The Russian Judiciary – Priorities for Change in a New Decade


Meeting: Monday 8 February, 6pm

Drinks reception to follow

Garden Court Chambers, 57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ



There is growing disquiet, in Europe and elsewhere, that democracy and civil liberties in Russia are being weakened. Increasing state control of the media and the judiciary, legislation restricting NGOs and politically-motivated judicial cases all give cause for concern. Furthermore, EU member states often undermine common EU positions on Russia, thus detracting from a strong EU voice in dealing with Russia.



Chaired by:  Professor Bill Bowring,

Field Court Chambers, BHRC Executive Committee Member

Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London and member of the EU-Russia Centre Advisory Board


Addresses by:


Ms Olga Borisovna Kudeshkina

Former Judge of the Moscow City Court

Ms Olga Kudeshkina was dismissed from the judiciary in 2004 over statements to the media regarding the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. The European Court on Human Rights ruled that her dismissal from office was a violation of the freedom of expression guaranteed by Article 10.



Mr Drew Holiner

Monkton Chambers

Mr Drew Holiner is the only barrister in England & Wales who is a qualified member of the Russian Bar, taking cases in both Russia and at the European Court of Human Rights.



1.5 CPD available to barristers

All welcome: please feel free to circulate.

For more details please contact Jacqueline Macalesher at [email protected]


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