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Ilya Nikiforov

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Ilya Nikiforov
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Born(1970-05-11)11 May 1970
Leningrad, USSR
💼 Occupation
Known forContemporary Russian laywer and international arbitrator
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Ilya Nikiforov (born 11 May 1970, Leningrad) is a Russian lawyer, founding member and Managing partner at EPAM Law Offices,[1] lecturer at the Department of Civil Law at Saint Petersburg State University School of Law.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Ilya Nikiforov has over 30 years of invaluable experience.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC): Arbitration Commission Member, Expert of Russian National Committee.[3]

International Bar Association (IBA): Arbitration Committee Vice-Chair (2008–2009), Secretary (2006–2008).[4]

The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA):[5] European Users' Council, Councillor (2013 - 2022).[6]

Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA): Former Member of Executive Committee [7]

International Arbitration Court at Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry: Recommended Arbitrator [8]

Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC): Member of Panel of Arbitrators [9]

Russian Arbitration Association (RAA): Member of Board [10]

Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC): included in the List of Practitioners [11]

KCAB International: Member of Panel of Arbitrators [12]

The Court of International Commercial Arbitration: included in the List of Arbitrators [13]

Dubai International Arbitration Center: Arbitration court member (since 2023) [14]

Listed arbitrator of a number of other international arbitration centers (including SIAC, HKIAC, ICDR (including Energy Arbitrators), LCIA etc.) Chair, Sole arbitrator or member of the tribunal in numerous international arbitration proceedings, ad hoc (including UNCITRAL) and under the rules of the SCC, ICC, SIAC and ICAC Moscow. 25+ awards issued.

He was also a member of the Commission for Human Rights of the Association of Lawyers of Russia and the editorial board of the journal "Treteyskiy Sud".[15]


It is surprising how the successful lawyers not only perform a brilliant practical work but also succeed in the scientific research. Ilya Nikiforov is an example of such a lawyer.

Contributed to production of Russian versions of IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration;[16] IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration;[17] Russia Arbitration Guide [18]

Examples of writings in English:

  • Chapter "International Commercial Arbitration Practice in the Russian Federation" in International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives, ed. Glenn Hendrix, 2020
  • Russian Law Deskbook (RLD). Russia Corporate, Financial, and Commercial Law, ed. Scott Alexander Shostak, 2018
  • "Panorama of World Case Law – Russia", in: The Paris Journal of International Arbitration, 2010-2018
  • "Russia", IBA Arbitration Guide, 2017
  • "Russia", in: Arbitration World, The European Lawyer Reference Series, ed. W. Rowley, 3rd ed., 2010
  • "Interpretation of Article V of the New York Convention by Russian Courts – Due Process, Arbitrability, and Public Policy Grounds for non-Enforcement", in: Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 25, No 6, December 2008

Prominent books (in Russian):

  • Contracts for construction under the FIDIC rules: practical use and interpretation, co- author with Lukas Klee, 2016
  • The UNCITRAL arbitration rules 2010 (with the new paragraph 4 of article 1 adopted in 2013): Workbook, 2015
  • Commentary to the Arbitration Rules of the Leading Arbitral Institutions / ed. R. Chlup (ed.), 2012)
  • Civil law: Textbook / ed. A. Sergeev. Moscow, 2018
  • International Commercial Arbitration: Textbook / O. Skvortsov, M. Savranskiy, G. Sevastianov (eds). St. Petersburg, Moscow, 2018

Honors and awards[edit]

Ilya Nikiforov holds a distinct place in the Best Lawyers rating.[19] It is said that a talented person is talented in everything, therefore it is not a wonder that he has been recommended for a record-breaking 16 practice areas. [20]

Regarded as Thought Leader - Arbitration 2020 (Who's Who Legal) [21]

Was awarded the Medal of Order for Merit to Fatherland, II Degree for long-term diligent work and efforts to strengthen the rule of law and protect the rights and interests of citizens by the President of Russian Federation [22]

Was awarded the Order of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers of the Russian Federation «For loyalty to attorney’s duty» [23]

In May 2022, Ilya Nikiforov was awarded the medal "Honorary Lawyer of Russia".


  1. "Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners".
  2. "Ilya Nikiforov - St.Petersburg State University".
  3. "ICC Experts". Archived from the original on 2012-08-11. Retrieved 2012-06-21. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "International Bar Association - Arbitration Committee".
  5. "The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)".
  6. "Officers of the LCIA Users' Councils".
  7. "About SAA – SAA".
  9. "Singapore International Arbitration Centre | SIAC Panel".
  10. "New RAA Bodies Elected". Российская Арбитражная ассоциация.
  11. "-VIAC Questionnaire for Arbitrators" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  12. [1][dead link]
  13. "LIST OF ARBITRATORS" (PDF). 5 December 2019. Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  14. "Ilya Nikiforov – Dubai International Arbitration Centre". Retrieved 2024-01-24.
  15. "Treteyskiy Sud Journal - Editorial Board".
  16. "IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration - in Russian".
  17. "IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration - in Russian".
  18. "IBA Country Arbitration Guides - Russia".
  19. "Best Lawyers® - Purely Peer Review™".
  20. "EPAM Law - Best Lawyers® 2021: Solid Leadership of EPAM - Rankings and Awards".
  21. "Ilya Nikiforov". whoswholegal.
  22. "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 12.10.2020 № 617 ∙ Официальное опубликование правовых актов ∙ Официальный интернет-портал правовой информации".
  23. "Егоров, Пугинский, Афанасьев и партнеры - Илья Никифоров награжден орденом "За верность адвокатскому долгу" - Рейтинги и награды".

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