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A Sociology of Justice in Russia

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Marina Kurkchiyan, Agnieszka Kubal, Kathryn Hendley, Varvara Andrianova, Timur Bocharov, Kirill Titaev, Maria Popova, Peter H. Solomon, Jr, Lauren McCarthy, Jeffrey Kahn
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  • Date Published: June 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108196048

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  • Much of the media coverage and academic literature on Russia suggests that the justice system is unreliable, ineffective and corrupt. But what if we look beyond the stereotypes and preconceptions? This volume features contributions from a number of scholars who studied Russia empirically and in-depth, through extensive field research, observations in courts, and interviews with judges and other legal professionals as well as lay actors. A number of tensions in the everyday experiences of justice in Russia are identified and the concept of the 'administerial model of justice' is introduced to illuminate some of the less obvious layers of Russian legal tradition including: file-driven procedure, extreme legal formalism combined with informality of the pre-trial proceedings, followed by ritualistic format of the trial. The underlying argument is that Russian justice is a much more complex system than is commonly supposed, and that it both requires and deserves a more nuanced understanding.

    • All contributions are empirically informed and expressed in clear language with relevant examples
    • Includes comparisons between Russia and Western states in a non-normative and analytical manner
    • Introduces the concept of the 'administerial model of justice' which captures a number of core features of the Russian justice system
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A Sociology of Justice in Russia is the most analytically sophisticated and empirically rich volume ever produced on the everyday operation of the Russian legal system. While not ignoring the pathologies of Russian law that are widely covered in the Western press, this work highlights the ways in which ordinary Russian citizens seek - and often find - justice in their legal institutions. A Sociology of Justice in Russia is an essential read for all students of comparative law.' Eugene Huskey, William R. Kenan, Jr, Professor of Political Science, Stetson University, Florida

    'Based on solid empirical research, this valuable collection offers many insights into contemporary Russian legal culture and its continuing lack of institutional and professional autonomy. As case studies in different Russian courts suggest, it is what the editors call 'administerial justice' that is available for matters such as human trafficking, migration cases, defamation and criminal law. Despite the difficulties, Russian citizens increasingly seek to find ways to obtain justice through legal means.' David Nelken, King's College London

    'Rooted in an analysis which carefully considers a mixture of historical, social and political factors, this book provides a nuanced understanding of legal developments in post-Soviet Russia.' Paul Chaisty, University of Oxford

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    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108196048
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to the sociology of justice in Russia Marina Kurkchiyan and Agnieszka Kubal
    2. The professionalisation of law in the context of the Russian legal tradition Marina Kurkchiyan
    3. To go to court or not? The evolution of disputes in Russia Kathryn Hendley
    4. The everyday experiences of Russian citizens in Justice of the Peace Courts Varvara Andrianova
    5. In search of justice: migrants' experiences of appeal in the Moscow City Court Agnieszka Kubal
    6. When business goes to Court: Arbitrazh Courts in Russia Timur Bocharov and Kirill Titaev
    7. Journalists, judges and state officials: how Russian courts adjudicate defamation lawsuits against the media Maria Popova
    8. Accusatorial bias in Russian criminal justice Peter H. Solomon, Jr
    9. Decision-making in the Russian criminal justice system: investigators, procurators, judges and human trafficking cases Lauren McCarthy
    10. The Richelieu effect: the Khodorkovsky case and political interference with justice Jeffrey Kahn
    11. Administerial justice: concluding remarks on the Russian legal tradition Marina Kurkchiyan and Agnieszka Kubal.

  • Editors

    Marina Kurkchiyan, University of Oxford
    Marina Kurkchiyan is Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford.

    Agnieszka Kubal, University College London
    Agnieszka Kubal is a Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at the University College London.


    Marina Kurkchiyan, Agnieszka Kubal, Kathryn Hendley, Varvara Andrianova, Timur Bocharov, Kirill Titaev, Maria Popova, Peter H. Solomon, Jr, Lauren McCarthy, Jeffrey Kahn

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