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Mikhail Antonov studied law and graduated from the Saint-Petersburg State University in 2000. In 2005 he obtained a Master’s Degree in social sciences from Paris-V-René Descartes University (France).

In 2006, he received a PhD in law from Saint-Petersburg State University, and since then has been teaching legal theory and comparative law. He is currently an associate professor of law at the Law Faculty of the Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg (Russia). From 2000 to 2003 Dr Antonov worked at the Russian General Attorney’s Office; from 2003 to 2004 he was deputy director of the Saint Petersburg University Publishing House; from 2006 to 2011, he was a senior counsel at an international consulting firm. Since 2011, in addition to his academic career, Dr Antonov practices as an advocate at the Saint-Petersburg Bar Association, specializing in commercial law and procedure, tax, customs and labour law. In the scope of his professional activities he took part in more than 400 court cases, including the highest judicial instances (the Supreme Court, the Higher Arbitrazh Court, etc.).

Dr Antonov is a member of various international expert boards. Among others, he is an expert of G.F. Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.) , an expert of EU-Central Asia Rule-of-Law Platform. He also served as an expert in Russian law in the courts of the Netherlands and of the Great Britain. He was visiting professor and researcher at the Institut d’Études Politiques of Aix-en-Provence (France), at the Law Faculty of Tartu University (Estonia), and at other Western universities.


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