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Roman Yankovskiy

  • Roman Yankovskiy has been at HSE University since 2020.


I supervise the LegalTech master's program.

As the head of the Center for the Transformation of Legal Education, I am involved in

  • Launching and supporting new disciplines within the LegalTech educational programs;
  • Formalization and scaling of best practices within the educational programs;
  • Development and compilation of new manuals, guides and other artifacts for the teaching of law;
  • The Legal Literacy Project and the legal literacy assessment system.

Education and Degrees

  • 2018

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Civil law, entrepreneurial law, family law, international private law
    Lomonosov Moscow State University
    Thesis Title: Regulation of Venture Capital Investment

  • 2010

    Degree in Law
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Professional biography

Until 2020 I worked at the Faculty of Law of Moscow State University. I taught business law, as well as my own courses in legal writing and legal regulation of innovation activities, and supervised number of projects at the departmental and faculty level. Together with A.E. Molotnikov, I developed and produced MSU's online course "Legal Support for Startups," which was repeatedly ranked among the top three most popular courses at Moscow State University and received the EdCrunch Award in 2016. My work has been the subject of numerous awards at the faculty and university levels.

While working at MSU, I also taught at MIPT, Plekhanov Russian Business University, and other universities and private educational institutions. I wrote numerous articles and two monographs, Startup Law (on legal issues in the IT business) and The Highrise Number One (on the history, architecture and structure of the Moscow State University main building).

I am also a practicing IT and intellectual property lawyer. Since 2019, I was recommended by Best Lawyers as one of the leading Russian specialists in the field of technology regulation. In 2020, I entered the top ten Russian experts in the digital economy and became one of the winners of the Runet Award in the category "Digital Lawyer of the Year". In 2021, the Pravo.ru-300 rating recognized me for TMT (telecommunications, media, technology).

Awards and Accomplishments

Winner of the HSE University Best Russian Research Paper Competition – 2021

Runet Award as "Digital Lawyer of the Year", nomination "For Contribution to Legal Science" (2020)

Moscow University personal scholarship for young teachers and researchers achieved significant results in teaching and research (2020)

Winner of the EdCrunch MOOC Award in the legal category (2019)

Winner of the EdCrunch MOOC Award in the "Technological Entrepreneurship" category (together with A.E. Molotnikov) (2016)



Article Yankovskiy R., Nikiforov A., Бардов И. А. Three Legal Views of a Software: Source Code, Derivative Work, and Work for Hire / Пер. с рус. // Вестник экономического правосудия Российской Федерации. 2022. No. 10. P. 100-137. doi


Article Yankovskiy R. Cryptocurrency in Russian law: Surrogates, “Other Assets” and Digital Currency // Legal Issues in the Digital Age. 2020. Vol. 1. No. 1. P. 3-31.

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Workshop "Legal Writing" (Master’s programme; Faculty of Law; 1 year, 2 module)Rus

Courses (2020/2021)

HSE Mass Open Online Courses

"Legal Literacy" on "Open Education" MOOC platforn

Employment history

Work in Education

2022 - present: NES, visiting lecturer (Master's program "Finance, Investments, Banks" (MAF), HSE/NES Programme in Economics).

2020 - present: National Research University Higher School of Economics, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law.

2020 - 2023: National Research University Higher School of Economics, Faculty of Law, Deputy Dean for Development.

2020: National Research University Higher School of Economics, Advisor to the Rector on Legal Education.

2018 - 2022: MIPT, visiting lecturer (Master's program "Technological Entrepreneurship").

2016 - 2017: Plekhanov Russian Economic University, visiting lecturer (undergraduate program "Capitans of Business").

2013 - 2020: Faculty of Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Law.

2010 - 2013: Faculty of Law of Lomonosov Moscow State University, postgraduate student.

Law practice

2019 - present: Tomashevskaya & Partners, partner in the IP & IT practice.

2016 - 2019: Zartsyn, Yankovsky & Partners, partner.

2014 - 2016: legal advice for commercial and non-commercial organizations.

Timetable for today

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Artificial Case: ChatGPT Helps HSE Lawyer Write Article for Academic Journal

Roman Yankovskiy, head of the Centre for Legal Education Transformation at the HSE Faculty of Law, academic supervisor of the Digital Lawyer programme, has written an article in a legal journal using ChatGPT. The experiment was agreed upon with the journal’s editorial board. The author explains why we need such an experience, whether artificial intelligence (AI) is up to the task, and whether we can prohibit its use in scientific work.

Roman Yankovsky on the summit «The Present and Future of Global Legal Education»