The idea of the Legal Dialogue online journal is to provide a platform for vivid dialogue about relevant legal issues for representatives of NGOs, lawyers, law students and interested general public, thus expanding the range of active participants and beneficiaries of the programme “Legal Dialogue” of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum.

Like the programme itself, the journal covers a wide range of topics. Our aim is to explain legal issues relevant for Russian civil society to our readers in the EU, as well as to make the actual legal questions, problems and practices in the EU/ EU countries more understandable in Russia.

Of course, the substantive content of the journal also depends on your communicated wishes and your active contributions. We invite you to send us topic proposals or concrete questions for discussion, announcements of interesting events or specific proposals of publications, as well as general ideas for further improvement of the journal. Please note that LDJ is open to publish translations of publications after the approvement by the editorial committee, if they have not been published in Russian and English yet.

We are open for your proposals and are looking forward to developing together an intensive, interesting and useful Legal Dialogue!

Please send us your topics, questions and material for publishing to legal.dialogue@eu-russia-csf.org

EU-Russia Civil Society Forum (Forum, or CSF) is a network of thematically diverse non-governmental organisations from Russia and the European Union, established as a bottom-up civic initiative, independent from governments, political parties and businesses. The goal of the Forum is to strengthen cooperation between civil society organisations and to contribute to the integration between Russia and the EU, based on common values of pluralistic democracy, rule of law, human rights and social justice. CSF Secretariat is hosted by DRA /German-Russian Exchange (Berlin). Read more: http://eu-russia-csf.org/


Dmitry Shabelnikov

Dmitry Shabelnikov is Editor of the Legal Dialogue Journal as well as Director for Eurasia at PILnet: The Public Interest Law Network, an international NGO. He has been leading efforts to promote legal aid reforms in Russia and develop clinical legal education there. Before joining PILnet in 2003, he worked in various capacities for the Moscow offices of the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA CEELI) and the Ford Foundation.

Project Сoordinator

Polina Baigarova

Polina Baigarova is Coordinator of the “EU-Russia Legal Dialogue“ programme of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. Before that, she had worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Research Division “Eastern Europe and Eurasia”) for three years, and participated in a number of research and social projects by various scientific institutions and nonprofit organisations in Germany. Polina studied communication sciences, political sciences, sociology, and cultural studies at the Universities of Bremen and Erfurt.

Editorial Assistant

Natalia Smolentceva

Natalia Smolentceva is Editorial Assistant at Legal Dialogue Journal. She is a Russian journalist and media researcher living in Berlin. She graduated from a double master degree in Global Communication and International Journalism in St. Petersburg and Berlin (2014-2016). Natalia was a contributing author for The St. Petersburg Times and Editor-in-Chief for Prospekt Magazine. She undertook internships at Echo of Moscow in St. Petersburg radio station and the Secretariat of EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in Berlin.