REES-410 Law and Disorder From Socialism to Post-Socialism
Fall for 2015-2016
Western media frequently portray the former Communist states of Europe and Eurasia as being mired in a peculiar mix of corruption, crime and chaos. The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the legal cultures, institutions, and practices fostered under Soviet style socialism and then analyze with them current efforts to establish new legal systems. We will address the role of law (and criminality) in both the emerging democracies and new illiberal regimes among the states of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. We will give special attention to corruption, the influence of Western ideas and institutions, and popular attitudes toward law as an element of consolidating democracy.
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Fall '15: Smith, K. (file download)
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