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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Nikolai Kovalev

Associate Professor, Criminology

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5775
Fax: 519.759.2127
Office Location: GRH 131
Office Hours: on sabbatical July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Academic Background

LL.B. at West Kazakhstan State University (Kazakhstan), 2001.

LL.M. at Indiana University at Bloomington, 2003.

Ph.D. at Queen’s University Belfast, 2007.

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2009.

Additional Information

On sabbatical July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015


Dr. Kovalev's research is focused on comparative criminal justice, criminal law, criminal procedure and human rights. He is particularly interested in the evolution of jury trials and reforms in the criminal justice systems of post-Communist transitional countries. Other research projects include study of jury bias in neo-Nazi skinhead trials and lay adjudication in military justice. His current research project concerns practice of manipulation of juries in Canada and other countries.

Other experience:

Dr. Kovalev has served as an expert on comparative criminal justice, law reform and international human rights for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), American Bar Association/ Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/ROLI) and U.S. Department of Justice. He completed assessments of several draft laws on jury and lay assessors for Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz Republic, and draft Criminal Procedure Code of Tajikistan. Dr. Kovalev is a frequent speaker at conferences, round-tables, seminars and workshops on issues of human rights and criminal justice reforms in post-Communist states. 

Selected publications:

In English

Kovalev, N. (2014)."Selection of Jurors and Lay Assessors in Comparative Perspective: Eurasian Context" Russian Law Journal, 2, pp. 9-62.

Kovalev, N. and Smirnov, A. (2014). "The Nature of the Russian Trial by Jury: Jurata Patriae or Raison d'Etat" European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, 22, pp. 115-133.

Light, M. and Kovalev, N. (2013). "Russia, the Death Penalty, and Europe: the Ambiguities of Influence" Post-Soviet Affairs, 29, pp. 528-566.

Kovalev, N. (2011). "Jury Trials for Violent Hate Crimes in Russia: Is Russian Justice Only for Ethnic Russians?" Chicago-Kent Law Review, 86, pp. 669-736.

Kovalev, N. and Suleymenova, G. (2010). "New Kazakhstani Quasi-Jury System: Challenges, Trends and Reforms" International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 38, pp. 261-278.

Kovalev, N. (2010). Criminal Justice Reform in Russia, Ukraine and the Former Republics of the Soviet Union: Trial by Jury and Mixed Courts. Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Kovalev, N. (2008). "Trial by Jury in Russian Military Courts" The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, 8, available at

Jackson, J. and Kovalev, N. (2006). "Lay Adjudication and Human Rights in Europe" The Columbia Journal of European Law, 13, pp. 83-123.

Kovalev, N. (2004). "Lay Adjudication of Crimes in the Commonwealth of Independent States: An Independent and Impartial Jury or a Court of 'Nodders'?" Journal of East European Law, 11, pp. 123-158.

In Russian

Kovalev, N. (2008). "Arrest po orderu suda: mezhdunarodnyi opyt i perspektivy dlia Kazakhstana" (Judicial arrest warrant: international experience and prospects for Kazakhstan) Jurist, 3(81), pp. 89-91.

Kovalev, N. (2006). "Narodnoe uchastie v otpravlenii pravosudiia v stranakh SNG: sud prisiazhnykh ili sheffenov?" (Lay adjudication in the administration of justice in CIS Countries: trial by jury or schoffen?) Sravnitel'noe Konstitutsionnoe Obozrenie, 2(55), pp. 3-20.

Kovalev, N. (2005). "Sud na sudom prisiazhnykh" (The jury on trial) Pravovaia Reforma v Kazakhstane, 1(27), pp. 3-8.