Elena Pribytkova
Scholar in Residence

Elena Pribytkova graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a First Class degree in Law and received a Candidate of Legal Sciences degree from the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is a JSD candidate at Columbia Law School and a Habilitation candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Basel.

Elena’s main areas of expertise are human rights law; legal and political philosophy; public international law; comparative public law; law and sustainable development; and comparative history of legal and political ideas. She has worked extensively on individual and collective multidisciplinary research projects on theories of justice; law and morality; human dignity; human rights; and in particular socioeconomic rights. She has written more than fifty papers and books in English, German, French, and Russian. Her JSD research explores global obligations of multiple actors corresponding to basic socioeconomic rights and pays special attention to global obligations presupposed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Her book project A Decent Social Minimum in the Language of Human Rights focuses on a set of territorial human rights guarantees aimed at protecting persons from extreme poverty and enabling them to lead a decent life.

Elena held various research and teaching appointments at University of Basel; Radboud University Nijmegen; Ruhr-University Bochum; Institute of State and Law of Russian Academy of Sciences; Moscow University for Industry and Finance “Synergy”; and Columbia Law School. She was also a visiting fellow at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law; Swiss Institute of Comparative Law; Heidelberg University; and Oxford University.

Elena organized the first Human Rights Clinic at the University of Basel with a focus on the human rights guarantees of poverty reduction and supervised collaborative human rights projects with local and international NGOs. As an intern with the Rule of Law Unit in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the UN, she was involved in work on the draft of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provided suggestions on the interrelation between human rights, the rule of law, and development.

As a Post-Doctoral Global Fellow affiliated with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Elena will analyze extraterritorial obligations of states, international organizations, and non-state actors in the area of socioeconomic rights. Her multidisciplinary project will emphasize the interrelation between philosophical discourse, normative legal order, and legal practice and demonstrate how contemporary theories of global justice can contribute to justifying, conceptualizing, allocating, and implementing extraterritorial obligations.


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