A Law review of the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences and The Vinogradoff Institute, Dickinson School of Law Pennsylvania Statue University.
Sudebnik is the medieval Russian term for a code of laws. The Russian legal system, like the Russian economy and society in general, has seen fundamental changes since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Everything, including the law, is being reduced to first principles and a new Russia is slowly emerging.
The new Russia has a sense of historical depth about it, building on its long and successful past. This journal provides an international forum for both Russian and western lawyers and academics to examine the development of Russian law and the other CIS legal systems.
This English-language journal includes articles, reviews and commentary along with translations of important legislation, bringing together Russian and Western writers on Russian and CIS legal matters.
W.E. Butler, July 2009
With the completion of Volume 12, Sudebnik ceases publication as the law review of the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences. During these years we have published well over 11,000 pages, all translated by the Editor, of articles, notes, reviews, and bibliography. The only comparable journal outside Russia was Ostrecht, which appeared in Germany during the interwar period of the 1920-30s, but it was not a joint Russian-western venture, as this journal has been.
Generations move on, however. Of the original Faculty of Law at the Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences, only one remains. Their very capable successors are not by inclination, training, or disposition in a position to continue this publication.