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MOU Provides for Faculty and Student Exchanges With Top Russian Law School

August 05, 2013 – 

Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Kutafin Moscow State Law Academy (MSLA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote collaborative scholarship efforts between the two institutions and support faculty and student exchanges. 

Russian Law MOU
MSLA Professors Elena Kotenko and Oleg Grin flank Acting Dean Ronald Chen, who holds the signed MOU. Looking on are Professor Stuart Deutsch (left) and Vice Dean Reid Weisbord.

MSLA is the largest law school in Russia, with more than 17,000 students attending five campuses. Commenting on the new MOU, Professor Stuart Deutsch, Director of Global/International Programs and Acting Senior Associate Dean at Rutgers–Newark Law School, said: “We are working to create partnerships with law schools around the world, and are pleased to have an active partnership with one of Russia’s premier law schools. We look forward to frequent visits and scholarly exchanges.”

Faculty interaction between the two institutions has already occurred. During the Spring 2013 semester, Professors Oleg Grin and Helen (Elena) Kotenko, both members of the Chair in Civil and Family Law at MSLA, spent several days at Rutgers–Newark Law School. Rutgers Professor Vera Bergelson is scheduled to visit Kutafin during September, 2013.        

Students also will be able to participate in the exchange program. According to Professor Deutsch, the first Rutgers students to visit Kutafin during Spring 2014 will likely be fluent in Russian.