Masha Antokolskaia graduated in law at Moscow State Law Academy and at University of Amsterdam and was awarded a PhD in 1988.
Form 1989 till 1998 she taught civil and family law at Moscow State Law Academy. In 1993-1995 she was member of the drafting team of the New Russian Family Code. From 1998 until 2005 she was KNAW-senior research fellow at the Molengraaff Institute of Private Law, University of Utrecht. Since 2005 she is professor of family law at the VU University Amsterdam. In 2009 she became head of the Department of Private Law. In 2011 she initiated the Amsterdam Centre for Family Law (ACFL).