The Construction of International Law in Contemporary Russia

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)
Please join the Harriman Institute for a discussion with Lauri Mälksoo.
Russia's political leadership regularly refers to the importance of international law and the concept features prominently both in the country's Foreign Policy Doctrine and the Security Concept. But how exactly is international law understood in Russia? Is it more or less the same understanding as in the US or does it have distinct features? How has the understanding evolved since the Soviet period? The aim of this talk is to introduce and discuss specific features of how international law is theorized in the Russian doctrine of international law, i.e. in international law textbooks and scholarship. The doctrinal-theoretical picture that emerges will clarify some aspects in Russia's recent state practice as well.
Lauri Mälksoo is Professor of International Law at the University of Tartu in Estonia and member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. During this academic year, he is Emile Noel Fellow at NYU School of Law and is completing a monograph (under contract with OUP) on "Russian Approaches to International Law".