VIRTUAL EVENT. Adaptation and Pragmatism: Explaining the Survival of the Russian Constitutional Court

Thursday, June 10, 2021
12:00pm ET
Zoom webinar & YouTube Live

This event will be held virtually as a Zoom webinar and streamed via YouTube Live. There will be no in-person event.

Register here for the Zoom webinar, or tune in on YouTube Live.

Please join us for an event in our Rule of Law in Autocracy: The Legal Dimension of Russian Politics speaker series, a presentation by Alexei Trochev (Nazarbayev University).

This event is supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Born in Syktyvkar, Russia, Alexei Trochev (PhD, University of Toronto; MPA, University of Kansas; Law, Syktyvkar State University) is Associate Professor and department chair of Political Science and International Relations at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. Previously, he taught political science and law courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and the Pomor State University in Arkhangelsk, Russia. He also edits the journal Statutes and Decisions: The Laws of the USSR and Its Successor States, which has recently covered issues of police reform in Kyrgyzstan, and administrative justice in Uzbekistan. His current research focuses on transitional justice in post-Soviet states. In one three-year project, called “In the GULAG’s Shadow: Producing, Consuming & Perceiving Prisons in the Former Soviet Union” and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, he serves as a collaborator in the team of researchers from the University of Strathclyde and the Higher School of Economics. His other project deals with the questions of how and why some post-Soviet states chose to ban Communist parties through courts while others did not.

Rule of Law in Autocracy: The Legal Dimension of Russian Politics

2021 Speaker Series

In authoritarian political systems, institutions such as parliament, judiciary, and law enforcement are typically viewed as mere instruments of autocratic rule, or at best, a democratic facade. In this conventional image, authoritarian institutions exist only for formal reasons and do not exert meaningful impact independently of the executive branch of government.

But recent scholarship has uncovered unexpected dynamics of the impact of law on Russian politics. Authoritarian influence over the diverse legal institutions is not as overwhelming as conventional wisdom has presumed. Scholars instead are revealing how authoritarian legal and judicial institutions resemble their democratic counterparts, including in their response to bureaucratic incentives and public opinion, or in being driven by the metrics of performance evaluation rather than central directives. Learn more about the series >>

All events at 12:00pm ET.

MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021 — Lauren A. McCarthy's talk rescheduled for May 6 (see below).
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021
Manipulated Justice in Russia: Influence in Prosecutions and Conflict Resolution

Peter H. Solomon, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Law and Criminology at the University of Toronto and Member of its Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
Watching the Detectives—Strategies and Tactics of Police Oversight in Russia

Lauren A. McCarthy, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science and Director of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021
Bulldogs in the Duma: Executive Factionalism and Lawmaking in Russia

Ben Noble, Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021
Judicial Independence in Russia: What Do Russians Think?

Kathryn Hendley, Roman Z. Livshits & William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2021
Adaptation and Pragmatism: Explaining the Survival of the Russian Constitutional Court

Alexei Trochev, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science and International Relations at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

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