Dr. Anton Burkov, LLM (Essex), PhD (Cambridge), kandidat uridicheskikh nauk (Tumen State University), a law degree (Urals State Law Academy), is a Russian lawyer and advocate for human rights. He runs NGO Sutyajnik and Academy of Human Rights where he litigates strategic cases, organize trainings, conferences and teach. In cooperation with his colleagues and volunteers he has been litigating cases in Russian courts, including the Russian Supreme and Constitutional courts, and the European Court of Human Rights. He is involved in the following most recent cases: Burkov v. Google (IT and privacy), Mikhaylova v. Russia (free legal aid), Sablina and Others v. Russia, Valushchenko v. Russia (secret organ harvesting), Korolevs v. Russia (rights of prisoners and their families to conjugal meetings, sex, and artificial insemination). He has authored numerous publications, including recent co-authored and co-edited book: "How to Keep the Man Down or Strategic Litigation of Public Interest Cases: US and Russian Best Practices", Moscow, 2017. - 176 pages. Available for download at https://goo.gl/aiezgx and a chapter “The Use of European Human Rights Law in Russian Courts” in a forthcoming book in 2017 Lauri Mälksoo and Wolfgang Benedek (eds.) “Russia and the European Court of Human Rights. The Strasbourg Effect”, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Dr Burkov received the highest legal prize in Russia, the FEMIDA award, “for contributions toward the creation of a democratic society and the development of state legal institutions.”
He is a graduate of Essex University, where he was a Chevening Scholar, and of Cambridge University, where he was a TNK-BP Kapitza Scholar. He is also chairing European and Comparative Law Department of University of Humanities in Yekaterinburg, Russia.