Comparative and Private International Law

Comparative and Private International Law

Duration: 2 years
Languages of Instruction: Russian
Mode of study: Full-Time
Field of study: 40.04.01 Jurisprudence
Programme name: Comparative and Private International Law
Special conditions: tuition fee waivers available
- Master degree diploma “Jurisprudence” (MSSES, Russia)
- Ll.M (University of Manchester, UK)
The master's degree in Comparative and Private International Law offers a comparative legal and supranational approach to legal institutions and structures. Students study supranational regulation of international trade and financial activities. The program introduces the European legal tradition and general legal principles that are the basis of civil law in any civilized society and act as an enduring constant of legal culture. The program is taught by prominent scientists, authors of influential scientific papers and well-known practitioners, employees of leading universities and higher courts of the country.
We teach that justice is a science and there is a scientific way to get fair decisions.
Dmitry Dozhdev, Professor, Dean of the Law Department

Who is this program for?

Graduates of law faculties of Russian universities come for a master's degree and turn from novice lawyers into full-fledged specialists.
Experienced lawyers come to get into the top league, to join the community of the most popular and famous specialists in the field of legal science and practice.
Researchers come to pursue an international academic career in civil and comparative law.

Program features

  • The program is individualized, students choose subjects from an extensive list of courses.
  • All courses of the program are copyrighted. The faculty consists of doctors and masters of British and American universities, employees and retired judges of the High Court of Arbitration of the Russian Federation, well-known academics and professionals, editors of leading legal publications.
  • Our evening classes (from 7 to 10 PM) make it possible to combine study and work.
  • The classes discuss the most relevant and notable cases. All classes are held in the format of seminars and discussions, which allows you to gain new knowledge, learn to defend your point of view and look at the same phenomena from different sides. Our courses provide the most relevant interpretations of the necessary knowledge and the most pressing issues and teach you to search for the most appropriate solutions. Thanks to this, students learn to reason keeping in mind the ultimate goal.
  • The expressed comparative legal aspect of the educational program allows us to understand the supranational and universal approaches of different jurisdictions, and to see Russia's place in the international context. The course "Theory and practice of legal reception in private law" shows how to take into account the achievements of other jurisdictions when developing laws and planning reforms. Students compare French, Dutch, Anglo-American, and German law. This allows us to think globally at the level of scientific generalizations and expand the horizon of understanding the law.
  • The result of each course is the submission of written academic essays. All works are evaluated anonymously by several instructors, which guarantees the objectivity of assessments and versatile feedback on written works.
  • Students have the opportunity to regularly attend lectures by foreign scientists and specialists. For example, thanks to the legal education center in Salzburg, the program is taught by lawyers and judges from the United States.
  • Students serve as interns at the school of European law at Maastricht University.
  • Students master academic English and Legal English, which is necessary for professional communication and academic research.
  • Students take part in discussions with instructors and get advice from the best specialists in a democratic environment. Students become part of a professional community of reputable experts.
  • Graduates receive a Russian master's degree and a British master's degree from the University of Manchester (UK).

How is the training arranged?

Individual program building

The program is built according to the British standard: there is an extensive list of courses, from which students choose exactly those that they are interested in and need for further work. Only introductory courses are required, and all other courses are optional. Students can choose courses either by delving into the topic they are interested in, or, conversely, by studying those areas with which they are not yet familiar enough.
Novice lawyers will benefit from a package of orientation courses - methodological courses and courses on the basic part of the Civil Code, which introduce the main categories and principles of legal analysis, the philosophy of law, and the history of legal teachings. Students can take courses that are not included in their curriculum.

Class format

All classes are held in the form of discussions, during which different positions are faced to find answers and solutions. Students learn to defend their point of view. Discussions are seen as a laboratory for learning.

Some of the classes are held in the format of open seminars, where topical cases are discussed. These seminars are attended not only by the program's lecturers, but also by leading practitioners. Recent seminars discussed cases resolved by the Supreme court of the Russian Federation and amendments to the civil code of the Russian Federation.

The English language

Before starting training, all students are tested and assigned to groups depending on their level of training. Studying English at the faculty of law in Shaninka is divided into three directions:

A course of English to prepare for the exam in the format of the international IELTS test. At the end of this training, students must pass an exam with a score of 6.0, which is a requirement for obtaining a British diploma.
Academic English provides basic knowledge for working with English scientific literature. Students learn to structure the text and analyze it.
Legal English is a mandatory course in professional English. Legal Writing is taught by Professor and textbook author O. A. Khazova and graduates of the program masters of European universities. During the semester, students learn to understand English texts and master a professional vocabulary.

Thesis and written works

The result of each course is the submission of written academic essays. At the end of their studies, students write their thesis.
Students choose a topic for their work depending on their own professional interests and career goals. Teachers advise students at every stage of writing.
All works are evaluated anonymously by several instructors, which guarantees the objectivity of assessments and versatile feedback on written works.

Training Abroad

In their second year of study, students complete an internship at the University of Maastricht in the international and comparative law program. There, students choose 4 courses and attend lectures and seminars on them, integrate into the educational process of the European University and get access to the library. Part of the cost of training is covered by the MSSES.


The program provides research, production and teaching practice, in which masters can conduct classes for undergraduate students.

Foreign lecturers

American lawyers and judges from the center for legal education (Salzburg) give lectures on the US judicial system, bankruptcy law, torts, international commercial contracts, and international commercial arbitration.

The center for comparative law Rome-3 holds round tables and discussions open to all students of the faculty on topical issues of comparative private law.

Library resources and databases

The law department's library collection includes leading online databases. At the MSSES, you can use the international base Nexis Uni. This is a huge digital archive of legal acts and court cases of the European Union, the United States, Great Britain, Mexico and the countries of the British Commonwealth. Here one can find tens of thousands of legal journals, monographs and commentaries on international law, information about companies and markets around the world.
Students can also use the library of the Russian Arbitration Center at the Institute of Commercial Arbitration.

Training program

Required courses:

  • Philosophy of law
  • Legal writing
  • Comparative law
  • History of political and legal doctrines
  • Current problems of international private law
  • History and methodology of legal science

Optional courses

  • Comparative corporate governance law
  • International transportation
  • Basic part of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation in judicial practice
  • System of property rights
  • Injury and damage compensation
  • Comparative tort law
  • Current problems of civil and arbitration proceedings
  • Contracts on the transfer of property
  • Contract for the international sale of goods
  • Basic provisions on a contract in common law
  • Real estate turnover
  • Introduction to the English system of real estate rights
  • General problems of the liability law
  • Remedies for the parties of international commercial contracts
  • Information law in the digital age
  • Trusts in the International Lending Organization (ICO)
  • International commercial arbitration
  • Theory and practice of legal reception in private law

Graduates’ careers

  • Students can continue their academic career and go for a PhD in foreign universities. Shaninka cooperates with the University of Turin and implements a joint PhD program in law.
  • Graduates move up the career ladder and significantly increase their salary.
  • Graduates move to management positions where legal literacy and understanding of the international legal context are of particular importance.

  • Graduates open their own law firms. Sometimes teams are formed right inside the faculty and firms are organized by fellow students.
  • Aspiring lawyers become self-confident specialists and become part of the elite of the professional community.

Alumni reviews

What is a master's degree at the faculty of law of Shaninka or Dozhdev School (as some colleagues say)? This is one of the best periods in any person's life. This is an opportunity to reflect and become better than you were. These are Dozhdev, Shirvindt, Yegorov, Bevzenko, Karapetov, Erokhova, Zaitsev, Belova, Budylin - I can list them and be proud of them further. This is the involvement in the process, the honesty and responsibility of the givers on the one hand and the recipients on the other. I remember our twentieth anniversary graduation, when Theodore Shanin, with a tremor in his voice, concluded his speech with the simple words:"I would also like to hug you all." You understand that you can always go back to your native school and you alma mater will hug you again.
Timur Kurbanov, 2015, lawyer
Shaninka made me change my approach to training and my perception of the profession. It also became a great foundation for my international career and gave me a magical communication - professional and social.
Evelina Nesterova, 2002 graduate, Regional Chief Compliance Officer, Europe, DLL
This is my ticket to life! Thank you for your high professionalism, financial support and the opportunity to continue your PhD program in England.
Olga Novikova, 2002, lecturer at the National Research University Higher School of Economics
Shaninka gave me the opportunity to try out international standards of education, different approaches to education, and allowed me to dare and set significantly higher standards in my work and life than I could have thought of before the School.
Alexander Dolya, 1998, LLM, FCIArb, head of practice at the Moscow office of the Burlingtons Law Office)
Shaninka has greatly influenced my life, it is not just a professional education, it is a rethinking of many things. Now life is divided into "before"and " after".
Ivan Khomenko, 2019, lawyer, Moscow Chamber of Lawyers
The school has significantly expanded my horizons: both general and legal. It was a great pleasure to communicate with professional instructors who are incredible specialists in the subject, and at the same time are interesting people. The learning process itself was also, although difficult, very creative and interesting.
Sergey Laptev, 2011, Head of the Legal Department of JSC 121 ARZ


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