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Denis Karimov presenting on “Legal Reform as a Catalyst for Sustained Economic Growth in Russia”

The International Law Institute was proud to have sponsored and hosted Mr. Denis Karimov as ILI’s 2019 Victor Mozolin Visiting Scholar Fellow, during the month of April and early May.

Mr. Karimov is one of the leading experts and commentators on Russian Administrative Law. He serves as an Administrative Law Expert to the Representative of the Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs Rights. Mr. Karimov is a practicing lawyer and a legal researcher at Ural State University. As a scholar and practitioner, Denis has published over 80 academic articles on administrative law issues and maintains several blogs in Russia devoted to advancing knowledge and discussions related to administrative law with focus on important commercial and procedural subject matter. [https://zakon.ru/deniskarimov] 

Mr. Karimov’s fellowship focused on comparing Russian and US law, procedure, and standards of Public Administration and the interplay of Civil Law and Administrative Law structure of Russia and the Common Law structure of the US. Additionally, to better understand the foundational principles on which US administrative review and procedure is built; the unique authorities of administrative courts in the US (which differ substantially from those in Russia); and the comparative advantages of both the Russian and US systems in resolving administrative challenges while ensuring the continued efficiencies and effectiveness of the agencies in question.

During his time in the US, Mr. Karimov conducted extensive legal and policy research and the Law Library of Congress and the Georgetown University Law School.  Denis met with judges and representatives from state and federal administrative agencies including judges of the US Court of Federal Claims, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Administrative Courts of Colorado, in addition to other subject matter experts.

During his fellowship Mr. Karimov held a forum where he presented to panel of senior government officials, law partners and trade representatives on “Legal Reform as a Catalyst for Sustained Economic Growth in Russia”.  The forum was conducted at the at the US Russia Business Council, where Mr. Karimov shed insight on properties on Russian Administrative Law influence on Civil Law, business and rationale of Russian legal tradition of public administration, value, for its existing structure and where opportunites exist for further enhancement. 

The Victor Mozolin Visiting Scholar Fellowship was created to honor and continue the work of the Russian legal scholar Viktor Pavlovich Mozolin, professor at Moscow State University. In 1970, while with the University of Peoples' Friendship, Professor Mozolin met with ILI Chairman, Prof. Don Wallace Jr., at Georgetown University Law Center where they formed a lifelong relationship. Both Prof. Mozolin and Prof. Wallace worked closely under IREX [International Research & Exchanges Board] on scholarly exchanges of experts between the US and the former USSR. Together, they established multiple exchanges and legal conferences. Through the International Law Institute, Prof. Mozolin published scholarly books involving comparative contract law and property law in the US and the USSR. The International Law Institute recognizes Prof. Mozolin for his intellect, his academic influence in advancing the corporate and commercial law system in the USSR to make its economy more efficient and productive, and for his never ending dedication to expanding rule of law.

This fellowship is administered, in close cooperation with William Pomeranz, Deputy Director of the Keenan Institute, a division of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars [https://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/kennan-institute]; Randy Bregman of the US Russia Business Council [https://www.usrbc.org/]; and Prof. Don Wallace Jr and Robert Sargin of the International Law Institute.