About Kovalyov Readings

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The XV Kovalyov Readings research-to-practice conference will take place on 13-14 February 2020.

The two-day intensive program of the Conference will give legal scholars and practitioners new formats to exchange their ideas on many topical issues. The official cultural program will offer participants different cultural events and excursions and a possibility to develop business contacts.


History of the conference

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The Kovalyov Readings is a unique international conference annually held in Yekaterinburg and attended by leading legal scholars and practitioners.

The Conference has been held by the Criminal Law Department of the Ural State Law University since 2004. Over these years, the Conference has grown into a large-scale international forum to exchange ideas on the most topical issues put before the international legal society. More than 600 speakers and 2,000 participants from 16 countries have taken part in the Conference.


Traditionally, the «Kovalyov Readings» research-to-practice conference is held by the Criminal Law Department of the Ural State Law University (USLU). It owes its name to Mitrofan Ivanovich Kovalyov (1922 - 2002), a prominent Russian scientist, a Great Patriotic War participant, a longstanding head of the Criminal Law Department at the Sverdlovsk Law Institute (SLI), a founder of the Ural criminal law school, Honored Worker of Sciences of the RSFSR, teacher of numerous generations of students at SLI-USLU, Doctor of Law and Professor.

Target Audience

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  • Scholars and teachers dealing with criminal law, criminology, penitentiary system and victimology
  • Judges
  • Law enforcement workers: investigators, prosecutors, policemen
  • Human rights defenders
  • Advocates and legal practitioners
  • Penitentiary service workers
  • Journalists and politicians
  • Private detectives
  • Notary workers
  • Students’ community: undergraduates, masters, post-graduate students


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Volunteers are an essential part of the Kovalyov Readings. Every year participants and speakers emphasize a very good work of volunteers underlining their hospitality, prompt help and competence. To be a volunteer at the Conference implies taking part in the event of the international level, acquiring invaluable experience of speaking with high-level professionals from different spheres and meeting fellow thinkers.

All questions on volunteering at: info@cckr.ru



Situated near the border between Europe and Asia, Yekaterinburg is the administrative center of the Sverdlovsk oblast, a fourth most densely populated city in Russia.

Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723 by the order of Peter I who wanted to make it a mining capital of the country. And it is a fact that during the first years of its work the Yekaterinburg factory was better technologically equipped than any other metallurgical enterprises in the world.