Maria Smirnova has joined The School of Law in September 2014 as a member of an international team of researchers working on Professor Christopher Thornhill's research project on a sociology of the transnational constitution.
She recently completed an LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Exeter. Her PhD dissertation (Moscow, 2006) was dedicated to the constitutional right to education and the guarantees of its realisation in private educational institutions.
Previously she worked as a researcher in Moscow-based Federal Centre for Educational Legislation focusing on Russian and international education law and policy. As a member of this research team she worked on a number of research projects commissioned by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, including participation in the drafting of the newest federal law on education in the Russian Federation – a codified act comprehensively regulating all types and levels of education in Russia.
Close cooperation with the European Association for Education Law and Policy has led to a number of publications and book contributions on different aspects of education law and policy in Russia and from a comparative perspective.