Engaging the Law in Eurasia and Eastern Europe

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Kennan Institute Workshop

 

The Kennan Institute, in partnership with the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and the University of Wisconsin Law School, is pleased to present a new workshop series on “Engaging the Law in Eurasia and Eastern Europe.”  Law provides the foundation for both market economies and democracies. In the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been a wholesale rewriting of statutes and regulations as part of a reshaping of the institutional environment of these formerly Communist countries.  The extent to which these reforms have taken root has varied.  Each country has its own distinct legal culture, which is in part a product of the societal experience of law during the Communist period.  The social demand for law also has colored the effectiveness of the reformed legal institutions in these countries, such as the bar, the courts, and various administrative agencies.  On some issues, non-governmental organizations and/or individual activists have played a critical role in pressing the state to live up to its legal obligations.

Given the passage of two decades since the disintegration of the Soviet bloc, the time is ripe for an assessment of the role of law in the region.  The workshop series is designed to encourage cross-disciplinary exchanges and will facilitate the creation of a cohesive cohort of young scholars focusing on legal reform in Eurasia (the former states of the Soviet Union) and Eastern Europe.  Participants in the series further will explore the ways in which policymakers and practitioners can find mutually beneficial dialogue with academics.

Moderators

Kathryn Hendley, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Peter Maggs, Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

William Pomeranz, Acting Director, Kennan Institute

2013 Participants

SWINDLERS AND FORGERS OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA: The “Jacks of Hearts” and the Birth of a Show Trial
Abstract | Policy Statement

Sergei Antonov, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harriman Institute Columbia University

GUNS, GAVELS, AND BRIBES: Firm Strategies for Securing Property Rights in Post-Soviet Russia
Abstract | Policy Statement
Jordan Gans-Morse, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

RESTITUTION OF POST-COMMUNIST PROPERTY IN BULGARIA
Abstract | Policy Statement
Lorita L. Ivanova, Juris Doctor Candidate, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

LOCAL-LEVEL LAW ENFORCEMENT: Muscovites and their Uchastkovyi
Abstract | Policy Statement
Lauren McCarthy, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

APPELLANT STRATEGIES AND JUDICIAL DECISIONS IN THE SOVIET CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: A Comparison of Embezzlement Cases from 1921-1923
Abstract | Policy Statement
Daniel Asher Newman, PhD Candidate, University of California Los Angeles

SOFT LAW, HARD AUTHORITARIANISM
Abstract | Policy Statement
William Partlett, Non-Resident Fellow, Brookings Institution Washington D.C.

THE POLITICS OF RELIGION, LAW, AND FAMILY: “Mixed” Marriage in the Russian Empire, 1860-1917
Abstract | Policy Statement
Karen E. Weber, PhD Candidate, New York University

HUMAN RIGHTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE POST-SOVIET WORLD; or How and Why Judges and Police Bend the Law
Abstract | Policy Statement
Sophie Wilson, Lecturer, University of Washington

DOES AUTHORITARIANISM BREED CORRUPTION? Reconsidering the Relationship between Autocratic Governance and Illegal Transactions in Bureaucracies
Abstract
Marina Zaloznaya, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

High Court

The "Engaging the Law in Eurasia and Eastern Europe" Workshop is supported by the Program of Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (Title VIII), the Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers Program, and anonymous donors.  For further information, please contact Alisha Kirchoff at 217- 244-4721 (kirchoff@illinois.edu), or Joseph Dresen at 202-691-4245 (Joseph.Dresen@wilsoncenter.org).  You may also visit the workshop’s website at http://www.reeec.illinois.edu/events/law.html

Audio Recordings

Part I| Part II

sponsors

The Kennan Institute, a part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies at Columbia

University of Wisconsin Law School

Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois

Funding for this program is provided in part by the Department of Education Title VI National Resource Centers Program and the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union).