal studies.

Read more here:

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/development-of-russian-law-xiii

6) Marianna Muravyeva talks ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’

Marianna Muravyeva held the talk ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’.

The webinar was organized by INEQ Associate Professor of Law Security and Privacy Dorota Gozdecka (UH) in cooperation with the ANU Gender Institute (Australian National University) on 31.8.2020.

Watch Marianna Muraveya’s talk here:

https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/4437fa0f-667d-42c8-b414-26cca0a36834

7) Russian Law Talks announcement

Russian Law has been changing rapidly in the past decade. Last year, the year of the pandemic, Russia had its first constitutional reform since 1993 with constitutional amendments having a profound impact on the present and future of the country. Following the Constitution, other legislation has been amended to further cement the path to an authoritarian sovereignty and neoconservative ideologies. Aiming to provide introductory information of these changes, discuss their impact in depth, provide an analysis of law and its influence on society, politics, economics and environment, the Development of Russian Law program commences the new series of talks – Russian Law Talks. Every month, we will invite experts and scholars from various disciplines and sectors to discuss the most important and current events in the Russian Legal life.

Read more here:

https://blogs.helsinki.fi/developmentofrussianlaw/category/russian-law-talks/

8) Violations of the Right to Peaceful Assembly for Women and Girls in Russia from 2010 to 2020

(On behalf of OVD-info)

We prepared this review in June as a response to a request from the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association: at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2020, he is preparing to present a report on how women exercise their rights. Our text consists of two parts: the first — answers to the questions of the special rapporteur, the second — a description of the problems and examples which illustrate them.

Read the report here:

https://ovdinfo.org/reports/violations-right-peaceful-assembly-women-and-girls-russia-2010-2020#1

The same in Russian:

https://ovdinfo.org/reports/zhenshchiny-i-svoboda-sobraniy-v-rossii

9) New laws on restrictions of freedom of peaceful assembly

(On behalf of OVD-info)

Dear friends,

On December 23 the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a multitude of bills, some of which are aimed at regulating the exercise of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. We have prepared an analysis of the main proposals on restricting freedom of peaceful assembly and expression in Russia.

Read our analysis

It features an examination of eight bills, six of which are already adopted by the State Duma deputies and by the Federation Council, as well as signed by the President, the rest passed first reading.

Six bills were submitted by deputy Dmitry Vyatkin and are referred to as “the Vyatkin Package”. These bills involve amendments to the Federal Law “On assemblies, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets” (namely they complicate the procedure to authorize public events, introduce additional restrictions for journalists covering such events and new territorial restrictions for holding assemblies, etc.); to the Russian Code of Administrative Offences (namely increasing current punishments and introducing the new ones for organizers and participants in public events as well as journalists); and to the Russian Criminal Code (increasing the liability for blocking roads and disorderly conduct).

Two other bills are written and submitted by several deputies and senators. They propose amendments to the Federal Law On Information and the Code of Administrative Offences, obliging owners of social media platforms to block information on public events “that are held in violation of the established procedure” and establishing administrative liability for non-compliance.

Earlier, lawyers and analysts from OVD-Info and Moscow Helsinki group have prepared a detailed analysis of some of the legal problems and contradictions concerning these legislative changes.

Read our analysis:

http://kqq7.mjt.lu/lnk/AM0AAI4WNYMAAcn2oVYAALg6KPIAAYCrSrUAJOF0AAlnmgBf7LlZbHo7rOJYS1CLIHFfBtICcAAI6gA/10/SsdA0jXWUVY_t-OZhUM1Ug/aHR0cHM6Ly9vdmRpbmZvLm9yZy9zaXRlcy9kZWZhdWx0L2ZpbGVzL2ZpbGVzL2ZvYV9iaWxsc19ydXNzaWEucGRm

 and detailed examination of the bills:

http://kqq7.mjt.lu/lnk/AM0AAI4WNYMAAcn2oVYAALg6KPIAAYCrSrUAJOF0AAlnmgBf7LlZbHo7rOJYS1CLIHFfBtICcAAI6gA/11/QDFtW757TB-oy5w-rfBT9A/aHR0cHM6Ly9vdmRpbmZvLm9yZy9zaXRlcy9kZWZhdWx0L2ZpbGVzL2ZpbGVzL2ZvYV90YWJsZV9ydXNzaWEucGRm

10) Marianna Muravyeva’s book on Parricide and Violence against parents is out

Marianna Muravyeva’s book on Parricide and Violence against parents is out:

https://www.routledge.com/Parricide-and-Violence-against-Parents-A-Cross-Cultural-View-across-Past/Muravyeva-Shon-Toivo/p/book/9781138048577#:~:text=Author(s)%20Reviews-,Book%20Description,a%20global%20overview%20and%20comparison

11) Alexander Kondakov’s recently published article ‘Sex, Alcohol, and Soul: Violent Reactions to Coming Out after the “Gay Propaganda” Law in Russia’

I’ve just got a new article published. Perhaps, it’s worth including it in the forthcoming newsletter:

Alexander Kondakov and Shtorn, E. have published a new article (2021), Sex, Alcohol, and Soul: Violent Reactions to Coming Out after the “Gay Propaganda” Law in Russia. The article was published in The Russian Review, 80 (1): 37-55.

Read the article here:

https://doi.org/10.1111/russ.12297.

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DRL Newsletter Nov (2020)

Development of Russian Law

Uutiskirje Marraskuu (2020) / Newsletter November (2020)

 

Dear all:

This is the first issue of the newsletter from the project in Development of Russian Law.

Please, check our page here: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/developmentofrussianlaw/. We offer news on publications and events from us and our partners or what we find interesting and relevant. If you are interested in any of the events or would like to disseminate any of the news, do not hesitate to do so.

We also invite you to check our blog and contribute to it. Check our guidelines here: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/developmentofrussianlaw/our-submission-guidelines/.

If you have any questions, please, contact Serafima Karkkila at serafima.karkkila@helsinki.fi. 

Development of Russian Law team

 

Events

1) INEQ research seminar, Poli­cing the Park: Sex Panic, Sur­veil­lance and Neo­lib­eral Urban Governance with Kris Clarke and Marianna Muravyeva, on 19 Nov at 12:15, Porthania P545 and via Zoom

2) On-line Workshop from our sister project Queering Family Violence: setting agenda for queer wellbeing, 1, 3, and 4 Dec 2020

3) National XIX Legal Research Conference 2021: Sustainable and Responsible Law for Society, 26 and 27 Aug 2021 at the University of Lapland

4) Master’s program in Global Governance Law: prepare for 2021 admission campaign – Russian Law is a 2nd year specialisation stream

5) Invitation to EUGenDem online workshop sessions

Public talks: 

6) Marianna Muravyeva talks ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’

7) INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020 – The International Network for Hate Crimes

Publications:

8) Elena Cirkovic’s new article in the German law journal: ‘The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal’

9) FEMINISM, POWER, AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: AN EYE ON THE P5, Marianna Muravyeva’s report on Russia p. 37

10) Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Electronic Journal, Volume 1, Issue 7

11) Alexander Kondakov’s chapter ‘Regulating Desire in Russia’ in the recent publication ‘Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law’

12) Marianna Muravyeva’s chapter on Russia #17 – I Am Not Afraid to Tell: The #MeToo Movement in the Russian Federation – is published in this book!

13) Marianna Muravyeva’s and Alexander Gurkov’s chapter on Digitalization and Russian Law in the forthcoming publication of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

1) INEQ research seminar, Poli­cing the Park: Sex Panic, Sur­veil­lance and Neo­lib­eral Urban Governance with Kris Clarke and Marianna Muravyeva, on 19 Nov at 12:15, Porthania P545 and via Zoom

Poli­cing the Park: Sex Panic, Sur­veil­lance and Neo­lib­eral Urban Governance
This study explores how a police sting that targeted men soliciting sex with other men around public park toilets in Fresno, California led to an increase in the jurisdictional authority of and resources for local law enforcement. These municipal changes included the installation of a surveillance system that stretched well beyond the park toilets and into poor Black and Brown neighborhoods.

By analysing the trajectory of local decision-making about the policing of public parks, we argue that law enforcement and other officials stoked sex panic about same sex erotic activity to cloak other vested interests. Namely, law enforcement invented a criminal threat to enhance its own profession through fiscal and bureaucratic expansion. Sex panic demobilised and delegitimised opposition to these law enforcement efforts even among more liberal public officials.

As a result, the sting fueled ongoing law enforcement practices that targeted poor neighborhoods of colour. Our conclusion considers how exploiting the public’s fear of perilous social disorder distorts the priorities of city government while also strengthening racial and class segregation. 

19 Nov at 12-14 (12:15-13:45), Porthania P545

Discussant: Associate Professor Marianna Muravyeva (UH), law, Aleksanteri Institute
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/ineq-helsinki-inequality-initiative/ineq-research-seminar-autumn-2020#section-94960

2) On-line Workshop from our sister project Queering Family Violence: setting agenda for queer wellbeing, 1, 3, and 4 Dec 2020

Setting agenda for queer wellbeing, 23-27 Nov 2020
The project ‘Queering Family Violence’ (QFV) invites scholars engaging with queer theory, gender studies, social work, law, and sociology to participate in the on-line workshop  ‘Queering Family Violence: setting agenda for queer wellbeing’ which will be held on the 23-27 November 2020. https://blogs.helsinki.fi/queering-family-violence/

3) National XIX Legal Research Conference 2021: Sustainable and Responsible Law for Society, 26 and 27 Aug 2021 at the University of Lapland

National XIX Legal Research Conference 2021: Sustainable and Responsible Law for Society

Sustainability has become a central societal value, pursued through a variety of policy instruments. Often such policy instruments take the form of law and legal regulation. Policies and legal instruments fostering sustainability seem to signal a responsible approach to governing our society. They thus indicate our responsibility to the society and future generations. But what are the implications of such policies and legal instruments, and how to pursue sustainability in a responsible manner though policies and laws? The National XIX Legal Research Conference 2021 will explore these important themes in broad terms and from multiple angles and perspectives.

The conference programme and the call for workshop presentations will be published in January 2021.

26 and 27 August 2021, University of Lapland (Rovaniemi, Finland)

https://www.ulapland.fi/EN/Units/Rovaniemi-Lapland-Congresses/Conferences

4) Master’s program in Global Governance Law: prepare for 2021 admission campaign – Russian Law is a 2nd year specialisation


HOW TO DEAL WITH THE CHAL­LENGES OF GLOB­AL­ISING LAW?
Globalisation has brought about a situation where lawyers are now required to grapple with national, international, European, and transnational laws when they apply norms. In the two-year research-oriented Master’s Programme in Global Governance Law (GGL), you develop the skills to understand and deal with the challenges of globalising law.

You study public international law, European Union law, global administrative law, advanced human rights law and examine for example international institutions, decision-making and governance in the EU. You can also specialise in Russian law, Chinese law or engage in interdisciplinary studies in Global Politics and Communication.

Find out more about the programme structure, content and courses from the link below

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/admissions/degree-programmes/global-governance-law-masters-programme

5) Invitation to EUGenDem online workshop sessions

Welcome to the new EUGenDem series of online workshops starting this December!
As most of us lost the opportunity to meet and discuss our research due to the COVID19 restrictions, we are organizing this series with both academics and practitioners to debate ‘Gender, democracy and polarized politics in Europe’.

Our first workshop ‘European Parliament’s political groups in turbulent times: New research avenues’ will take place on 15 December 2020 at 3PM (EET) on Zoom and feature some key research coming out of the EUGenDem project.

Johanna Kantola: Gender and democracy in European Parliament’s party group practices
Valentine Berthet, Anna Elomäki, and Barbara Gaweda: Political dynamics, power struggles, and intra-group policy formation in the European Parliament
Cherry Miller: ‘Ethno, ethno, what?’ How Parliamentary Ethnography can help us to better understand Parliament’s Political Groups

For more details and to register, please follow the link:

EUGenDem workshop: European Parliament’s political groups in turbulent times: New research avenues

The workshop sessions in 2021 will include talks by key scholars working on the European Parliament; gendered parliaments; democratic backsliding; gender policy issues; impacts of Covid-19 on parliamentary politics and gender policy; and parliamentary ethnography.

Check the program here:

EUGenDem workshop sessions 2020/21: Gender, democracy and polarized politics in Europe

6) Marianna Muravyeva talks ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’

Dr. Marianna Muravyeva talks “Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence” in the webinar “Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic”. Watch the webinar from the link below.

Unitube: https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/4437fa0f-667d-42c8-b414-26cca0a36834

For this webinar and other talks on inequality, click here:
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/ineq-helsinki-inequality-initiative/activities/inequality-talks

7) INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020 – The International Network for Hate Crimes

Alexander Kondakov will be speaking in a conference on hate crime in December 2020:

INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020

INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020 – The International Network for Hate Studies
Hate, Democracy, and Human Rights
INHS Biennial Conference INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020 – The International Network for Hate Studiesfice for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the University of Plymouth. Sessions and Speakers Prior to the Conference a number of video presentations of papers (our asynchronous papers) will be placed…
internationalhatestudies.com

8) Elena Cirkovic’s new article in the German law journal: ‘The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal’

Dr. Elena Cirkovic has published new article in the German law journal titled “The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal”. Read the article here:

https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/publications/the-next-generation-of-international-law-space-ice-and-the-cosmol-2

The latest session of the Space Café
In this session of Space Café “Moriba’s Vox Populi #01/2020” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about topics of relevance to space safety, security, and sustainability with Dr. Elena Cirkovic – Postdoctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute – Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies, Dr. Meredith Rawls – Research Scientist, Department of Astronomy University of Washington, Daniel Ceperley – Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of LeoLabs, Doug Loverro – former associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy.

9) FEMINISM, POWER, AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: AN EYE ON THE P5, Marianna Muravyeva’s report on Russia p. 37

FEMINISM, POWER, AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: AN EYE ON THE P5
What does Feminist Foreign Policy mean for nuclear policy?

The goal of any good Feminist Foreign Policy is to rebalance inequitable hierarchies – and these hierarchies are abundant in nuclear policy. So as the nuclear possessing permanent five members (P5) of the UN Security Council begin to engage with Feminist Foreign Policy, what does this mean for their nuclear policy? Toni Haastrup, Yasmeen Silva, Carina Minami Uchida, Lovely Umayam, and Marianna Muravyeva discuss. (From the official site)

Dr. Marianna Muravyeva’s report on Russia is on p. 37

Read the report here
https://centreforfeministforeignpolicy.org/feminism-power-and-nuclear-weapons-an-eye-on-the-p5

10) Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Electronic Journal, Volume 1, Issue 7

Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Electronic Journal, Volume 1, Issue 7

Click the link below to read the September issue of the electronic journal of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X55-Kyp2xNIBJPt3bfOzA08Pkd-X4iry/view?usp=drivesdk

This issue was edited by Lynda Crowley-Cyr and Marianna Muravyeva, with assistance from Anna Maria Camardo, Fernaz Mohamadi, and Yolanda Ye.

11) Alexander Kondakov’s chapter ‘Regulating Desire in Russia’ in the recent publication ‘Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law’

Alexander Kondakov writes about deviancy and illicit constructions in his chapter ‘Regulating desire in Russia’ in the book ‘Gender, Sexuality and the Law’.

Available for purchase here:
https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/research-handbook-on-gender-sexuality-and-the-law-9781788111140.html

12) Marianna Muravyeva’s chapter on Russia #17 – I Am Not Afraid to Tell: The #MeToo Movement in the Russian Federation – is published in this book!

Marianna Muravyeva’s chapter on Russia #17 – I Am Not Afraid to Tell: The #MeToo Movement in the Russian Federation – is published in this book! Intro by Catherine McKinnon

From the official cite
When US activists started using the #MeToo hashtag (as created by Tarana Burke) to speak out against sexual harassment, they joined, and then helped propel, a global movement.

On every continent, women are using the new tools of social media to confront one of the oldest barriers to equality: the threat of violence, including sexual harassment, as a tool of male supremacy. In The Global #MeToo Movement, produced by the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law, 48 authors from 28 countries spanning every continent but Antarctica tell the story of how social media has driven a social movement against sexual harassment, and how the law has responded, often by helping men to push back.

https://www.globalmetoobook.com/

13) Marianna Muravyeva’s and Alexander Gurkov’s chapter on Digitalization and Russian Law in the forthcoming publication of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies:

Book launch – The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies
Join us on 22 October at the virtual book launch to celebrate the publication of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies.
The official description of the book:

“This groundbreaking Handbook, edited by DRS researchers Daria Gritsenko and Mariëlle Wijermars together with Mikhail Kopotev, presents a multidisciplinary perspective on how the ‘digital’ is simultaneously changing Russia and the research methods scholars use to study Russia. It provides a critical update on how Russian society, politics, economy, and culture are reconfigured in the context of ubiquitous connectivity and accounts for the political and societal responses to digitalization. In addition, it answers practical and methodological questions in handling Russian data and a wide array of digital methods.
32 chapters by 42 authors – published in open accessthanks to the generous support of the University of Helsinki.”

Book launch – The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

Dr. Marianna Muravyeva and Alexander Gurkov write about Russian law, digitalisation, and gender

https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030428549#:~:text=Conceptually%20rich%2C%20analytical%20smart%2C%20and,into%20a%20newly%20emerging%20discipline.

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Serafima Karkkila
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Development of Russian Law
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