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Reforming the Russian Legal System

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  • Date Published: December 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521450522

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  • Reforming the Russian Legal System is a comprehensive analysis of the forces that are shaping legal reform in 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. This book is addressed to students, lawyers, and business people interested in the former USSR, as well as scholars of Russian politics and law.

    • The first book to look at legal reform in the Republics of the former USSR
    • A vital subject in the creation of a viable democracy in the region, which depends on respect for the Rule of Law
    • Based on extensive research and personal experiences of the author, a leading scholar, who has acted as adviser to the Russian government on their legal system
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This work should be essential reading for anyone trying to deal with Russia's legal system." Peter B. Maggs, Law & History Review

    "Readers seeking an overview of the Russian leagal system will find much of interest in this book. Gordon B. Smith weaves together various literatures to create a succinct and compelling description of law and leagal culture prior to the October Revolution and during the Soviet period." Kathryn Hendley, Historian

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521450522
    • length: 326 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.576kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of 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

  • Author

    Gordon B. Smith, University of South Carolina

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