Dmitry Kurnosov

Dmitry Kurnosov

Research assistant

Before joining iCourts, I have served as a press officer of the Russian Constitutional Court for five years. My research focuses on the right to free and fair elections as a developing field of the international human rights law. In my thesis I will study the role of international courts, particularly the European Court of Human Rights, in safeguarding electoral rights. I have published on parties, elections, electoral systems and their place in constitutional and international human rights law.

I have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Area Studies from St. Petersburg State University in Russia. Upon graduation I worked as a reporter for several major publications in St. Petersburg, covering law, government and crime. A few years later I went to Hungary to study for an LL.M. in Comparative Constitutional Law (With Merit) at Central European University. Concurrently with my employment at the Russian Constitutional Court I have pursued a PhD in Political Science from St. Petersburg State University, successfully defending my thesis in 2015.

Current research

Contemporary political processes result in a somewhat paradoxical situation whereby near universal institutional acceptance of a right to free and fair vote and growing proliferation of techniques by which political actors ensure that in practice elections are anything but free and fair. At the same time, so called "established democracies" experience their own sort of malaise with rising voter apathy and dissatifaction, fragmentation of party systems and the rise of radical actors. Is there a way in which the international courts can contribute to arresting or at least correcting this trend? So far the experience has been mixed. Consider for example, the controversial decisions of the Strasbourg Court in Finci and Hirst, applying Art.1-3 of the European Convention of Human Rights, only to meet fierce resistance from member states. Does that mean that electoral rights can escape the ongoing processes of transnationalization, pluralization, fragmentation and globalization of national legal orders? In order to answer this question, I will explore the various theoretical approaches to democracy and electoral rights in legal and political theory, concepts of judicial review and the role of international courts, approaches and attitudes of political actors and other stakeholders. 

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