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The Law Is A Causeway: Metaphor And The Rule Of Law In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2014

The Law Is A Causeway: Metaphor And The Rule Of Law In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn

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The chapter explores how a metaphor for the rule of law created by the playwright Robert Bolt captures the difficulty that Russia has experienced in its self-proclaimed pursuit of a rule-of-law state: "The law is not a 'light' for you or any man to see by; the law is n instrument of any kind. The law is a causeway upon which, so long as he keeps to it, a citizen may walk safely." In Russia, the failure to build a rule-of-law state has been, among other things, a failure to create what this metaphor describes as the essence of that ...


Freedom Of Expression In Post-Soviet Russia, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2013

Freedom Of Expression In Post-Soviet Russia, Jeffrey Kahn

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This Article assesses the freedom of expression in Russia and prospects for its future: what has the Russian state promised its citizens, in what legal forms have those promises been made, and how well are those paper promises being kept in practice? The Article considers recent state actions and statutes enacted to regulate speech, association, and other forms of expression, and determines that these are possible because of the very weak separation of powers in the Russian Federation. The Article concludes by looking at the European Convention on Human Rights as one hope for a power capable of exerting influence ...


Conference Presentation Of Jeffrey Kahn, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2010

Conference Presentation Of Jeffrey Kahn, Jeffrey Kahn

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This short essay is based on remarks given at the Kennan Institute at the conference ‘The Russian Constitution at Fifteen: Assessments and Current Challenges to Russia’s Legal Development’. A central focus of these remarks is the undoing of the federal system described in the 1993 Constitution.


Vladimir Putin And The Rule Of Law In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2008

Vladimir Putin And The Rule Of Law In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn

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During his two terms as President of Russia, did Vladimir Putin further the net development of a legal culture in Russia? This article is based on public lectures given in late 2007 and early 2008 at Oxford University, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

This article examines three "windows" into the development of Russia's legal culture under Vladimir Putin: (1) the Second Chechen War; (2) Russian membership in the Council of Europe; and, (3) renewed efforts under Putin at codification of law, as evidenced by the ...


Russia's Criminal Procedure Code Five Years Out, William Burnham, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2008

Russia's Criminal Procedure Code Five Years Out, William Burnham, Jeffrey Kahn

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After a long delay in drafting, a new Criminal Procedure Code for Russia was passed in 2001 and went into effect in 2002. The new Code contains some striking innovations, most notably changes at the trial stage, which implement the constitutional requirements of adversarial principles. However, it also retains several throwbacks to the past, particularly its preservation of the formal pretrial investigation, during which evidence is parsed and collected in a dossier, which then dominates the trial of the case. The result is that old and new constantly contend with each other. Implementation of the new adversarial procedures is also ...


The Search For The Rule Of Law In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2006

The Search For The Rule Of Law In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn

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There exists broad consensus in political science that the rule of law is as essential to a consolidated modern democracy as electoral politics or a robust civil society. Paradoxically, however, the rule of law as an institution has not been subjected to nearly the same rigorous study as those other popular variables. Although frequently used, the term is rarely defined. Political scientists declare the general importance of the rule of law, but reduce their focus to the "rules of the game" for political elites and the adoption of select laws and judicial institutions. Frequently, an instrumentalist metaphor is deployed: the ...


Russia's 'Dictatorship Of Law' And The European Court Of Human Rights, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2004

Russia's 'Dictatorship Of Law' And The European Court Of Human Rights, Jeffrey Kahn

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This article is an adaptation of a lecture given at St. Antony's College, Oxford on 5 July 2003 in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at Oxford University. The author evaluates the effect of the European Convention on Human Rights on Russian law and politics. Russia has been a signatory to the Convention for five years. The author argues that the full power of the Convention as a force for reform in Russia was unanticipated at the time of Russia's accession. Nevertheless, the Convention has been the catalyst for substantial ...


Russian Compliance With Articles Five & Six Of The European Convention Of Human Rights As A Barometer Of Legal Reform & Human Rights In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2002

Russian Compliance With Articles Five & Six Of The European Convention Of Human Rights As A Barometer Of Legal Reform & Human Rights In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn

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This Note examines two of Russia's obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR): the Article 5 right to liberty and security, and the Article 6 right to a fair trial to gauge Russian compliance with European human rights norms. These articles lie at the heart of systematic legal reform in the Russian Federation. This Note defends the thesis that the agonizingly slow progress of judicial reform and the advancement of human rights in Russia is a function of the inevitable lag of conceptual norms behind institutional reform. Part I explores the weak place of the rule of ...


Federalism, Democratization, And The Rule Of Law In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2002

Federalism, Democratization, And The Rule Of Law In Russia, Jeffrey Kahn

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Combining the approaches of three fields of scholarship - political science, law and Russian area studies - the author of this 2002 Oxford University Press book explores the foundations and future of the Russian Federation. Russia's political elite have struggled to build an extraordinarily complex federal system, one that incorporates eighty-nine different units and scores of different ethnic groups, which sometimes harbor long histories of resentment against Russian imperial and Soviet legacies. This book examines the public debates, official documents and political deals that built Russia's federal house on very unsteady foundations, often out of the ideological, conceptual and physical ...


The Parade Of Sovereignties: Establishing The Vocabulary Of The New Russian Federalism, Jeffrey Kahn Jan 2000

The Parade Of Sovereignties: Establishing The Vocabulary Of The New Russian Federalism, Jeffrey Kahn

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On the basis of extensive on-site interviews and documentary sources, the author interprets the dynamics of the collapse of the Soviet Union by analyzing the cascade of sovereignty declarations issued by republics of the USSR as well as by autonomous republics and other subunits of the Russian republic, in 1990-1991. Interrelationships among the declarations, and other putative causes of their content and timing, are explored. A case study of Tatarstan is provided. The study also analyzes the impact of the process on subsequent Russian approaches to federalism.