Russian Law Seminar
March 10, 2015
Looking to the West (Benjamin Beuerle)
- Starting with Peter the Great. It is not new for Russian leaders to be influenced/turn to the West
(external foes/friends) for influence even though they are in competition with t
Russia: Rule of Law in Question
A Womans Kingdom
Nobles going to court all the time, but rarely benefitting from the law: legal system not concrete enough, dragging out
legal processing. States power enhanced.
Nobles needed to have
1Notes on class discussion:
Stefan B. Kirmse, "Law and Empire in Late Tsarist Russia: Muslim Tatars Go to Court," Slavic
Review 72:4 (2013): 778-801.
Virginia Martin, "Kazakh Oath-Taking in Colonial Courtrooms: Legal Culture and Russian EmpireBuilding," K
Class Notes 4/14/15
Is legal access in post-Soviet Russia too much of a good thing?
Courts are too accessible judges are overburdened with cases
which limits overall quality of the rulings
Takes time away from more serious cases
-Discussion last time about groups - Group rights, groups that represent minority
regimes. Lenins group is workers and peasants.
Vlad: Lenin was a bit more realistic - he addressed dilemmas similar to thinking
about Crimea and Kazan. They were gray areas