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24.06.1949
+372 58141025
william.simons@ut.ee

Teenistuskäik

Töökohad ja ametid
01.01.2011–...   
Timmermans and Simons International Business Lawyers (advokaadibüroo), partner
01.04.2012–31.12.2015   
Tartu Ülikool, Õigusteaduskond, Avaliku õiguse instituut, külalisprofessor (1,00)
01.01.2005–31.12.2009   
Trento ülikool, õigusteaduskond, külalisprofessor
01.01.2005–31.12.2007   
Novikov & Advisers (advokaadibüroo), välisnõunik
01.01.2002–31.12.2004   
Leideni ülikool, õigusteaduskond, Leyden/Amsterdam/Columbia Ameerika õiguse suveülikooli juhtaja
01.01.1998–31.12.2012   
Leideni ülikool, õigusteaduskond, Ida-Euroopa õiguse ja Vene õpingute instituut, Ida-Euroopa õiguse professor
01.01.1998–31.12.2012   
Leideni ülikool, õigusteaduskond, Ida-Euroopa õiguse ja Vene õpingute instituut, instituudi direktor
01.01.1998–31.12.2004   
Leideni ülikool, õigusteaduskond, rahvusvahelise äriõiguse magistriprogrammi direktor
01.01.1992–31.12.1997   
Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz (advokaadibüroo), välisnõunik
01.01.1990–31.12.1992   
Cole, Corette & Abrutyn (advokaadibüroo), välisnõunik
01.01.1990–31.12.1998   
Leideni ülikool, õigusteaduskond, Ida-Euroopa õiguse ja Vene õpingute instituut, lektor
01.01.1986–31.12.1990   
Fike Corporation, juriidiline nõustaja
01.01.1976–31.12.1986   
Leideni ülikool, õigusteaduskond, Ida-Euroopa õiguse ja Vene õpingute instituut, lektor
 
 
Haridustee
1993–1997   
Leideni ülikool, õigusteaduskond, PhD
1972–1974   
Norwichi ülikooli Vene õpingute kool, M.A. (Vene keel ja kirjandus), cum laude
1971–1974   
Wisconsin-Madisoni ülikool, õigusteaduskond, J.D.
1967–1971   
Carletoni kolledž, B.A. (Vene ja Nõukogude Liidu õpingud), cum laude
 
 
Teadusorganisatsiooniline ja -administratiivne tegevus
1976−2016   
perioodiline õigusteaduslik väljaanne "Review of Central and East European Law" (kaastoimetaja: 1991-1997; toimetaja 1998-) ja monograafiate seeria "Law in Eastern Europe" (toimetaja 1998-), Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
 
 
Teenistuskäigu lisainfo
Ida-Euroopas ja endistes NSVL riikides töötamise kogemus (valikuline):

Russia 2011 - EC Project (Improvement of the Execution and Effectiveness of Justice): Expert report on Amendments to the 2007 RF Law on Enforcement Proceedings (No.229-FZ)

Russia 2010 - EC Project (Improvement of the Execution and Effectiveness of Justice): Lecture to an All-Russian training seminar for enforcement officers (court bailiffs), Russian Legal Academy (RF Ministry of Justice): “Identifying the hidden/undeclared assets of debtors”

Russia 2000s - Legal opinions and expert testimony.

Russia 1993-2005 - Designing, securing funding for and implementing the first, cooperative legal reform program in civil law between the Russian Federation and The Netherlands (with predecessor, Prof. F.J.M. Feldbrugge).

Russia 1994-1997 - Designing, securing funding for and implementing the first scholarship program for Russian and CIS undergraduate and graduate law students (with predecessor, Prof. F.J.M. Feldbrugge).

Russia 1994-1997 - Director, first EU-TEMPUS curriculum development and faculty and student mobility project among the Law Faculties of Moscow State University (MGU), Leiden, Nijmegen and Leuven Universities.

Kazakhstan 1994-1997 - Senior member of a multi-disciplinary team advising the Kazak Government in the privatization of state-owned enterprises.

Kazakhstan 1994 - Special counsel to the Kazak Government in the country’s first case-by- case privatization.

Kazakhstan 1992-1996 - Special advisor to the Kazak Government on privatization law and policy and law reform.

Russia 1992 - Special advisor to the Russian State Property Committee (Goskomimushchestvo) on privatization law and policy.;

Kvalifikatsioon

 
 
Teadustöö põhisuunad
VALDKOND: 2. Ühiskonnateadused ja kultuur; 2.7. Õigusteadus; CERCS ERIALA: S140 Avalik õigus; PÕHISUUND: Vene, Ida-Euroopa ja võrdlev õigusteadus
 
 
Lisainfo
Over a span of more than three decades, Dr. Simons has been active in the area of Russian, East
European and comparative law. His involvement in the academic world includes teaching (in
English as well as in Dutch and Russian) and supervising the work of doctoral candidates and
undergraduate students as well as guiding scholars who submit their work to the Institute’s
publications (see below). Some of his current research interests are at the borders of public and
private law and involve fundamental legal concepts – in a comparative perspective; these include
public policy, reasonableness and fairness as tools to strengthen the ‘social character’ of Russian
law and society, the harmonization of law versus regulatory competition in the CIS region, issues
of access to justice in the state and private sectors (courts of law and alternative dispute resolution
tribunals) and curriculum development.

Dr. Simons’ practical legal experience has been in the US as well as in the European Union (EU) and
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He has been an attorney in a US manufacturing firm.
In the European Legal Space, he has founded and managed law offices in the CIS where he also has
assisted public- and private-sector clients in their international transactions. Dr. Simons also has
been a senior member of multi-disciplinary teams advising governmental entities and private-sector
players on privatization transactions in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Legal proceedings in state courts and alternative dispute resolution tribunals are areas in which he
has experience; he also has been an arbitrator in Russia and the EU.

Since the early 1990s – together with his predecessor in the Leiden chair of East European Law, Dr.
Ferdinand Feldbrugge – Dr. Simons has helped to design, secure funding for and participate in the
implementation of a multi-year, law-reform effort involving lawyers and policy makers from Russia
and other jurisdictions. This has been centered on the new Russian and Kazakh Civil Codes and,
also, on CIS Model Legislation in the private-law field. As an outgrowth of this work, Simons and his
predecessor also established the first scholarship program of its kind for young lawyers from Russia
and the CIS to further their studies in The Netherlands and Belgium. For several years, Simons also
was Director of and taught in the Leiden Law Faculty’s International Business Law LLM Program;
he also was the Executive Director (Leiden) of the Leyden/Amsterdam/Columbia Summer Program
in American Law.
5.04.2018
24.06.1949
+372 58141025
william.simons@ut.ee

Career

Institution and occupation
01.01.2011–...   
Timmermans and Simons International Business Lawyers (Attorneys-at-Law), Partner
01.04.2012–31.12.2015   
University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, Institute of Public Law, Visiting Professor (1,00)
01.01.2005–31.12.2009   
University of Trento Faculty of Law, Visiting Professor of Law
01.01.2005–31.12.2007   
Novikov & Advisers (Attorneys-at-Law)
01.01.2002–31.12.2004   
University of Leiden Faculty of Law, Executive Director (Leiden) of the Leyden/Amsterdam/Columbia Summer Program in American Law
01.01.1998–31.12.2012   
University of Leiden Faculty of Law, Institute of East European Law and Russian Studies, Professor of East European Law
01.01.1998–31.12.2012   
University of Leiden Faculty of Law, Institute of East European Law and Russian Studies, Institute Director
01.01.1998–31.12.2004   
University of Leiden Faculty of Law, Director of the International Business Law LLM Programm
01.01.1992–31.12.1997   
Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz (Attorneys-at-Law), Of Counsel
01.01.1990–31.12.1992   
Cole, Corette & Abrutyn (Attorneys-at-Law), Of Counsel
01.01.1990–31.12.1998   
University of Leiden Faculty of Law, Institute of East European Law and Russian Studies, University lecturer
01.01.1986–31.12.1990   
Fike Corporation, Legal Counsel
01.01.1976–31.12.1986   
University of Leiden Faculty of Law, Institute of East European Law and Russian Studies, University lecturer
 
 
Education
1993–1997   
Leiden University Faculty of Law, Doctorate in Law
1972–1974   
Russian School of Norwich University, M.A. (Russian Language and Literature), cum laude
1971–1974   
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, J.D.
1967–1971   
Carleton College, B.A. (Russian and Soviet Area Studies), cum laude
 
 
R&D related managerial and administrative work
1976−2016   
quarterly law journal Review of Central and East European Law (Associate Editor: 1991–1997; Editor: 1998–) and the monograph series Law in Eastern Europe (Editor: 1998–) both published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
 
 
Additional career information
Eastern European and FSU country experience (selected):

Russia 2011 - EC Project (Improvement of the Execution and Effectiveness of Justice): Expert report on Amendments to the 2007 RF Law on Enforcement Proceedings (No.229-FZ)

Russia 2010 - EC Project (Improvement of the Execution and Effectiveness of Justice): Lecture to an All-Russian training seminar for enforcement officers (court bailiffs), Russian Legal Academy (RF Ministry of Justice): “Identifying the hidden/undeclared assets of debtors”

Russia 2000s - Legal opinions and expert testimony.

Russia 1993-2005 - Designing, securing funding for and implementing the first, cooperative legal reform program in civil law between the Russian Federation and The Netherlands (with predecessor, Prof. F.J.M. Feldbrugge).

Russia 1994-1997 - Designing, securing funding for and implementing the first scholarship program for Russian and CIS undergraduate and graduate law students (with predecessor, Prof. F.J.M. Feldbrugge).

Russia 1994-1997 - Director, first EU-TEMPUS curriculum development and faculty and student mobility project among the Law Faculties of Moscow State University (MGU), Leiden, Nijmegen and Leuven Universities.

Kazakhstan 1994-1997 - Senior member of a multi-disciplinary team advising the Kazak Government in the privatization of state-owned enterprises.

Kazakhstan 1994 - Special counsel to the Kazak Government in the country’s first case-by- case privatization.

Kazakhstan 1992-1996 - Special advisor to the Kazak Government on privatization law and policy and law reform.

Russia 1992 - Special advisor to the Russian State Property Committee (Goskomimushchestvo) on privatization law and policy.;

Qualifications

 
 
Field of research
FIELD OF RESEARCH: 2. Culture and Society; 2.7. Law; CERCS SPECIALTY: S140 Public law ; SPECIALITY: Russian, East-European and comparative law
 
 
Additional information
Over a span of more than three decades, Dr. Simons has been active in the area of Russian, East
European and comparative law. His involvement in the academic world includes teaching (in
English as well as in Dutch and Russian) and supervising the work of doctoral candidates and
undergraduate students as well as guiding scholars who submit their work to the Institute’s
publications (see below). Some of his current research interests are at the borders of public and
private law and involve fundamental legal concepts – in a comparative perspective; these include
public policy, reasonableness and fairness as tools to strengthen the ‘social character’ of Russian
law and society, the harmonization of law versus regulatory competition in the CIS region, issues
of access to justice in the state and private sectors (courts of law and alternative dispute resolution
tribunals) and curriculum development.

Dr. Simons’ practical legal experience has been in the US as well as in the European Union (EU) and
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He has been an attorney in a US manufacturing firm.
In the European Legal Space, he has founded and managed law offices in the CIS where he also has
assisted public- and private-sector clients in their international transactions. Dr. Simons also has
been a senior member of multi-disciplinary teams advising governmental entities and private-sector
players on privatization transactions in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Legal proceedings in state courts and alternative dispute resolution tribunals are areas in which he
has experience; he also has been an arbitrator in Russia and the EU.

Since the early 1990s – together with his predecessor in the Leiden chair of East European Law, Dr.
Ferdinand Feldbrugge – Dr. Simons has helped to design, secure funding for and participate in the
implementation of a multi-year, law-reform effort involving lawyers and policy makers from Russia
and other jurisdictions. This has been centered on the new Russian and Kazakh Civil Codes and,
also, on CIS Model Legislation in the private-law field. As an outgrowth of this work, Simons and his
predecessor also established the first scholarship program of its kind for young lawyers from Russia
and the CIS to further their studies in The Netherlands and Belgium. For several years, Simons also
was Director of and taught in the Leiden Law Faculty’s International Business Law LLM Program;
he also was the Executive Director (Leiden) of the Leyden/Amsterdam/Columbia Summer Program
in American Law.
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