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Engaging the Law in Eurasia and Eastern Europe

May 14, 2013 // 9:30am4:15pm
suren avanesyan

Law provides the building blocks for both market economies and democracies. In the years following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, there has been a wholesale rewriting of statutes and regulations as part of a reshaping of the institutional environment of these formerly Communist countries.  The extent to which these reforms have taken root has varied.  This conference highlighted how the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have pursued legal reform and assess the role of law in the region.

The conference received generous support from Title VIII funding.

Event Sessions:

9:15am:  Registration

9:30am—11:00am: Panel 1: Russian Legal Reform in the Late Imperial and Early Soviet Period

Sergei Antonov, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harriman Insitute, Columbia University 
SWINDLERS AND FORGERS OF IMPERIAL RUSSIA: The “Jacks of Hearts” and the Birth of a Show Trial
Abstract | Policy Statement

Karen Weber, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, New York University
THE POLITICS OF RELIGION, LAW, AND FAMILY: “Mixed” Marriage in the Russian Empire, 1860-1917
Abstract | Policy Statement

Daniel Newman, Ph.D. candidate, Modern European History, University of California, Los Angeles
APPELLANT STRATEGIES AND JUDICIAL DECISIONS IN THE SOVIET CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: A Comparison of Embezzlement Cases from 1921-1923
Abstract | Policy Statement

Commentator: Cathy Frierson, Professor of History, University of New Hampshire

11:15am—12:30pm: Panel 2: Public Perceptions of Law

Marina Zaloznaya, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa
DOES AUTHORITARIANISM BREED CORRUPTION? Reconsidering the Relationship between Autocratic Governance and Illegal Transactions in Bureaucracies
Abstract

Jordan Gans-Morse, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
GUNS, GAVELS, AND BRIBES: Firm Strategies for Securing Property Rights in Post-Soviet Russia
Abstract | Policy Statement

Commentator:  Peter Murrell, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Maryland

12:30pm—1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm—2:45pm: Panel 3: Fighting Crime and Corruption

Lauren McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar, Kennan Institute
LOCAL-LEVEL LAW ENFORCEMENT: Muscovites and their Uchastkovyi
Abstract | Policy Statement

William Partlett, Associate in Law, Columbia University
SOFT LAW, HARD AUTHORITARIANISM
Abstract | Policy Statement 

Commentator: William Alex Pridemore, Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University

3:00pm—4:15pm: Panel 4: Law and the Pursuit of Rights in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe

Sophia Wilson, Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Law, Society and Culture, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
HUMAN RIGHTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE POST-SOVIET WORLD; or How and Why Judges and Police Bend the Law
Policy Statement 

Lorita Ivanova, JD candidate, College of Law, University of Illinois, Champaign
RESTITUTION OF POST-COMMUNIST PROPERTY IN BULGARIA
Policy Statement 

Commentator: Suren Avanesyan, Senior Governance and Rule of Law Advisor, Bureau for Europe and Eurasia, USAID

 

Location: 
5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harriman Insitute, Columbia University
  • Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, New York University
  • Ph.D. candidate, Modern European History, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Professor of History, University of New Hampshire
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Northwestern University
  • Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Maryland
  • Lauren McCarthy // Former Title VIII-Supported Research Scholar
    Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Associate in Law, Columbia University
  • Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University

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