Maxim is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Comparative Constitutionalism at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
Prior to his move to Budapest in August 2011, Maxim worked at Citizens’ Watch (a human rights NGO based in St Petersburg) where he held the post of Legal Analyst. Citizens’ Watch was established in 1992 and aims to bring about parliamentary and civic control over law enforcement agencies to prevent violations of constitutional rights by the State. Maxim’s main responsibility was to provide legal expertise for a pilot project. The project aims to establish a regional probation service for young offenders, focusing on social rehabilitation.
In cooperation with Arkady Gutnikov, a Director of Clinical Legal Education Center of the Institute of Law, Maxim runs the Law and Society Project. The Law & Society Project is aimed at the promotion of interdisciplinary discussions on the role of law and the legal profession in contemporary societies. The Law & Society Project includes the continuous seminar «Law & Society», the Students’ Moot Court Competition “Amicus Curiae” as well as discussions, round tables etc. with the participation of specially invited guests and experts.
Max was awarded a Chevening Fellowship and in Jan-March 2010 undertook the postgraduate course in Implementing Human Rights Conventions at the Human Rights Law Centre (the University of Nottingham Law School). His placement was at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre. He was previously an Associate Professor of Public Legal Disciplines at the St Petersburg branch of the Russian Law Academy.