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This book provides the first systematic account of Russian law and the Russian legal system since the demise of the USSR.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199562220
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 860
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William Butler is a pre-eminent authority on the legal systems of Russia and extensively involved in the field of public and private international law. He has been the John Edward Fowler distinguished Professor of Law at the Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University since 2005 and was previously Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law at the University of London.

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Table of Contents

Table of Legislative Acts
Table of International Treaties
List of Abbreviations
Pt. I The Setting
1 Russian Law in Comparative Legal Studies
2 The Pre-revolutionary Heritage
3 Russian Legal Theory
Pt. II The Legal System
4 Sources of Law
5 Legal Profession and Legal Education
6 The Administration of Legality
7 Civil and Criminal Procedure
Pt. III The Substantive Law
8 Constitutional Law
9 Civil Law
10 Family Law
11 Entrepreneurial Law
12 Securities Regulation
13 Banking Law
14 Taxation
15 Natural Resources and the Environment
16 Labour Law
17 Criminal Law
Pt. IV The Law and Foreign Relations
18 The Law Relating to Foreigners and Foreign Affairs
19 Foreign Investment and Trade Law
20 Commonwealth of Independent States
Pt. V Resource Materials
21 Resource Materials on Russian Law
Index of Names
Subject Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

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    `Russian Law¿ is clearly an epic book covering epic material. Professor Butler provides the most comprehensive account in any language of modern Russian law. For this second edition, he has updated the work to embrace the entire sweep of market oriented law reforms, which the Russian people so urgently need. I had misgivings about contemplating a review of what is such a vast and daunting subject. However, when I read the first few pages, I realised how superb this book was and what a tremendous contribution it makes to the opening up of Russia to the West. Butler has an established reputation with previous works on the Soviet legal system and this book arrives as the successor to a work he wrote in 1983 entitled `Soviet Law¿. In his preface to the first edition of the re-named `Russian Law¿, Butler comments that the book is designed for textbook use in law schools and is a resource for legal advisers, executives, investors and practising lawyers. He adds that it is also to be used as supplementary reading for area specialists who require an introduction to the Russian legal system. Of great importance as the country opens up to the West, particular attention is given to aspects of Russian law of concern to foreign investors and those who advise them. Uncluttered Approach Butler has been careful to limit the use of footnotes, and he writes on the basis that the reader has no knowledge of the Russian language. There is a most useful ¿abbreviations¿ section at the beginning of the book with tables of Legislative Acts and International Treaties. When Butler came to revise the edition in 2003, the Russians had experienced a serious financial crisis, which severely tested the viability of their fledgling market reforms. A new President, and a Parliament more sympathetic to the new President, together with an uncertain international situation after the Second Gulf War make this work all the more interesting. When one looks at the structure of the book, there are a number of areas of great importance: a reformed judiciary, and comments on the enactment of nearly all the major `first-generation¿ law reform measures which the government in Russia intends to lay as the foundations of a modern, market-orientated, democratic, rule-of-law, social State. Readers will find that the two sister volumes to go with this work, both published by Oxford University Press, are invaluable reference material: `Civil Code of the Russian Federation¿ [2003] and `Russian Company and Commercial Legislation¿ [2003]. Throughout this book runs an encouraging and modern approach to international commercial law with all its prospects for the future. THE LEGAL STRUCTURE. Butler has set out the sections of this book well. He covers the following subject areas: ¿ The setting ¿ The legal system ¿ The substantive Law ¿ The Law and Foreign Relations ¿ Resource Materials At the back of the book is an appendix which contains the Constitution of the Russian Federation and some useful website addresses for those with a working knowledge of the Russian language. As a teacher, I was immediately drawn to the legal education section where Butler says: ¿Although the configuration of Russian law in the larger domain of comparative law has certainly altered, it remains the case that Russian law offers the same scope of comparative enquiry as other continental European systems yet continues to offer in addition fundamentally different and challenging approaches or views for the student¿s contemplation.¿ I found this sentence particularly exciting because it is only very recently that massive change has hit the Russian people as we enter the twenty-first century. Many would have though it impossible to see such market reforms and yet, with the continuing expansion of the European Union, it is pleasing to think that there is much similarity between what we do in the EU and the progress the Russians are now making. A H

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