William B. Simons, PhD, is Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu.
Before he was Professor of East European Law at Leiden University, Netherlands. He received his undergraduate, graduate and law degrees at educational institutions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont and the Netherlands.
Prof. Simons has published extensively in the area of Russian, East European and comparative law. His research interests include public policy, reasonableness and fairness as tools to strengthen the ‘social character’ of Russian law and society, the harmonization of law versus regulatory competition in the CIS region, and issues of access to justice in the state and private sectors. For over 15 years, Prof Simons has served as the Editor of the quarterly law journal Review of Central and East European Law and the monograph series Law in Eastern Europe. He has also worked ‘in the field’ as a practicing attorney inter alia in Kazakhstan and Russia. He has been part of the Dutch ‘export’ of its Civil Code as well as its ‘import’ of the brightest-and-best from among CIS law students.
Thomas Hoffmann, Associate Professor in Law, Department of Private Law, University of Tartu
Mikhail Antonov is Professor of Law and associated with the Law Faculty at The National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (St. Petersburg). He also is a practicing attorney affiliated with the St. Petersburg Bar Association and “Of counsel” at Nota Bene law firm (likewise in St. Petersburg).
Professor Antonov’s research interests focus upon contemporary legal theory, problems of normativity in law and of sociological jurisprudence, and the theory of sovereignty. In 2013, Professor Antonov was awarded an Aurora Fellowship at the University of Tartu; during three years of his fellowship, he will be concentrating his research in Tartu on issues involving legal argumentation in a comparative-law as well as a historical perspective.
He is the author of more than 100 articles and papers, some of which have been published in English, French and German; a list of selected publications is at http://www.hse.ru/org/persons/23948027
Guest doctoral student: Valerio Cellentani
Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre
Doctoral dissertation: Selected Issues on Form and Formation of Business-to-Business contracts through electronic means: A comparison between Italian Law, Estonian Law and the International regime