May I intruduce myself.  My name is 
Sergey Belyaev.

I was born on January 17, 1956, in Moscow. In 1978, I graduated summa cum laude from Moscow State Institute for International Relations. 

In 1982 -1985, I prepared and successfully defended a dissertation for a Law degree (Equivalency to S.J.D.) at the Academic Council of the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow. In 1990-1992, I accomplished a two-year program, as Blakeley fellow, at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (Massachusetts, USA).  I graduated from that Schoole with a Master in Arts of Law and Diplomacy degree. In 1995, I successfully graduated from the National School of Administration (ENA), under the Prime-Minister of the French Republic, with a Brevet International de l'Administration Nationale.

In 1993-1994, I worked as a consultant on Russian Law at the Law Office Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz in Frankfurt am Main. Being awarded with the Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, I then worked for two years at the Max-Planck-Institute for Public International Law and Comparative Public Law in Heidelberg, Germany, doing research on actual topics of Public International Law and Comparative Law. 

In 1998-2001, I worked as an attorney at the Council of Europe, in particular, at the European Court of Human Rights and at the Bureau of the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights. My duties included accompanying the Commissioner of Human Rights in various regions, including Chechnya and Ingoushya (Russia), Abkhasia (Georgia), Transnistria  (Moldova) and some other low-density conflicts’ areas. 

Since 2002, I worked as counselor on International and European law at the Law Office Engelmann Gorev Drozd in Frankfurt am Main. I handled a considerable number of cases at the International and European judicial bodies concerning violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including cases against Germany, France, Russia, Ukraine, and Moldova.

In the course of my practical and academic activities I had the possibility to get acquainted with the activities of International and European bodies, including the International Court of Justice, International Criminal Court in The Hague, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the International Arbitration Court of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

On June 17, 2004 the International Council of Arbitration in Sport appointed me as a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (http://www.tas-cas.org) with the term of 4 years, starting from January of 2005. Additionnally, my name is listed among arbitrators of the European Arbitration and Conciliation Court (Versailles) and of the German Institution of Arbitration (Cologne).

Over 2004-2006, I  served also as legal expert for a three-year project entitled "The Organization of a Public Campaign to Combat Racism, Xenophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Ethnic Discrimination in the Multinational Russian Federation," sponsored by the European Commission of the European Union. (EuropeAid/119822/G/C).

Currenly, I have a position of lecturer on International and European Law; including a specilised course of International Humanitarian Law at the International Centre of the Moscow State University in its Geneva center. In April-June 2008, I was a member of a evaluation team which was formed by the Swiss NGO “Human Solution Consulting”, contracted by the International Committee of the Red Cross, to produce an evaluation report on preventive programmes in the East region. My contribution included the teaching of the International Humanitarian Law at Universtities of the region and was based on data collected during trips to Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrghizstan.

With regard to my practical and academic activities, I had a chance to publish academically and my publications have appeared in several languages, with a diversity of publishers in the U.S. and Europe, particularly on the issues of Public International, European and Comparative Law.




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