Chair of Environmental Law and Land Law

Chairholder: Prof. Alexander K. Golichenkov

Teaching activity

Academic work

The chair’s activities are focused on academic work, namely on the provision of a highly qualified support to the academic process on the basis of approved State standards, the Law School curriculum, and syllabuses designed by the chair staff. At present, the chair teaches two general legal disciplines of the federal component — Environmental Law and Land Law.

Environmental Law is a discipline in which a 36-hour general course of lectures is given for students of the day department (lecturers: Prof. A.K. Golichenkov and Prof. M.I. Vassiliyeva) and of the special department (Assoc. Prof. N.G. Narysheva). Furthermore, the curriculum includes practical classes (36 hours) and weekly counseling interviews (36 hours). The staff supervises preparation of course and final papers. The chair’s professors (A.K. Golichenkov, T.V. Petrova) deliver a 36-hour course of lectures in Environmental Law within the framework of an international law syllabus (Geneva, Switzerland).

Land Law is a discipline in which a general course of lectures is given to students of the day and special departments (lecturers: Prof. O.I. Krassov, Prof. M.I. Vassiliyeva, Assoc. Prof. I.A. Ignatyeva, Prof. G.A. Volkov). At the international law department in Geneva, teaching of this course is arranged by Prof. G.A. Volkov.

Moreover, the chair arranges teaching of special disciplines to majoring students. At present, those are the following special courses:

  • Issues of methodology of environmental law (Prof. A.K. Golichenkov)
  • Legal issues of the economic framework of environmental protection (Prof. T.V. Petrova)
  • Environmental legislation (Assoc. Prof. I.A. Ignatyeva)
  • Establishment and evolvement of studies in environmental law (Assoc. Prof. E.I. Yefimova)
  • Legal regulation of land use in inhabited localities: land and town-planning legislation (Assoc. Prof. O.M. Kozyr)
  • Legal regulation of land transactions (Assoc. Prof. A.L. Korneyev)
  • A plot of land as an object of a land-related legal relationship (Asst. A.A. Minayeva)

Teaching staff of the Business Law Chair (MSU Law School) are involved, alongside the faculty of the Chair of Environmental Law and Land Law, in the teaching of the interdepartmental special course “Energy Law” (Prof. M.V. Vassiliyeva, Prof. G.A. Volkov, Asst. D.V. Khaustov, Assoc. Prof. P.G. Lakhno) to 4th-year students.

Three other special courses have been designed and are also offered to the students:

  • The most topical issues of law of natural resources (Prof. A.K. Golichenkov, Prof. O.I. Krassov, Prof. G.A. Volkov)
  • Compensation of damage caused by environmental violations (Assoc. Prof. N.G. Narysheva)
  • Environmental rights of citizens according to the legislation of the European Union member nations (A.A. Vorontsova)

Every year, the chair has 25 to 30 students on an average who specialize in the chair’s subject matter. Majoring students are invited to take part in annual nationwide schools of young environmental lawyers (for more detail, please refer to the section “Sofrino conferences and Schools of Young Jurists”). Beginning in 1995, more than 300 course papers and over 200 graduation papers have been prepared by majoring students at the chair.

The chair has a students’ research group called “Environmental and Land Society of Jurists” (ESOP) (research advisors: Prof. M.I. Vassiliyeva, Assoc. Prof. O.M. Kozyr; group president: graduate student E.V. Matveyeva).

A section of environmental and land law works every year within the framework of students’ annual research conferences.


Traditionally, academic research at the chair focuses around two basic areas:

  • legal protection of environment;
  • legal regulation of the use and protection of land and other natural resources.

Within the framework of these two areas, the following topics are perceived as priorities:

  • the concept, subject matter and system of environmental law, issues of enforcement of environmental law, issues of making a new environmental legislation, theory and legal workmanship of lawmaking activities, issues of teaching of environmental law (A.K. Golichenkov);
  • public environmental interests and rights of citizens, legal priorities of the national environmental policy, regional environmental legislation (M.I. Vassiliyeva);
  • theory of land, mineral, water and forest law, title to land and other natural resources (O.I. Krassov);
  • legal issues of effectiveness of the economic framework of environmental protection (T.V. Petrova);
  • legal aspects of the development of real estate market, planning of land use in urban and other inhabited localities, legal issues of the economic framework of environmental protection (G.A. Volkov);
  • issues of the development of environmental legislation of the Russian Federation, enhancement of effectiveness of the implementation of environmental legislation in the Russian Federation, the legal regime of sanitary protection zones of industrial facilities (I.A. Ignatyeva);
  • legislation on land reform, legal aspects of land zoning, environmental requirements in the course of privatization (O.M. Kozyr);
  • legal regulation of transactions involving land and other natural resources (A.L. Korneyev);
  • compensation of damage caused by environmental violations (N.G. Narysheva);
  • history of the establishment and evolvement of studies in environmental law, present-day condition and development trends in environmental law studies (E.I. Yefimova);
  • international environmental law, environmental law of European Union member nations (A.A. Vorontsova);
  • objects of land-related relationships and other relations pertaining to natural resources (A.A. Minayeva);
  • legal foundations of the State’s involvement in environmental relations, the framework of environmental law impact (D.V. Khaustov);
  • development of town-planning legislation; development of environmental legislation in Moscow (L.E. Bandorin);
  • legal regulation of environmental control by the government in the Russian Federation (N.M. Zaslavskaya).