Courts and Transition in Russia
The Challenge of Judicial Reform
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Courts and Transition in Russia by Peter H. Solomon
Book DescriptionIt is hardly a revelation to say that in the Soviet Union, law served not as the foundation of government but as an instrument of rule, or that the judiciary in that country was highly dependent upon political authority. Yet, experience shows that effective democracies and market economies alike require courts that are independent and trusted. In Courts and Transition in Russia, Solomon and Foglesong analyze the state and operation of the courts in Russia and the in some ways remarkable progress of their reform since the end of Soviet power. Particular attention is paid to the struggles of reformers to develop judicial independence and to extend the jurisdiction of the courts to include constitutional and administrative disputes as well as supervision of pretrial investigations. The authors then outline what can and should be done to make courts in Russia autonomous, powerful, reliable, efficient, accessible and fair. The book draws upon extensive field research in Russia, including the results of a lengthy questionnaire distributed to district court judges throughout Russian Federation.Written in a clear and direct manner, Courts and Transition in Russia should appeal to anyone interested in law, politics, or business in Russia -- scholars and practitioners alike -- as well as to students of comparative law, legal transition, and courts in new democracies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813337760
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter H. Solomon
Reforming Justice in Russia, 1864-1994: Power, Culture and the Limits of Legal Order, Hardback (November 1996)
Measuring Russian legal reform in relation to the rule-of-law ideal, this study also examines the legal institutions, culture and reform goals that have actually prevailed in Russia. Judgements about future prospects are measured, adding new dimensions to our understanding of the Soviet legacy.
Soviet Criminal Justice under Stalin, Paperback (October 1996)» View all books by Peter H. Solomon
Soviet Criminal Justice Under Stalin is a comprehensive 1997 account of Stalin's struggle to make criminal law a reliable instrument of rule.
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Author Biography - Peter H. Solomon
Peter H. Solomon, Jr. is Professor of Political Science and Law, Director of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies and a member of the graduate faculty of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Toronto. Todd Steven Foglesong is visiting assistant professor of political science at the University of Utah. In 2000-2001 he will be in Russia, administering a project on the reform of pretrail justice for the Vera Institute. Peter H. Solomon, Jr. is Professor of Political Science and Law, Director of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies and a member of the graduate faculty of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Toronto. Todd Steven Foglesong is visiting assistant professor of political science at the University of Utah. In 2000-2001 he will be in Russia, administering a project on the reform of pretrail justice for the Vera Institute.
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