Introductory Note to Amendments to the 1993 Constitution of the Russian Federation Concerning International Law (2020)
Forthcoming in International Legal Materials (ILM) Vol 60, 2021
11 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021
Date Written: February 10, 2021
This note introduces and analyses several amendments to the 1993 Constitution of the Russian Federation, which entered into force on 4 July 2020, focusing on the amendments having implications for the dialogue between international courts and tribunals and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. The note demonstrates that the amendments in question are not at all revolutionary and codify the established practice of the Russian Constitutional Court / draw on federal legislation. The amendments allow for non-execution of the decisions of international courts and tribunals which are found by the Russian Constitutional Court to be in conflict with the national Constitution, thus qualifying the operation of the monist approach to international law in the Russian constitutional system.
Keywords: Russian Constitutional Court, Dialogue, ECHR, Russia, 1993 constitution, constitutional amendments, monism
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