Elena Pribytkova

Columbia Law School - Investigadora

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 has held various research and teaching appointments at universities of Moscow, Heidelberg, Bochum, Nijmegen, Basel and Oxford and worked a lot in individual and collective multidisciplinary research projects on theories of justice, law and morality, human dignity, human rights, and in particular basic socio-economic rights. She has written more than fifty papers and books in English, German, French and Russian.

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 United Nations, she worked on a project entitled The Rule of Law and Development: Issues for the Post-2015 Agenda and provided suggestions for the draft of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Currently, she is a research assistant at the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute.

Elena’s J.S.D. dissertation focuses on global obligations of multiple actors to cooperate and assist for the realization of the right to a decent standard of living. She pays special attention to extraterritorial obligations of states, international organizations and non-state actors presupposed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Her interdisciplinary research emphasizes the interrelation between philosophical discourse, normative legal order and legal practice and demonstrates how contemporary theories of global justice can promote justifying, conceptualizing, allocating and implementing extraterritorial obligations in the field of socio-economic rights.