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Dr. Olga R. Gulina – director of the Institute on Migration Policy

Ольга Гулина – директор Института миграционной политики

Dr. iur. Olga R. Gulina

DR OLGA GULINA is a legal and migration expert. She holds a PhD in Law (2002) and PhD in Migration Studies (2010). Her field of expertise included migration management, immigration law and its enforcement in the countries built in the ruins of USSR, in the countries of Eastern und West Europe.

Dr. Alisa Oblezova leading expert in the labour law, Russia

Алиса Облезова ведущий эксперт в области трудового права, Россия

   E-mail: contact at rusmpi.org

Tel.: (Germany) +49 172 154 7284

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Dr. Alisa Oblezova

She holds PhD in Employment Law (2003, Perm State University, Russia), Diploma in Law (2000, Perm State University, Russia), MBA degree (2009, Academy of National Economy of the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow Russia)

Her research is focused on the enforcement of equality and prohibition of discrimination of special categories of employees, including employees with family responsibilities , disabled and underage employees. Dr. Alisa Oblezova was Fulbright-Kennan Research Scholar at the Kennan institute of Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC (September 2012 – March 2013) http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program/kennan-institute. The title of her project at the Kennan Institute is “Prevention of discrimination of the migrant workers in the labor law: comparative analysis of the legislature and law-enforcement practice in Russia and in the USA”.

Dr. Oblezova also has an extensive experience in corporate legal counseling.

Field of Expertise: Russian Labor Law, International Labor Law, Discrimination in Employment, Gender in Employment, Discrimination of Migrant Workers, Corporate Law.

Books and Articles: The Workers with Family responsibilities in international and Russian Labor Law. Moscow, Prospekt, 2013. 178 p.; On the limits of restrictions of labor rights of workers,Problems of the differentiation in legal regulation of the relationship in Labor and Social Security – The materials of the 5thinternational science conference of Eastern Europe and Central Asia ILO bureau. Moscow,Prospekt, 2009;On the issue of concept of person with Family obligations,Family and Housing Law;Moscow, 2012, №3. p. 12-20.

Presentations:Forced Labor in Modern Russia: the Protection of Worker’s Rights and the Access to Justice,World Crime Forum: Law,justice and development week2012, World Bank, USA; International Treaties regarding the employment of Vietnamese workers on the Territory of Russia, 2ndInternational conference “Regulated migration – a real way of cooperation between Russia and Vietnam in the XXI-st century”.Moscow, Russian Academy of Science, 2012; Immigration reform in Russia: Migrant workers.Elliot Scholl of International Affairs, The George Washington University, 2013.

Teaching:International Labor Law, Law and Labor of the specific category of workers, Employment Contract (Perm State University), Russian Labor Law (Moscow International Academy of Business).

Corporate experience:Legal support for the mining projects: “Construction of a potash mining complex”($56 mln.), “Reconstruction of the mines of Navoyee gold mining enterprise on turnkey basis” ($18 mln.) in Uzbekistan. Legal counseling on Supply contract between Liftec (Switzerland) and Avtovaz (Russia) ($55 mln.)

Asylgul Kanatbekova RUSMPI Research and Programme Intern


Asylgul Kanatbekova

Asylgul Kanatbekova is the 2nd year student of the Master program “Population and Development” (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia). She holds a Bachelor degree in Management of State Property (2017, Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kyrgyz Republic, Kyrgyzstan).

Asylgul has been studying migration over the last three years. She has started her research experience from diploma work on the migration policy of Central Asia countries. She completed her previous internship at Kyrgyzstan’s State Migration Service. Nowadays she specializes in labor migration studies and does research using mixed method research and statistical software STATA.

Dr. Leah Utyasheva

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Dr. Leah Utyasheva

Dr. Leah Utyasheva is outstanding researcher and practioner, working in a field of human rights and its application. She is a graduate of the Bashkir State University, Ufa, Russia. She holds an LL.M. in Comparative Constitutional Law from the Central European University, Budapest, and a Ph.D. in Human Rights Law from the University of Newcastle, United Kingdom. 

Dr. Utyasheva Leah has worked in the area of human rights and law in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia for more than 10 years.  She started her human rights work at the Ombudsman’s (Human Rights Commissioner) office in Ufa, Russia, where she dealt with complaints from low income and vulnerable persons.  She then worked on issues of access to justice and legal aid systems reform in Eastern Europe with the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) in Budapest. 

In 2004-2006, she worked on issues of gender equality, women’s empowerment and prevention of domestic violence as a Legal officer and later as a Director of Gender Justice Program at the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (ABA/CEELI) in Moscow.  In 2006-2009, she worked as Senior Policy Analyst with the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Toronto, Canada. In this capacity she specialised in human rights of people living with HIV, people who use drugs and prisoners in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In 2010-2012, she taught international human rights law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, Canada.

Since 2010, Dr. Leah Utyasheva is a consultant in international human rights law, drug policy and gender issues. She works with civil society groups, governments and inter-governmental organisations providing technical assistance, capacity building and legal and policy analysis related to human rights, protection from discrimination and gender issues. Leah is a board member of AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW), the Netherlands.

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