Vinogradov, Sergei


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Dr Sergei Vinogradov (LL.B., Ph.D. Moscow State University), is a Senior Lecturer at CEPMLP and Director of our LL.M. programme.
He joined the Centre as a Senior Research Fellow in April 1996. Before joining the Centre, between 1994 and 1996, he was a visiting scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (Germany). Prior to that he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of State and Law of the USSR (Russian) Academy of Sciences. He also taught international law at the Faculty of Law of the Moscow State University.
His main field of expertise includes international environmental law, international law of natural resources, law of the sea, as well as environmental and natural resource law of Russia and the CIS. He is an elected member of the International Council for Environmental Law (Bonn) and was a member of the Water Resources Committee of the International Law Association and of the Commission on Environmental Law of the IUCN/World Conservation Union. He is a co-editor of the series of books “International and National Water Law and Policy” (Kluwer Law International) and a co-editor of the “Water Law and Policy Series” of books (International Water Association Publishing). He acted as a legal advisor to the UNECE, UNESCO, UNEP, World Bank and other international and donor agencies in drafting and negotiating intergovernmental agreements for the Caspian and Black seas, the Dniester and Kura River basins, and national water and environment-related legislation.


Teaches On-Campus Modules for:

Environmental Law and Policy for Natural Resources and Energy (CP52003)

The course deals with selected issues central to understanding international and national environmental policy and law related to production and consumption of natural resources and power generation. It addresses, in particular, environmental problems arising in connection with production and transportation of petroleum (both on-land and offshore), mining activities, use of nuclear energy, including production of uranium and disposal of radioactive wastes, and use of fossil fuels, including transboundary air pollution and global climate effects. A special emphasis is placed on the solutions for environmental problems provided by various national regulatory systems, in particular British and North American.

International Law of Natural Resources and Energy (CP51007)

The main objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and specific legal and jurisdictional issues in the field of international and transboundary natural resources. The emphasis is on ensuring a proper understanding of the existing legal mechanisms and international regimes applicable to various types of natural resources located beyond States’ jurisdiction or control.

Teaches Distance Learning Modules for:

Environmental Law and Policy for Natural Resources and Energy (CP50012)

This is a tailor-made course specifically designed for those students who specialise in energy and natural resources law and policy. The module is based on a transnational approach: it combines elements of international and comparative environmental law and deals with selected issues central to understanding legal and policy issues related to extractive industries and power generation. It addresses, in particular, environmental impacts and aspects of on-land and offshore exploration, production and transportation of petroleum, mining operations, nuclear energy safety and disposal of radioactive waste, and use of fossil fuels, including transboundary air pollution and global climate effects. A special emphasis is placed on examining various environmental tools (such as standards, EIA, environmental managements systems) that provide solutions of environmental problems in different national regulatory systems, both developed (UK and USA) and developing.


His current research interests are in the areas of water and energy security, environmental regulation of offshore petroleum activities, transboundary water resources and cross-border energy infrastructures, and protection of the marine environment.

Areas of Academic Interest and Ongoing Research

Water Security and International Law of Water Resources 

  • Research project "Water Security in the XXI Century: International Legal Response" (with P. Wouters)
  • Research project "Managing Europe’s Transboundary Watercourses: Legal Frameworks" (with A. Rieu-Clarke)

International Environmental Law 

  • "International Environmental Law" – a special section (stand-alone publication) of the 'Environmental Law' book, Scottish Universities Law Institute (SULI)
  • Paper "Thinking the Unsinkable: Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise and Maritime Boundaries"

Ocean Governance 

  • Paper "After the 'Perfect Storm' in the Sea of Azov: Polluted Waters and a Murky Legal Regime"
  • Paper "Structuring Regimes to Address the Land-Based Marine Pollution" (with E. Kirk)
  • Research project: "Offshore Mineral Resources and Outer Continental Shelf Claims: Russian and Nigerian Approaches" (with F. Abba)

Energy Security and Transnational Energy Infrastructures 

  • "Energy Security and International Law: The EU and Russian Perspectives" (with S. Seliverstov, MGIMO/University, Moscow)
  • "Cross-border Pipelines in Central Asia: Legal Problems"

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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