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Valery Zorkin

Position:

Chairman of the Court

Office hours:

The Constitutional Court is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., except for Fridays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Description:

Zorkin was born Feb. 18, 1943 into a military officer’s family.

1964 – He graduated from the Moscow State University’s Law Department with a major in jurisprudence.

1964-1967 – Zorkin served as a senior instructor at the Moscow State University’s Law Department.

1967-1979 – He worked as an associate professor at the Moscow State University’s Law Department.

1967 – Zorkin defended his dissertation and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence.

1978 – He defended postdoctoral dissertation.

1979-1986 – Zorkin served as a professor at the Soviet Interior Ministry Academy’s Constitutional Law and Theory of State and Law Department.

Since 1986, he worked as a professor at the Soviet Interior Ministry Higher Distant Learning Law University’s State Law Disciplines Department.

1990-1991 – Zorkin worked as the head of an expert group at the Congress of People’s Deputies’ Constitutional Commission.

Oct. 29, 1991 – He was elected as a member of the Russian Constitutional Court by the Fifth Congress of Peoples Deputies, receiving 757 votes.

Nov. 1, 1991 – Zorkin was elected as the chairman of the Constitutional Court by secret ballot for an indefinite term at the first meeting of the court.

Oct. 6, 1993 – He resigned as the chairman of the Constitutional Court, remaining a court member.

Feb. 21, 2003 – Zorkin was elected as the chairman of the Constitutional Court, reelected in 2006 and 2009.

Zorkin is the author of several publications, including the books, “Law and Power,” and “Rule-of-Law State.”

Zorkin is a Distinguished Lawyer of Russia.