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Natalya Stepanova-Sipper

Adjunct Professor of Law
sipper@consolidated.net

Since 2001, Natalya Stepanova-Sipper has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. She created materials and taught these courses: "Introduction to the Legal Theory of the Commonwealth of Independent States," (major topics: civil, commercial, constitutional and human rights laws), "Introduction to Russian, Ukrainian and Uzbek Legal Systems" and "Introduction to Russian and Uzbek Legal Systems". She is an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Russian and East European Studies (REES) at the University of Pittsburgh. She provided evaluation and review of papers for "The Carl Beck Papers" at REES. In 2001, she was appointed as a Center Associate in the University of Pittsburgh Center for International Studies.

She advises international organizations, companies and financial institutions who invest or do business in Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Her experience extends to banking, securities, project finance, the creation and operation of companies of all types, privatization, commercial agreements, licensing, family, customs and labor laws. For more than two decades, she has advised on and given formal legal opinions with respect to aspects of Uzbek, Kazakh,  Russian and Ukrainian laws before Uzbek and American courts, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), tribunals and international arbitrations. She has prepared expert opinions and reports for the Curator's Office of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, international organizations, companies and private persons. Since 1999, she has owned the "Central Asian Consulting" company, and had served as an independent legal consultant to companies such as: Westinghouse Electric Company LLC (Kazakh project) Coca-Cola Bottlers Uzbekistan; Reed Smith LLP; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Jones Day and other businesses and private persons. She provides expert witness testimony for political asylum petitions, as well as consulting services, legal assistance and expert reports to courts, tribunals, and clients in the CIS, in the United States and other countries. She has been licensed by the Ministry of Justice of Uzbekistan to serve as a Leading Legal Advisor to state agencies and legal entities in Uzbekistan (1996). In 2012, the Fahamu Refugee Programme (FRP), which in 2014 became the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), selected her to serve as a Country of Origin Expert on Uzbekistan. Since then, she has provided free legal aid to refugees from Uzbekistan.

Education
Degree: 
LLM University of Pittsburgh
Degree: 
Degree in Law, Tashkent State Law Institute

Introduction to the Legal Theory of the Commonwealth of Independent States (University of Pittsburgh CC Press, 2001)

Introduction to Russian, Ukrainian and Uzbek Legal Systems (University of Pittsburgh CC Press, 2003)
Introduction to Russian and Uzbek Legal Systems (University of Pittsburgh CC Press, 2005; 2d ed., 2007; 3d ed., 2009; 4d ed., 2011; 5th ed., 2013; 6th ed. 2015, ISBN 9781010610007)