Elena Knyazeva is from the Russian Federation (Siberian Federal District, Krasnoyarsk). She obtained her LLB and LLM Degrees from Krasnoyarsk State Agrarian University. Elena also completed her Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies Degree at Bodø University College, Norway. She was a researcher in the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law of the Arctic Centre (University of Lapland, Finland) in 2007/08.
The working title of her PhD thesis is “The Protection of Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples within the Russian Federation under International Human Rights Law”. Elena is pursuing her doctoral study on a full-time basis and is working under the supervision of Professor Siobhán Mullally.
She holds a Faculty of Law PhD Scholarship as well as the Global Supplementary Grant from the Open Society Institute. In 2010 she was awarded a Government of Ireland International Scholarship.