Department of Private International and Civil Law

Sergey Lebedev Department of Private International and Civil Law is the main MGIMO University department to study in depth civil law disciplines, private law regulation of international trade and foreign private law key institutions.

The academic work of the department is based on the comparative legal approach to the study of conflict-of-law regulation, substantive and procedural law.

In addition to basic civil law disciplines, the priority courses taught at the department include "Private International Law," "Foreign Trade Transactions," "International Commercial Arbitration," "Investment Arbitration," "Investment Law," "Comparative Law of Obligations," etc.

In 1974–2004, the department was headed by Professor Sergey Lebedev, with the department now named after him. In 2004–2022, the department was headed by Professor Alexey Kostin. Since 2022, the duties of the head of the department have been carried out by Maria Andrianova.

The Department's staff consists of more than 30 highly qualified specialists in private international and civil law.  Most of them successfully combine teaching with legal practice as international arbitrators, lawyers or expert consultants, in particular, in the State Duma, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and other agencies, including international ones.

At the initiative of the department, a coordinating committee of law student competitions was established and is actively operating at MGIMO, there are also academic student clubs, such as the Civil Law Club, the English Law Debating Society and the Negotiations and Mediation Club.

Last update — August 2023

Head of Department

Maria Andrianova Maria Andrianova

Ph.D. in Law, Associate Professor


+7 495 229-38-24 (inner 13-35)
Room: 308