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Reforming the Russian Legal System

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Gordon B. SmithUniversity of South Carolina

ISBN13: 9780521456692
ISBN: 052145669X
Published: December 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £27.99



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Reforming the Russian Legal System is a comprehensive analysis of the forces that are shaping legal reform in the republics of the former USSR. Looking beneath the flow of day-to-day developments, the book examines how traditional indigenous Russian legal values, and the 74-year experience with communism and 'socialist legality' are being combined with Western concepts of justice and due process to forge a new legal consciousness in Russia today. The author provides a broad historical survey of pre-revolutionary and Soviet-era legal developments, which provides a backdrop to the reforms initiated by Gorbachev. Chapters analysing constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, the Procuracy, and the laws governing the transition to a market economy illustrate the recurring themes of the book: the interaction of crosscurrents in Russian legal culture, and variations in the pace of legal reform from republic to republic and region to region.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Russian Federation
Contents:
1. Pre-revolutionary Russian law; 2. The Bolshevik experience; 3. The history of legal reform; 4. Forging a new constitution; 5. Citizens and the state: the debate over the Procuracy; 6. In search of a just system: the courts and judicial reform; 7. Law and the transition to a market economy; 8. Legal reform in the republics; 9. Legal reform and the transition to democracy in Russia; Appendix.