Mikhail Golichenko


Senior Policy Analyst

Mikhail joined the Legal Network staff in September 2010.

At the Legal Network, Mikhail leads our research and advocacy work in Russian-speaking countries, with a particular focus on drug policy issues. He has been involved extensively in building the capacity of community legal workers in Russia and continues to provide assistance in challenging cases related to drug use and human rights before various regional and international bodies, including the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee. He has authored several publications on civil litigation issues in Russia.

Previously, Mikhail was a Legal Officer with the UNODC Country Office for the Russian Federation in Moscow, where his work focused on the promotion of human rights and addressing legal barriers to accessing effective HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs for prisoners and people who inject drugs.

He has also worked for the UN Peacekeeping in West Africa and the Russian police service in different positions, including as an instructor.

Mikhail holds a Candidate of Sciences degree (PhD equivalent) in Russian Civil Law from Saratov State Academy of Law and an LL.M. in Canadian Common Law from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. He has been a member of the Russian Bar Association since 2007.

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