Sergei Mozer, MGIMO University


In June 2022, a course of lectures on the discipline “International Legal Regulation of the Turnover of Goods and Services” was completed at the Department of “Trade and Trade Regulation” of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO). The discipline was read by Sergei Mozer, Deputy Head of the Department of Advanced Customs Technologies of the Department of Customs Legislation of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), Ph.D in law. By virtue of professional activities he interacts in practice with the World Customs Organization (WCO) and also explores the issues of modernizing the law of the Eurasian Economic Union based on the WCO legal instruments and tools.

During lectures and workshops the students from a leading Russian university got acquainted with the problems of international legal regulation of the circulation of goods and services, facilitation of trade procedures and improvement of customs regulation. A separate emphasis was placed on the study of the institutional aspects of the WCO functioning, as well as its legal instruments and tools. Among the topics discussed are the WCO: history of creation, general provisions, structure; areas of activity and strategic goals; development of relations between the EEC and the WCO at the present stage; rules and procedures, as well as the specifics of organizing meetings of WCO working bodies.

The students of the department got acquainted with the scientific and methodological approaches to the analysis of the WCO legal instruments and tools and their classification. Special attention was paid by Sergei Mozer to topical issues of modernization of the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (Kyoto Convention), as well as the methodological approaches of the international customs community to update the Convention and its conceptual apparatus.

As part of the training for students, separate hours were devoted to the WCO institute of electronic and digital Customs, as one of the tools for regulating and controlling the circulation of goods and services.

The lectures aroused interest among the audience, and further cooperation will be continued.  

Department of «Trade and Trade Regulation» of MGIMO was established in 2014 with the aim of systematizing teaching and research in the field of international trade and regulatory issues, and it is a graduate department in the field of trade.
The department gives such courses as «Commercial activity in the conditions of the WTO», «Regional agreements and their role in modern international economic relations», «International regulation of intellectual property», «Business negotiation practice», «Cross-border business purchase and sale transactions», «Customs regulation and customs affairs”. «Examination and evaluation of goods», «Franchising» and others. The disciplines of the department are read in the areas of preparation of bachelors, masters and MBAs. All courses are developed taking into account the latest trends in the field of higher education directly for specific programs and levels of trainees.