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Alexander N. Domrin

Alexander Domrin is a Russian lawyer and visiting law professor who has travelled, been affiliated with the Russian Parliament and Council of Ministers, and lectured widely throughout Russia and the United States. (For details see his Curriculum Vitae, below.)

Since 1997, he has been often teaching various courses at the University of Iowa College of Law and Political Science Department in Iowa City, Iowa.

The details of his research, writing, lecturing, academic and professional career are contained in his curriculum vitae -- which also contains his addresses, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses.

There are several articles of his posted here.

- Ten Years Later: Society, "Civil Society", and the Russian State, The Russian Review, vol. 62, no. 2, April 2003

- The Sin of Party-Building in Russia, Russia Watch: Analysis and Commentary (Harvard University), no. 9, January 2003 (also see here:;

- "Free, But Not Fair" Elections in Russia: "Not Fair" for Whom?, Russia Election Watch: Analysis and Commentary (Harvard University & University of Indiana-Bloomington), vol.3, no.5, February 2004 (also see here:;

- 'Trophy Art Law' as an Illustration of the Current Status of Separation of Powers and Legislative Process in Russia, in: Norman Dorsen & Prosser Gifford (eds.), Democracy and the Rule of Law (Washington: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2001);

- 'Something Wicked Comes This Way': A Sad Story of American 'Aid' to Russian Reformers, Nezavisimaya gazeta, Dipkurier (Moscow), March 22, 2001; Dipkurier Internet, no. 10 (30), June 21, 2001; also published in: Johnson's Russia List, no. 5180, April 1, 2001 (available at

- Issues and Options in the Soviet Transition to the Rule of Law, Coexistence: A Review of East-West and Development Issues, March 1993.

Alexander N. Domrin Curriculum Vitae

[June 2004]

Office: Institute of Legislation & Comparative Law, 34 B. Cheremushkinskaya Street, Moscow, Russia 117218.
Home: 142450 Moscowskaya oblast, Noginsky rayon, p. Kupavna, ul. Oktyabrskaya, 4-37.
Phones (in Russia): 7-095/332-3954, 719-7302 (o); 7-09651/26-448 (h); Fax: 7-095/719-7602; Email:
Phones (in Iowa): 319/335-9076 (o); Fax: 319/335-9019; 335-9098; Email:

    Alexander Nickolayevich Domrin is a Senior Associate and Head of International Programs at the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law, a research and legislation-drafting division of the Russian federal government.

    Born 41 years ago, Alexander Domrin is a graduate (magna cum laude) of the Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) under the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  His major fields of study were International Law, Soviet Law, Foreign & Comparative Law, Foreign Affairs & Diplomacy.

    In 1990 he joined the professional staff of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations, as its Senior and then Chief Specialist.  As a lawyer, he participated in drafting a Bill on Conscientious Objection to Military Service and more than forty Resolutions of the Russian Parliament and its Presidium.  He helped prepare about thirty international treaties and agreements for ratification by the Supreme Soviet of Russia, including the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Agreement on Trade Relations, and the U.S.-Russia Tax Treaty.  He also participated in official negotiations between Russia and Estonia (Narva, 1991), Russia and Uzbekistan (Moscow, 1992).

    Besides having academic degree of Candidate of Law (Ph.D. equivalent) from the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law (1992), in 1998 he completed his doctorate program at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and became the first Russian lawyer to be awarded a Doctor of Juridical Science (Scientiae Juridicae Doctoris, S.J.D.) degree in the U.S.

    In 1991, Alexander Domrin was the first Soviet expert invited for an internship at the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) (Washington, D.C.).  In 1994-96, he was the Moscow Coordinator of the CRS--Russian Federal Assembly Parliamentary Development Program (funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development).  In 1998-99 he was a Consultant of the Russian Foundation for Legal Reform coordinating the World Bank--funded Legal Education Development Program (in St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg).

    Since 1993, Alexander Domrin has taught at major law schools in the U.S. - New York University School of Law, Cornell Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Iowa College of Law, Wayne State University Law School - and at the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in addition to being a Fulbright Research Scholar at Harvard Law School.  The courses that he teaches include International Law, Introduction to International Law, European Union Law, Constitutional Law of the European Union, National Security Law and Government Powers in Emergencies, U.S. Foreign Relations Law, Comparative Law in Post-Communist Countries, Contemporary Russian Law in Historical Context, Russian Constitutional Law, Legal Change After Communism, and Russian Foreign Policy.

    He has been an invited speaker at a number of universities in the U.S. (including Harvard University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Iowa, University of Connecticut, University of Maine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, University of Maryland, University of Vermont, Wittenberg University) and participated in numerous conferences worldwide (U.S.A., Britain, India, Finland, Italy, Hungary, Australia).

    Alexander Domrin is the author of over sixty publications (in Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, and the U.S.), including books The Constitutional Mechanism of a State of Emergency (Moscow: Public Science Foundation, 1998); Essays in Constitutional Law of Foreign Countries (Moscow: Spark, 1999; in coauthorship), Institutions of Constitutional Law of Foreign Countries (Moscow: Gorodets, 2002; in coauthorship), and reports to the Council for Foreign and Defence Policy (1992, 1995).  His S.J.D. dissertation was accepted for publication as a book by RoutledgeCurzon, a British publishing company.

    He is a member of the Expert Council on Constitutional Legislation under the Chairman of the State Duma (lower chamber of the federal parliament), of the Editorial Board of Representative Power - 21st Century: Legislation, Commentaries, Problems (a legal periodical of the Russian State Duma), of the Expert Council of the Institute of Law and Public Policy (Moscow), and of the Hauser Global Law School Faculty of the New York University Law School (New York).  In 2004 he was selected as a country (Russia) coordinator of a global program «Legislative and Executive Governance in Federal Democracies» under auspices of the Forum of Federations (Canada) and the University of Melbourne Law School.

        References and samples of writing are available upon request. 

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