Sergey Golubok is a practicing attorney and human rights defender. He holds a law degree from the St Petersburg State University, an L.L.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex, and a Ph.D. in International Law and European Law. He has worked for an international human rights organisation in London and the Secretariat of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He is the recipient of an award from the Moscow Helsinki Group for success in protecting human rights in courts.