The Cold War and Soviet Law

12 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 1999

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Paul B. Stephan

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: June 1999


This paper traces the connections between the principal developments in Soviet law between 1945 and 1991 and the ongoing struggle with the West, in particular with the United States. It argues that domestic concerns played a larger role than did superpower competition in shaping the legal policies that emerged during this period. It questions the impulse to see symmetries in the evolution of legal institutions in the two countries.

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Stephan, Paul B., The Cold War and Soviet Law (June 1999). University of Virginia Law School, Legal Studies Working Paper No. 99-13. Available at SSRN: or

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