Sergey Lagodinsky

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Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky is head of the EU/North America Department of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. He is an attorney and author, also working as a consultant on strategy and leadership. His areas of expertise include transatlantic relations, global security and international law.

Lagodinsky holds a law degree from the University of Göttingen and a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University. He received a PhD in law from Berlin’s Humboldt University. His PhD research dealt with issues of human rights, anti-discrimination and freedom of speech. In 1998, he was awarded the German National Merit Foundation’s Theodor-Fontane Prize for social work and academic excellence. He has held fellowships at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, at the stiftung neue verantwortung in Berlin, and at Yale University. 

Lagodinsky is a regular contributor to major German and international media outlets, like the BBC World Service, Deutschlandradio, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Der Tagesspiegel, and the international Russian-speaking TV network RTVi. He is a member of the Assembly of Representatives of the Jewish Community in Berlin. His recent book, Kontexte des Antisemitismus [Contexts of Antisemitism] (Metropol Publishing, 2013), explores the relationship between freedom of speech and protection against anti-Semitism in German and international law.