Dmitry Kurnosov is a Research Assistant at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and a visiting teacher at the School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen (Russia). He received his PhD in Law in February 2020 from the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and in Political Science from St. Petersburg State University (Russia) in March 2015. During his doctoral studies he held visiting positions at the Central European University (Hungary) and the University of Helsinki (Finland). He received his master’s degree in Constitutional Law from Central European University and bachelor’s degree in European Studies from St. Petersburg State University. He has a wealth of practical experience in mass media and public relations.

Dmitriy Kurnosov

Research Interests:

Dmitry’s research investigates the perceptions of electoral competition in legal and political contexts. In particular, he studies how the European Court of Human Rights deals with election disputes. In some of those cases, the Strasbourg Court has faced resistance from respondent governments. In others, it has been surprisingly passive, refusing to review the substantive issues. Dmitry argues that the reason behind these tendencies is the role of elections in creating winners and losers in the political process. Because of this role, judges are mindful of potential effects of their forays into electoral competition. Yet, politicians still can surprise them by finding innovative (yet often unpleasant) ways to achieve victory.

Dmitry has been concurrently working on projects that explore other dimensions of electoral competition. He has studied ways in which statistical methods can help improve election integrity, publishing an article in the Journal of Law and Politics

Dmitry’s teaching explores the overlapping borders of Law, Politics and Economics, creating innovative interdisciplinary courses. He draws upon on the resources of behavioral theories to tackle complex societal issues. He has taught classes on social upheavals and emergencies, human rights, law, economics and society.    

Key Terms:

  • Politics
  • Elections
  • Democratic Rights
  • Competition
  • International Courts