Elena Sherstoboeva is a media & entertainment law researcher and legal practitioner. Her most recent research and expert projects focus on digital piracy as well as online content regulation and policies in the context of international legal standards.
She has a diverse experience in research, teaching and providing expert reviews in media & entertainment law for academia, industry and international organisations.
Before joining the School of Creative Media, she worked as a professor in the School of Media at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (2012-2019), one of the leading universities in Russia. In 2018, Elena was a visiting lecturer at the University of Copenhagen. She was also a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (2015-2016) and the University of Leeds (2013). Elena started her academic career in 2009 at Moscow State University’s School of Journalism as a researcher and then worked there as an associate professor (2011-2012).
Since 2011, Elena has collaborated as an independent legal expert with international human rights organisations, such as UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe, by providing comments and reports on Internet, media and broadcasting regulation as well as on transparency laws. She also cooperated as a legal expert with the BBC World Trust Service and the Russian Parliament’s Committee on Information Policy.
Elena was also the top counsel and CEO of her own legal agency specializing in media and entertainment law. She has a vast experience in negotiating and revising contracts with global entertainment companies as well as in helping creative individuals and enterprises launch their innovative media start-ups.
Elena earned two PhD degrees with distinction - in Journalism (Moscow State University, Russia) and Communication (Ramon Llull University, Spain). She also has two Master’s degrees – in Law and Journalism. She also studied copyright law (‘CopyrightX’) at Harvard Law School and attended several summer schools, including the leading one in her field at the University of Oxford.
- JX International law - Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom, Copyright Law and Policies, Privacy Protection, Intellectual Property Law, Media Law and Policies
- NX Arts in general - Artistic Freedom, Copyright Law and Policies, Entertainment Law, Contract Law, Digital Piracy
- M Music - Music Law, Live Events Management