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"
'Sino-Russian Transboundary Rivers: a legal perspective on cooperation' Stockholm Papers, The Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm.
'The impact of the Deepwater Horizon: the evolving international legal regime for offshore accidental pollution prevention, preparedness, and response' Ocean Development and International Law, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 335-362. DOI:
'Can the Dragon and Bear drink from the same well? Examining Sino-Russian Cooperation on Transboundary Rivers through a Legal Lens. Part 1' Journal of Water Law, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 95-107.
'Can the Dragon and Bear drink from the same well? Examining Sino-Russian Cooperation on Transboundary Rivers through a Legal Lens. Part 2' Journal of Water Law, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 127-142.
'Challenges of Nord Stream: Streamlining International Legal Frameworks and Regimes for Submarine Pipelines' Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL), vol. n/a, no. 3, n/a.
Challenges of Nord Stream: Streamlining International Legal Frameworks and Regimes for Submarine Pipelines. in T Giegerich & A Proelss (eds), German Yearbook of International Law. 2009 edn, vol. 52, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, pp. 241-292.
'Water security, hydrosolidarity and international law: a river runs through it' Yearbook of International Environmental Law 2013, vol. 19, pp. 97-134. DOI:
'Marine pollution via transboundary watercourses: an interface of the 'shoreline' and 'river-basin' regimes in the wider Black sea region' International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 584-620. DOI:
'Regime building for transboundary waters: the evolution of legal and institutional frameworks in the EECCA region' Journal of Water Law, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 77-94.
'Transforming potential conflict into cooperation potential: the role of International Water Law' UNESCO.
Beyond GATT: environmental issues on the agenda of the World Trade Organization. in M Bothe & PH Sand (eds), Environmental policy: from regulation to economic instruments. Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Analysing the ECE Water Convention: what lessons for the regional management of transboudary water resources? in Yearbook of International Cooperation on Environment and Development . 2003/2004 edn, Earthscan, pp. 55-63.
The ‘tug of war’ in the Caspian: legal positions of the coastal states. in W Ascher & N Mirovitskaya (eds), The Caspian Sea: a quest for environmental security. NATO Science Partnership Series, vol. 67, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp. 189-200.
'Current developments in the law relating to international watercourses: implications for Portugal' Nação e Defesa, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 131.
The legal status of the Caspian Sea and its hydrocarbon resources. in G Blake, M Pratt, C Schofield & J Allison Brown (eds), Boundaries and energy: problems and prospects. International Boundary Studies Series, Kluwer Law International, London, pp. 137-156.
International legal regime for the protection of the marine environment against operational pollution from offshore petroleum activities. in Z Gao (ed.), Environmental regulation of oil and gas. Kluwer Law International, London, pp. 93-142.
'The legal status of the Caspian Sea: a card in the new Great Game?' Paper presented at Caspian Oil and Gas Summit, London, United Kingdom, 4/11/98 - 5/11/98, .
Toward regional co-operation in the Caspian: a legal perspective. in MH Glantz & IS Zonn (eds), Scientific, environmental, and political issues in the Circum-Caspian region. NATO ASI series. Series 2: Environment, vol. 29, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, pp. 53-66. DOI:
'The Caspian Sea: quest for a new legal regime' Leiden Journal of International Law, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 87-98. DOI:
The Turbot war in the Northwest Atlantic: quotas and the conservation of marine living resources. in R Wolfrum (ed.), Enforcing environmental standards : economic mechanisms as viable means?. Springer .
'Transboundary water resources in the former Soviet Union: Between conflict and cooperation' Natural Resources Journal, vol. 36, no. 2 PART 1, pp. 393-414.
Environmental law. in LF Damrosch, GM Danilenko & R Mullerson (eds), Beyond confrontation : international law for the post-Cold War era. Westview Press.
'The Caspian Sea: current legal problems' Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, vol. 55, pp. 604-623.