Profile: Ilya V. Nikiforov
Currently I work as an adjunct professor at the School Of Law of St.Petersburg State University (Russia). I am affiliated with the Department of Civil Law and specialize in civil (private) law, particularly in .information technology law, international business transactions and international private law. I am doing a Ph.D. dissertation in Law. My first degree was in computers, so the topic of my thesis relates to intellectual property and other legal aspects of information technology.
A title of an advocate (member of St.Petersburg Bar Association) authorises me to practice law in the Russian Federation. I am associated with St.Petersburg law office of Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners, a Russian firm which often serves as a local Russian counsel to major western law firms and represents Russian clients internationally.
I am particularly interested in international arbitration and transnational litigation. I have participated in several international arbitration proceedings, including a series of proceedings under ICC Rules of Arbitration. Then I gained knowledge of international construction contracts (FIDIC) and practice of international arbitration. On several occasions I delivered expert opinions on Russian law which were used in proceedings before US, German, Dutch and French courts on various issues of Russian law.
I am a graduate (Magna Cum Laude) of this School Of Law of St.Petersburg State University and also have a degree in computer engineering. I also studied common law and international law at the School of Law of Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, USA). After graduation I have started as an associate at St.Petersburg office of Gide Loyrette Nouel. Then was working with the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund and served as a foreign legal counsel at Fulbright & Jaworski in Washington, D.C. (USA) before returning to St.Petersburg, Russia. . I liked Washington a lot - perhaps for the reason that downtown here (unlike in other American cities) has the same flavor as my home city.
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