The Unification of Law in the Russian Federation

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Jeffrey Kahn

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Alexei Trochev

Nazarbayev University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Nikolay Balayan

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

How have fluctuating approaches to federalism in post-Soviet Russia affected its legal system? This article examines the core legal subjects, processes,and institutions composing the Russian legal system. The source of legal changes, as Russian federalism has shifted from decentralized beginnings under Yel’tsin to the current centralized system under Medvedev and Putin, is evaluated. Seeds for centralization in the original 1993 Constitution and the roles of “top down,” “bottom up,” and “outside in” pressures to centralize the federal system are examined. The degree of unification and centralization of Russian law and the de facto nature of the legal system are analyzed.

Keywords: Russian legal system, post-Soviet Russia, Russian federalism

Suggested Citation

Kahn, Jeffrey and Trochev, Alexei and Balayan, Nikolay, The Unification of Law in the Russian Federation (2009). Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 25, 2009; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 281. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2795041

Jeffrey Kahn (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

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Dallas, TX 75275
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Alexei Trochev

Nazarbayev University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences ( email )

53 Kabanbay Batyra Avenue
Astana, 010000
Kazakhstan

Nikolay Balayan

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

Dallas, TX
United States

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