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Содействие участию гражданского общества в общественно значимых конституционных судебных процессах в России
Научно-практическая Летняя школа по конституционному правосудию (workshop), 21-26 июня 2016 г., Москва

Institute for Law and Public Policy & American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Constitutional Justice Workshop: Call for Applications

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The Institute for Law and Public Policy (Moscow, Russia) together with the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (Washington, D.C.) are announcing the week-long Constitutional Justice Workshop for senior Russian law students and recent law graduates, to be held in Moscow on 21-26 June 2016. The Workshop will bring together a group of senior Russian law students and recent law graduates with strong academic background and demonstrated interest in the promotion of social justice, and will introduce them to the role of constitutional law, constitutional rights litigation, and constitutional rights advocacy in the process of social change as well as provide them with the examples of successful professional choices in this field.

The Workshop will be taught by a group of distinguished American, Russian and European constitutional rights lawyers and law professors. The Workshop Program will include lectures, small discussion groups, project presentations by the participants, as well as short moot court exercises. The Workshop will be taught entirely in English.

The purpose of the Workshop is to help build a community of young Russian lawyers with a deep understanding of constitutional rights and constitutional justice but also with a commitment to practical work for the promotion of constitutional rights in Russia, including through constitutional litigation.

Selected Workshop participants will be provided with internship opportunities at the Institute for Law and Public Policy and/or the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Where: Institute for Law and Public Policy, Moscow, Russia

When: 21-26 June 2016

Who is eligible to apply: Students enrolled in Masters level or Ph.D. level (‘aspirantura’) programs in law at any Russian university or recent graduates in law from any Russian university, with strong academic background, demonstrated interest in the promotion of social justice, and proficient knowledge of English.

Costs: The organizers will cover costs of travel and accommodation for the participants.

How to apply: Applicants will be selected through a competitive process.

Applicants must submit the following documents and materials in English:

  1. Resume or curriculum vitae;
  2. Personal statement, which must include the following: 1) description of a legal issue of social importance which you have researched as part of your studies and/or which you have worked on as part of a project at a non-profit organization, law firm, activist group, etc.; 2) explanation of your motivation to participate in the Constitutional Justice Workshop;
  3. Writing sample in English of up to 10 pages (may include academic papers; articles or book chapters; memoranda; or excerpts thereof).

Deadline to apply: 29 February 2016

Submit your application as a single package at

Selected participants will be notified by the end of March 2016.

Questions? Please contact:


CJW Faculty


Caroline Fredrickson

President, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS)

Caroline Fredrickson oversees the group and provides a steady hand of leadership to the nation’s leading progressive legal organization. Caroline is author of Under The Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over (The New Press, 2015). Before joining ACS, Caroline served as the director of the ACLU’s Washington legislative office and as general counsel and legal director of NARAL Pro-Choice America. In addition, Caroline was chief of staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell and deputy chief of staff to then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. During the Clinton administration, she served as special assistant to the president for legislative affairs. Caroline is a member of Law Students for Reproductive Justice's Advisory Board. In 2013, she was named a Public Member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS). Caroline is also co-chair of the National Constitution Center's Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board. In 2015 Caroline was named a Demos Senior Fellow.

 J. Gerald Hebert (‘Gerry’) 

Executive Director and 
Director of Litigation at the Campaign Legal Center

From 1973 to 1994, Gerry served in the Department of Justice, where he served in many supervisory capacities, including Acting Chief, Deputy Chief, and Special Litigation Counsel in the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division. In these positions, Gerry served as the lead attorney in numerous voting rights and redistricting lawsuits, often supervising several less experienced attorneys in major voting rights litigation. He also has served as chief trial counsel in over 100 voting rights lawsuits, a number of which were ultimately decided by the Supreme Court of the United States. In his Justice Department career, Gerry also prepared and analyzed numerous statewide and local government redistricting plans for compliance with applicable legal standards, prepared budgets for litigation, analyzed proposed federal election legislation, and instructed newly hired attorneys on the conduct of litigation at the Department of Justice's training center. During his 20 year tenure with the Department of Justice, Gerry received numerous awards and commendations, including an award for his work in connection with the Boston school desegregation crisis of 1975.

In 1994, Gerry left the Department of Justice and opened a solo law practice in Alexandria, Virginia, and specializes in election law and redistricting. Gerry's legal practice is national in scope, representing clients (including many local governments) in Texas, California, New York, South Carolina and Virginia, among other states. Over the last three decades, he has served as legal counsel for parties and amici curiae in numerous redistricting lawsuits, including several cases decided in the Supreme Court of the United States.

In addition to his private practice, Gerry has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C., where, from 1995 to 2007, he taught courses on voting rights, election law, and campaign finance regulation. In 1995, he also taught election law at the American University's Washington College of Law. In 1998, he co-taught a course on voting rights law at the University of Virginia School of Law with Professor Pamela Karlan.

From 1994 to 1995, Gerry served as a part-time staff attorney for the national office of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in voting rights cases.

From 1999 to 2002, Gerry served as General Counsel to IMPAC 2000, the National Redistricting Project for Congressional Democrats. Gerry has authored a number of law journal articles and other publications on redistricting and the Voting Rights Act. His most recent publications include "Bailout Under the Voting Rights Act" in "America Votes" (Published by the American Bar Association's Section of State and Local Government)(Ben Griffith Editor); An Assessment of the Bailout Provisions of the Voting Rights Act in "Voting Rights Act Reauthorization of 2006" (University of California, Berkeley Press); "Redistricting in the Post-2000 Era", in the George Mason University Law Review, and "The Realists' Guide to Redistricting", published by the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice (co-authored).


Mark Tushnet

William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

After receiving his J.D. from Yale, Professor Tushnet served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1972-73. He then was a member of the law faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison until joining the Law Center faculty in 1981. He is co-author of three casebooks, Federal Courts in the 21st Century: Policy and Practice; Constitutional Law: Cases and Commentary; and co-author with Vicki Jackson of a coursebook on Comparative Constitutional Law. His other recent writings include The NAACP's Legal Strategy Against Segregated Education 1925-1950, which received the Littleton Griswold Award of the American Historical Association; Red, White and Blue: A Critical Analysis of Constitutional Law; Making Civil Rights Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1936-1961; Making Constitutional Law: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court, 1961-1991; and Taking the Constitution Away from the Courts. He was the secretary of the Conference on Critical Legal Studies from 1976-85, and is President of the Association of American Law Schools for 2004.


Tom Susman

Adjunct Professor, The American University’s Washington College of Law

Before 2008, he was a partner in the Washington Office of Ropes & Gray LLP for over 25 years. There his work included counseling, litigation, and lobbying on a wide range of regulatory, antitrust and information law issues. He handled legislative matters on behalf of both large and small clients – businesses, trade associations and nonprofit organizations – in a variety of industries. He was active in seeking enactment of legislation, in obtaining appropriations for specific projects, in blocking or amending legislative proposals, and in counseling targets of congressional investigations. Typical projects involved homeland security, energy, tax code amendments, regulatory reform, intellectual property protection, environmental protection, access to government information, Native American issues, and antitrust law reform.

Before joining Ropes & Gray, he served on Capitol Hill for over 11 years. He was Chief Counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure and General Counsel to the Antitrust Subcommittee and to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He is a nationally recognized expert on lobbying and freedom of information. He served as an adjunct professor on lobbying at The American University’s Washington College of Law; and chairs the Ethics Committee of the American League of Lobbyists. His most recent articles on the subject address lobbying reform, reciprocity, contingent fee lobbying, and the proper role of campaign contributions in lobbying. He has also written, taught, and lectured on transparency and access to government information; he received the American Library Association’s “Champion of Public Access” award in 2009 and the Collaboration on Government Secrecy’s “Robert Vaughn FOIA Legend” award in 2008, and is founder and president of the D.C. Open Government Coalition.

Mr. Susman a member of the American Law Institute, was Chairman of the National Judicial College Board, and was president of the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation. He is a graduate of Yale University and received his J.D. from the University of Texas Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Texas Law Review.

Daniel Smilov

Associate Professor, University of Sofia, Programme Director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies

Daniel Smilov is a comparative constitutional lawyer and political scientist. He is Associate Professor at the University of Sofia, Programme Director at the Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, and Recurrent Visiting Professor of Comparative Constitutional Law at the Central European University, Budapest. He holds doctorates from the University of Oxford and the Central European University, Budapest. He has done research and taught at different universities, including the European University Institute, Florence, the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Oxford. He is Secretary of the Panel of Experts on Political Parties of the OSCE/ODIHR.

Aleksandra Troitskaya

Associate Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Candidate of Law, Associate Professor at the Department of constitutional and municipal law at the law faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University (worked at the Department since 2009). Candidate thesis was written on "Constitutional and legal limitations and restrictions of freedom of the individual and the public authorities" (MSU, 2008, supervisor Prof. N. Bogdanova). Conducts seminars on Constitutional Law (General), Constitutional Law of Russia, municipal law in Russia. Research interests - a comparative constitutionalism, human rights and freedoms, constitutional justice, decentralization of power.




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