This book is based on a dissertation submitted in 2004 for the LL.M degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex. While working on the dissertation under the supervision of Professors Françoise Hampson and Kevin Boyle, I considered the possibility of publishing it in both Russian and English. Once completed, the dissertation was first transformed into a training aimed at lawyers and human rights activists in Russia, on the exhaustion of domestic remedies and implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in Russian courts. The training was followed by a book, The Implementation of the European Convention of Human Rights in Russian Courts, published in the Russian language.[1] This became the sixth volume in a book series established in 2001 by the Urals Centre for Constitutional and International Human Rights Protection (a project of the NGO Sutyajnik).

The English language edition of the book focuses on the impact that the European Convention on Human Rights (the Convention) has produced as a result of its application within the Russian Federation’s courts. The study examines the national status of international law within the Russian legal system, focusing on the status of the Convention. It identifies the legal mechanisms of the Convention’s implementation in Russian court decisions; contains analysis of Russian courts’ jurisprudence regarding both the direct application of the Convention and, more importantly, the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights; and assesses the possible obstacles to the domestic implementation of the Convention.

The contributions of many people and institutions made possible the publication of this volume. My most significant intellectual debt is to my dissertation supervisors, Professors Françoise Hampson and Kevin Boyle.

I am also grateful to the British Council for granting me a Chevening Scholarship (2003-2004), under which I pursued my LL.M degree in International Human Rights Law and carried out much of the research for this book.

This research would not have been possible without the extensive help of my colleagues at the NGO Sutyajnik (Russia), particularly its president Sergey Beliaev, and its staff attorneys, Anna Demeneva, Ludmila Churkina, and Natalia Ermilova. I dedicate this book to them. I am particularly indebted to Sergey Beliaev for his insightful comments, for giving me an opportunity to test the findings of this book in practice, and for his moral support. I also deeply appreciate the invaluable comments of Vladislav Bykov, the former staff attorney of the Glasnost’ Defence Foundation; Marjorie Farquharson, an independent consultant specializing in research on human rights and institutional development in the former USSR; Ilya Poluyakhtov, an associate at the Linklaters CIS law firm; Kirill Koroteev, a research fellow at the University of Paris 1; Sneh Aurora, national institutions programme officer at Equitas; and Evgenii Finkov, President of the Rostov region non-governmental organization “Trudy i Dni.”

In the course of this research the website “Studying the European Convention” was created and has since proven useful to human rights activists and students alike.[2] This online project would not be possible without the informational and technical support of the Urals Centre for Constitutional and International Human Rights Protection. I also express my gratitude to other NGOs and educational institutions for their informational support of this online resource.

I am grateful to my supervisor at the University of Cambridge, Professor David Feldman, for his support while I edited this book.

I also wish to thank the Cambridge Overseas Trust for providing the financial assistance that allowed me to adapt my thesis for publication.

I am grateful to Dr. Andreas Umland, the editor of the book series, Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, for his offer to publish my dissertation, for his collaboration on many different publications, and for his patience.

No words can express my gratitude to and admiration for the members of my extended family who have supported my ideas and projects throughout my human rights and research career.

This publication would not have been possible without the proofreading assistance provided by my friend William Anspach, a partner with Friedman & Wolf, and Valerie Sperling, an associate professor at Clark University, who became my friend in the course of proofreading.

[1] Anton Burkov, ed., Primenenie Evropeiskoi Konventsii o Zashchite Prav Cheloveka v Sudakh Rossii (Ekaterinburg: Izdatel’stvo Ural’skogo Universiteta, 2006), 264 p. ISBN 5-7525-1570-X. The book can be downloaded in PDF format at

[2] For more details see Appendix 11. The web-site is available at


Anton Burkov, The Impact of the European Convention on Human Rights on Russian Law (Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag, 2007, ISBN 3-89821-639-X) 162 pp., Paperback, € 24,90




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Burkov, Implementation of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Russian Courts," Russian Law: Theory and Practice 1 (2006), 68-76 (in PDF file, 3,8 Mb)

Burkov, ed., Primenenie Evropeiskoi Konvencii o Zaschite Prav Cheloveka v Sudah Rossii (Ekaterinburg: Izdatelstvo Uralskogo Universiteta, 2006), 210-220, (Domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights in Russian Courts) ISBN 5-7525-1570-X


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