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Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Law

Institute of National and Comparative Legal Studies

HSE University

Moscow, Russia


Institute of National and Comparative Legal Studies in Moscow, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of Public law.  We are looking for an early-career scholar who has a strong research record, and is interested in studying the interactions between public and environmental law, in particular, how the public law regulations shape the environmental law.


About HSE University

The Higher School of Economics (HSE University) is a young, dynamic and fast-growing Russian research university. Over the past 25 years, HSE University has become a leader in Russian education, while also being recognized globally.

For instance, we were the first state-run university in Russia to begin recruiting on the international academic market. We aim at being a university with a highly attuned approach to training new professionals. Therefore, we are eager to hire people with real experience, as well as basic and applied knowledge. Committed to high-quality research, HSE University now has more than 100 research institutes and centres and over 50 international research laboratories collaborating with international specialists from all over the world.



The general requirements for the postdoctoral fellowship positions are the following:

  • Candidates must hold a recent PhD in the field of public and comparative law or related areas which was awarded over the last 5 years or received before starting work at HSE in a relevant field by an internationally recognized university and has been assessed by external reviewers as having the potential to pursue research that is publishable in leading peer-reviewed journals;
  • Candidates should have a strong background in Public and Comparative law, good knowledge of environmental law is preferred; a relevant publication record demonstrating the ability to publish international academic publications (top tier peer-reviewed journals preferred); very good communication skills, independent and reliable way of working, resilience and ability to work in a team; experience with primary data collection; open mind and creativity with respect to interdisciplinary research approaches; international and interdisciplinary research experience is preferred.  Fluent English is an obligatory condition as research and other activities are conducted in English. Knowledge of Russian is not required;
  • Relevant experience will be an asset although not required.


The position involves:

  • Working under the direct supervision of Alexander Larichev, Professor, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law;
  • Participants are encouraged to pursue their own research along with working on the following Institute of National and Comparative Legal Studies research project:
    • “Right to a sound, satisfactory and healthy environment”.
  • Writing research papers for international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the Institute of National and Comparative Legal Studies;
  • Participation in the events of the Institute of National and Comparative Legal Studies and other contribution to the Institute’s development;
  • Public presentations of candidate’s own research to the academic community;
  • Some teaching is encouraged, though not required.



Appointments are made for one year. Postdoctoral fellows have an opportunity of renewal of the contract (no more than two times).

HSE University offers postdoctoral fellows a competitive salary, the standard medical insurance plan, a working space equipped with a computer and free Internet access at the University.

The Institute of National and Comparative Legal Studies offers access to its databases and analytical software ("ConsultantPlus", "GARANT", HSE Library e-resources).


Application Process

Applications must be submitted online. Please provide a CV, a statement of research interest and a recent research paper submitted via the online application form. At least two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the International Faculty Recruitment Office at fellowship@hse.ru before the application deadline. Please note that direct applications to the hiring Institute of National and Comparative Legal Studies may not be reviewed.

Read more about the application process here.


The deadline for the applications is February 14, 2021.

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If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the International Faculty Recruitment Office at fellowship@hse.ru


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