Prof. William Simons


William Simons, PhD, is Visiting Professor at the Institute of Constitutional and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Tartu. Before he was Professor of East European Law at Leiden University, Netherlands. He received his undergraduate, graduate and law degrees at educational institutions in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont and the Netherlands.

Prof. Simons has published extensively in the area of Russian, East European and comparative law. His research interests 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, and issues of access to justice in the state and private sectors. For over 15 years, Prof Simons has served as the Editor of the quarterly law journal Review of Central and East European Law and the monograph series Law in Eastern Europe. He has also worked ‘in the field’ as a practicing attorney inter alia in Kazakhstan and Russia. He has been part of the Dutch ‘export’ of its Civil Code as well as its ‘import’ of the brightest-and-best from among CIS law students.

Contact: wbsimons[at]