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Dmitry Poldnikov

  • Dmitry Poldnikov has been at HSE University since 2010.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2017

    Doctor of Sciences*
    HSE University

  • 2016

    Doctor of Sciences* in Theory and History of Law and the State; History of Doctrines about Law and the State
    Thesis Title: Origins of General Concept of Contract in Western European Legal Science (12th through 16th centuries)

  • 2013
    Associate Professor
  • 2006

    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 2005

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in World History
    Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences
    Thesis Title: Contractus and pactum in the doctrine of glossators (12-13 century)

  • 2002

    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.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2014, 2013, 2012

Young Faculty Support Programme (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "Future Professoriate" (2011-2012)

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Editorial board membership

  • 2011: Member of the Editorial Board, Journal on European History of Law.

  • 2003: Member of the Editorial Board, Ius antiquum. Древнее право (Ius antiquum).


  • 2018

    The 3rd Annual Conference of the Central and European Network of Legal Scholars "Legal Identities and Legal Traditions in Central and Eastern Europe" (Рига). Presentation: Piercing the Soviet veil of Russian national identity with comparative studies in truly European legal history

  • Journées Internationales de la Société d’Histoire du Droit de Bologna (2018) «L’Enseignement du Droit» (Болонья). Presentation: Le renouvellement de l’enseignement du droit civil russe au travers de la méthode comparative entre 1861 et 1917
  • Международная научная конференция "Право - явление цивилизации и культуры (Жидковские чтения 2018)" (Москва). Presentation: Перспективы изучения общей части договорного права стран континентальной Европы: функциональный или культурный подход?
  • 2017

    The 9th Central and Eastern European Forum of Young Legal, Political and Social Theorists (Вроцлав). Presentation: Approaches to Law amidst Eclectic Criticism in Post-Socialist Russia

  • 22nd Ius Commune Conference (Утрехт). Presentation: The functional method as the staple of comparative studies of European legal history in the early 21st century?
  • 2016
    Forth Biennial Conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History «Culture, Identity and Legal Instrumentalism» (Гданьск). Presentation: Why generalizing contract law? Debates around key arguments in the 19th century France, Germany and Russia
  • 2015
    The British Legal History Conference 2015 (Рединг). Presentation: Magna Carta: Disentangling History from Myth in Russia
  • The XXIst Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians: Law in Transition (Тель-Авив). Presentation: Roman law, academic debates, and the three transitions of private law in Europe

  • Colloque international: Du comparatisme au droit comparé (Париж). Presentation: Le Comparatisme, le droit romain, et trois naissances de la science de droit privé en Europe
  • 2014
    Third Biennial Conference of the European Society for Comparative Legal History "Traditions and Changes". (Мачерата). Presentation: “Scientification” and Voluntary Reception of Continental Legal Tradition in Russia (ca. 1850 to 1900)
  • Право и общество: эволюция во взаимодействии (Жидковские чтения-2014) (Москва). Presentation: Развитие доктрины частно-правового договора в ius commune в контексте эволюции западноевропейского общества XII-XVI вв.: вопросы методологии истории права.
  • XXth Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians (Кембридж). Presentation: Transplanting the western legal tradition: the “big bang” of Russian civil law in the mid-nineteenth century.


Employment history

2010–present: Assistant Professor in Legal History at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow), Faculty of Law.
2007–2011: Assistant Professor in Roman Law at Russian Academy of Justice (Moscow).
2006–2008: Senior scientific research scholar in History of European private law at Moscow State University 'M.V.Lomonosov', Faculty of Law.

Advanced professional training

2011 - Max Planck Institut for Private International and Comparative Law (Hamburg, Germany): reserach on the Pricnicple of Binding Force of contracts in Western European Legal Tradition.

2012 - Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA, USA): investigation into major patterns of study contract law in the American jurisprudence.

Timetable for today

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Exchange Students from Nice Visit HSE Faculty of Law

HSE Faculty of Law delivered a course on Jurisprudence for exchange students from the Nice Sophia Antipolis University as part of long-term ties between the universities. This was the first student exchange under the partnership agreement between the two universities. HSE plans to further develop this partnership programme.