Professor Nikolay Kropachev became Rector of St Petersburg University in 2008, having previously served as Senior Vice Rector and Dean of the Faculty of Law. He was twice appointed Rector by the President of the Russian Federation: in 2009 and 2014.

Professor Kropachev was born in Leningrad (St Petersburg) in 1959, and graduated from Leningrad State University in 1981. He defended his diploma thesis under the supervision of Professor Vadim Prokhorov. Professor Kropachev then became a doctoral student at the Department of Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law of Leningrad State University. In 1984 under the supervision of Professor Nikolay Belyaev, he defended his doctoral thesis – Legal Relations in Criminal Law.

In 1985, Professor Kropachev joined the Department of Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law at Leningrad State University as an Assistant Lecturer, and became a Professor in 2001. He was Head of the Department from 2000 to 2010.

In 1992, Professor Kropachev became Dean of the Special Faculty of Continuing Legal Education, St Petersburg University; and from 1993 to 1998 he was the Senior Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law. From 1998 to 2010, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Law, apart from a three-week period in 1999 when he was dismissed and then reappointed by a court order. From 2006 to 2008, Kropachev held concurrently positions as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Senior Vice Rector of St Petersburg University.

After defending a post-doctoral thesis Regulatory Mechanism of Criminal Law in 2000, Professor Kropachev was awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Law. In 2003, he became Professor, Department of Criminal Law. His research expertise covers education law, theory of state and law, criminology, and criminal law. These research interests are reflected in Professor Kropachev’s more than 80 scholarly works, teaching and learning guides, including a number of monographs and textbooks.

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From September 2000 to September 2005, Professor Kropachev was the Chairman of the Charter Court of St Petersburg. He is a 1st Class Full State Counsellor of St Petersburg.  

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In 2008, at the Conference of St Petersburg University staff, Professor Kropachev was elected Rector of St Petersburg University. He has been twice appointed St Petersburg University Rector by the President of Russia: in 2009 and, for another term, in 2014.

Professional associations and councils  

Since 1996 – Vice President of the Interregional Association of Law Schools of Russia, Presidium Member of the Association of Lawyers of Russia. Since 2002 – Chairman of the Association of Lawyers of St Petersburg and Leningrad Region (a branch of the Association of Lawyers of Russia).

From 2004 to 2008 – Presidium Member of the Council of Judges of the Russian Federation. From 2007 to 2010 – Chairman of the Public Council under the Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation.

Since 2008 – Presidium Member of the Presidential Council for Science, Technology and Education. Since 2010 – Chairman of the Public Council under the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation; Chairman of the Association of Leading Russian Universities. Since 2011 – Chairman of the Council of the Rectors of the Universities of the Northwestern Federal District.

Since 2010 – Deputy Chairman of the Russian Coordinating Committee of St Petersburg Dialogue Forum; Chairman of the Russian Coordinating Committee of Russia-Korea Dialogue Forum.

Since 2011 – Chairman of the Public Council under the Main Directorate of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs for St Petersburg and Leningrad Region. Since 2013 – Member of the Presidential Commission for Civil Service and Management Personnel Pool.

Since 2014 – Member of the Board of Trustees of the Alexander Suvorov State Memorial Museum; Member of the Presidential Council for Grants to support young Russian scholars and leading scientific schools of the Russian Federation.

Since 2019 – Member of the Inter-MinisterialCouncilforthe Russian Federation Government Prize in Education.

Initiatives

  • The first Russian legal clinic –  free legal advice to the disadvantaged (1998)
  • The first Russian robotic library to archive and store big data within the memorandum of collaboration with Panasonic, one of the University’s partners (2015)

Awards and Honorary Titles

Anatoly Koni Medal (Order of the Russian Minister of Justice No.257-k, 1999)

Honorary Certificate from the Russian Ministry of Education (1999)

Presidential Prize in Education (2001)

Order of Honour (Presidential Order No.147 as of February 6, 2004)

Award pin ‘Honorary Worker of Russian Justice’ (Order of the Russian Ministry of Justice No. 263-k, 2004)

Russian Government Prize in Education (2007)

Order of Merit for the Fatherland, Fourth Degree (Presidential Order No.131 as of February 8, 2009)

Award pin ‘Lawyer of the Year’ (Order of the Association of Lawyers of Russia No.271 as of November 26, 2010)

Award-Winner Certificate of the highest legal award ‘Lawyer of the Year’, Legal Science and Education category (2010).

Anatoly Koni Medal (Order of the Russian Minister of Justice, 2010)

Honorary Certificate from the Russian Ministry of Education (2010)

Order of Merit for the Fatherland, Third Degree (Presidential Order No.402 as of June 4, 2014)

Mikhail Speransky Russian Law Award (2015)

The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star (2016)

Honorary Citizen of Seoul (2018)

Professor Emeritus at South-West University “Neofit Rilski”

Professor Emeritus at Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration, Vietnam

Medal for Assistance from Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation

V.V. Novozhilov Prize for Social Sciences award (2019) 

The badge "Honorary Worker of the Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation» (после Russian Government Prize in Education (2007))

The Order of Alexander Nevsky (the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No 240 dated 29 May 2019)

The Award of St Petersburg Government and St Petersburg Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences for Outstanding Achievements in Science and Technology

Research expertise

  • education law
  • theory of law and state
  • criminology
  • criminal law

The author of over 80 scholarly works, teaching and learning guides, including a number of monographs and textbooks.

Publications

  • "The problem of social communication illustrated by the typical mistakes in legal documents when written in the state language of the Russian Federation" – Article, co-author. Bulletin of St Petersburg University. Language and Literature, № 2, 2019
  • Introduction to Russian Law. Collection of papers. Institute of Comparative Law. Belgrade. 2019
  • Comprehensive Examination for Foreign Citizens: Russian vs. Russian as a Foreign Language. Russian Language Abroad, 2018 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • "The official language of the Russian Federation: Legal standards and language standards", co-author, 2019
  • Requirements for Spoken Russian as National Language of the Russian Federation. Gosudarstvenny Yazik Rossii: Normi Prava i Normi Yazika, 2018 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • What Should the Dictionary of Official Language Look Like? Gosudarstvenny Yazik Rossii: Normi Prava i Normi Yazika, 2018 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Conceptual Development and Regulatory Support of National Language Policy of the Russian Federation. Gosudarstvenny Yazik Rossii: Normi Prava i Normi Yazika, 2018 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • What Has to be Done to Make the Russian Language National? Gosudarstvenny Yazik Rossii: Normi Prava i Normi Yazika, 2018 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Judicial Control of Proper Use of Contemporary Standard Russian Language. Gosudarstvenny Yazik Rossii: Normi Prava i Normi Yazika, 2018 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Monitoring of Law Enforcement at SPbU. Zakon, 3, 2018 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Lifelong Learning as Part of Social Responsibility of Modern Classical University. Universities in Euroasian Educational Environment. Euroasian Universities in the 21 Century Series, 2017 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Judicial Control of Proper Use of Contemporary Standard Russian Language. Zakon, 3, 2017 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Conceptual Development and Regulatory Support of National Language Policy of the Russian Federation. Vestnik of Saint-Petersburg University. Law, 1, 2017 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Requirements for Spoken Russian as National Language of the Russian Federation. Vestnik of Saint-Petersburg University. Language and Literature, 4, 2017 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Criminology, 2016 – (a teaching and learning guide, co-author)
  • Mikhail V. Kovalchuk: In Honor of the 70th Birthday. Physics-Uspekhi, 2016 – (co-author)
  • What Has to be Done to Make the Russian Language National? Zakon, 10, 2016 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Interview with Prof. Nikolay Kropachev, PhD in Law, Rector of St. Petersburg University, Chairman of the Association of Lawyers of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region (a branch of the Association of Lawyers of Russia). Yuridicheskiy Mir, 5, 2016
  • Russian Law in Brief: Digest for Foreign Investors, Beijing, 2015 – (co-author)
  • Going for the Nobel Prize: St. Petersburg University Launches Unique Genome Russia Project. Yurist Vuza, 4, 2015 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Russian Language: Challenges and Trends. Russkiy Mir.ru, 11, 2015 – (a journal article, author)
  • Russian Law in Brief: Digest for Foreign Investors, 2014 – (co-author)
  • Criminal Law of Russia: Special Part, 2014 – (a textbook, co-author)
  • Legal Education in Russia is Neither Well-Rounded, nor Unified, nor Consistent. Zakon, 1, 2014 – (a journal article, author)
  • The Name of the Game — Transparency in Decision-Making. Rodina, 3, 2014 – (a journal article, author)
  • In Support of the Russian Language: From Language Clinics to Economic Incentives. Universitetskaya Kniga, 10, 2014 – (minutes of the round table, co-author)
  • Russian Law in Brief, 2013 – (co-author)
  • Criminology, 2013 – (a teaching and learning guide, co-author)
  • Criminal Law of Russia: General Part, 2013 – (a textbook, co-author)
  • A Word to the Reader. Klio, 10 (82), 2013 – (a journal article, author)
  • Our Top Priority: Engagement of Academic Staff and Students in Learning and Research. Peterburgsky Urist, 1, 2013 – (a journal article, author)
  • Russian Law in Brief, 2012 – (co-author)
  • Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation as a Democratic Institution.  Constitutional Control: Theory and Practice, Proceedings of the International Conference in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, 2012 – (a journal article, author)
  • Russian Law in Brief: Digest for Foreign Investors, 2011 – (co-author)
  • Legal Regulation of Entrepreneurship in the Republic of Korea: Comparative Legal Analysis. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii. Pravovedenie, 5 (298), 2011 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Truth be Told, I am a Workaholic. Rossijskoe Pravo. Obrazovanie, Praktika, Nauka, 1 (72), 2011 – (a journal article, author)
  • Criminal Law of Russia: Special Part, 2010 – (a textbook, co-author)
  • On the Concept of International Terrorism. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii. Pravovedenie, 1 (288), 2010 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Law Schools Need Public Accreditation. Sudia, 1, 2010 – (a journal article, author)
  • Penal Law. Subject Syllabus for Main Field of Study 030500 – Law, 2009 – (subject syllabus, co-author)
  • Russian Economy Has to Be Advanced. Etnosotsium i Mezhnatsionalnaya Kultura, 7 (23), 2009 – (a journal article, author)
  • First Results of Admissions 2009. Yurist Vuza, 11, 2009 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Criminal Law of Russia. Subject Syllabus for Main Field of Study 030500 – Law, 2007 – (subject syllabus, co-author)
  • Criminal Law of Russia: General Part. St. Petersburg University, Faculty of Law, 2006 – (a textbook, co-author)
  • Criminal Law of Russia: General Part, 2006 – (a textbook, co-author)
  • Future of Pseudo-Intellectual Property. St. Petersburg University, 14–15, 2006 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Life and Writings of Prof. Mikhail D. Shargorodsky. Criminal Law of Russia: Past, Present, and Future, Proceedings of the Research Conference in Commemoration of Prof. Mikhail D. Shargorodsky, 2005 – (a journal article, author)
  • Educational Internet Platforms: From Resources to Teaching Methodology. Open Education, 1, 2005 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Criminology. St. Petersburg University, 2004 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • System of Higher Legal Education in Russia: State-of-the-Art and Development Prospects. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 5 (256), 2004 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Interview with Prof. Nikolay Kropachev, PhD in Law, Dean of the Faculty of Law, St. Petersburg University. Zakonodatelstvo, 8, 2004
  • Criminology. St. Petersburg University, 2003 – (a text book for university students, co-author)
  • Criminology, 2003 – (an exam preparation guide, co-author)
  • Legal Education in Russia: Choosing a Pathway. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 2 (247), 2003 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Peace, Security, and International Law: A Glimpse into the Future. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 5 (250), 2003 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Introduction from Chair Prof. Nikolay Kropachev, PhD in Law, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Chairman of the Charter Court of St. Petersburg, Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 5 (250), 2003
  • Pass Kozak’s Draft. Russian Federation Today, 3, 2003 – (a journal article, author)
  • Legal Studies. Subject Syllabus for the Faculty of Sociology, 2002 – (subject syllabus, co-author)
  • Criminal Law. General Part: Teaching Aid, 2002 – (a teaching aid, co-author)
  • Charter Court of St. Petersburg. Urist i Bukhgalter, 4, 2002 – (a journal article, author)
  • Regulatory Mechanism of Criminal Law, 2000 – (a post-doctoral thesis in law)
  • Regulatory Mechanism of Criminal Law, 2000 – (a synopsis of the post-doctoral thesis in law)
  • Regulatory Mechanism of Criminal Law: Criminal Liability, 2000 – (a teaching and learning guide, co-author)
  • Criminal Law Regulation: Mechanism and System, 1999 – (an author)
  • On the Concept of Perpetrator in the Criminal Law of Russia and Netherlands. Legal Reforms in Russia and Beyond, Inter-University Collection of Papers, 1997 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Criminal Defense of Non-Proprietor’s Property Rights. Vestnik of Saint-Petersburg University, Series 6, 3, 1997 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Criminology. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 1 (212), 1996 – (a course of lectures, co-author)
  • Crimes and Punishments. Novyye Sankt-Peterburgskiye Vrachebnyye Vedomosti, 1996 – (a journal article, author)
  • Decent Life for Decent People. St. Petersburg University, 17, 1996 – (a journal article, author)
  • Criminal Law of Russia: Special Part. St. Petersburg University, 1995 – (a textbook, co-author)
  • Modern Criminal Law: Issues of Crime and Punishment. St. Petersburg University, 1992 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Criminology: General Part, 1992 – (a textbook, co-author)
  • The Concept of Criminal Personality. Criminology: General Part, 1992 – (a textbook, author)
  • Commentary to New Criminal Legislation: Amendments from 1988 to 1991, 1991 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • General Principles of Imposing Liability for Crimes. Issues in Criminal Policy, Inter-University Collection of Papers, 1991 – (a journal article, author)
  • The Principle of Justice in Imposing Liability for Crimes. Issues in the Improvement of Legislation on Crime Prevention, 1991 – (a journal article, author)
  • The Principle‘Everything Which is not Forbidden is Allowed’in Criminal Law Regulation. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 3, 1991 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • The Concept of Criminal Law Sanction. Vestnik of Leningrad University, Series 6, 2, 1991 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Principles of Imposing Liability for Crimes. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 6, 1990 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Criminal Record and its Effect in Criminal Law. Vestnik of Leningrad University, Series 6, 2, 1990 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Regulatory Mechanism of Criminal Law: Standards, Legal Relation, Liability, 1989 – (a co-author)
  • Soviet Corrective Labor Law. Leningrad State University, 1989 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Criminal Liability and Sanctions in Criminal Law Standards. Guarantee of Human Rights and Enforcement of Criminal and Criminal Procedure Legislation, Collection of Papers, 1989 – (a collection of papers, co-author)
  • On the Foundations of Criminal Legislation of the USSR and its Republics. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 2, 1988 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Social Deviations: Introduction to the General Theory. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 3, 1988 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Criminal Liability and Punishment. Vestnik of Leningrad University, Series 6, 1, 1987 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Legal Nature of Exemption from Criminal Liability. Issues in Criminal Liability and Punishment, 1986 – (a collection of papers, co-author)
  • On the Concept of Legal Relations. Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, 3, 1986 – (a journal article, co-author)
  • Legal Relations in Criminal Law, 1984 – (a doctoral thesis in law)
  • Legal Relations in Criminal Law, 1984 – (a synopsis of the doctoral thesis in law)
  • Legal Behavior in Criminal Law and Social Relations. Vestnik of Leningrad University, 2, 1984 – (a journal article, author)
  • On the Methodology of Research in Legal Relations in Criminal Law. Vestnik of Leningrad University, 4, 1983 – (a journal article, author)

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