Elena Pribytkova graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a First Class degree in Law and received a Candidate of Legal Sciences degree from the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her teaching and research areas are legal and political philosophy, comparative history of legal and political ideas, legal theory, human rights law, constitutional law, international and European law.
Before joining Columbia Law School as a J.S.D. candidate, Elena held various research and teaching appointments at universities of Moscow, Heidelberg, Bochum, Nijmegen and Basel and worked a lot in individual and collective cross-disciplinary research projects on theories of justice, law and morality, human dignity, basic socio-economic rights, and in particular the human right to a decent standard of living. Currently, she is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Basel and an Associate Professor at the Moscow University for Industry and Finance “Synergy”. In spring term 2013, she had an internship with the Rule of Law Unit in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Elena Pribytkova’s J.S.D. project focuses on the social minimum principle and the problem of its translation into the language of human rights. It analyzes the interaction between three levels of interpretation of the social minimum guarantees: in legal and political philosophy; in instruments of international, European and Inter-American human rights law; and in the practice of international, regional and national human rights courts and supervisory bodies.
Specialist in Law (1st Class degree), St. Petersburg State University, 2003
Candidate of Legal Sciences, Institute of State and Law of Russian Academy of Science, 2007
J.S.D. Candidate, Columbia Law School
An Untimely Contemporary: V.S. Solov’ev’s Legal Philosophy (Moscow 2011) [in Russian]
Selected Articles and Book Chapters:
The Human Right to a Dignified Existence: The Ethical Foundations of the Contemporary Legal Order, in Human Dignity as a Foundation of Law. Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie. Beiheft 137. (Winfried Brugger & Stephan Kirste eds., 2013)
‘The Minimum Content of Natural Law’ - H.L.A. Hart’s Project to Reconcile Natural Law and Legal Positivism? 1 Zeitschrift für Rechtsphilosophie, 3 (2013)
Human Dignity as the Claim-Right to a Dignified Existence, in Human Dignity and Poverty. A Research Project in Romania (Stefan Tobler & Adrian Brate eds., 2013)
Natural Law and Natural Rights according to Vladimir Solovyov and Jacques Maritain, in Orthodox Christianity and Human Rights (Alfons Brüning & Evert van der Zweerde eds., 2012)
Personality, Person, Subject in Russian Legal Philosophy at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, 61 Stud. East Eur. Thought, 209 (2009)
Last updated October 1, 2013