Dr. Nikolai Kovalev
Assistant Professor, Criminology
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5775
Office Location: GRH 131
Office Hours: By appointment only
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.
LY 201 - Canadian Legal System I (Fall 2013)
LY301 – Evidence and Procedure (Winter 2013)
CC301 - Law, Morality and Punishment (Fall 2013)
CC607 - The Charter and Criminal Justice (Winter 2013)
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.
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.
Light, M. and Kovalev, N. (forthcoming). "Russia, the Death Penalty, and Europe: the Ambiguities of Influence" Post-Soviet Affairs.
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. http://www.mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=8212&pc=9
Kovalev, N. (2008). "Trial by Jury in Russian Military Courts" The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, 8, available at http://www.pipss.org/document1533.html.
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.
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.