From Old Times to New Europe considers the post-totalitarian legal framework in today's Europe, arguing that the study of totalitarianism and post-totalitarianism continues to be significant as ever. Drawing mainly on the Polish experience, this analysis focuses on the significant part played by history in the development of the region's identity and preferences concerning the role of the state in public and private life. It examines the political, socio-economic and legal aspects of key events and draws comparisons with other CEE states, whilst implementing key socio-legal theories to explain trends and strains in this post-Communist and post-totalitarian period. With the benefit of access to archival sources in Poland and Russia, this book will be of interest to students and researchers of European law, law and society and international criminal justice.
Dr Agata Fijalkowski is Lecturer in Law in the Law School, Lancaster University. Her research interests are in the areas of Criminal justice, criminal law, constitutional law, international comparative criminal justice, comparative law, and civil liberties. One of her main interests concerns legal transformation and the growth of legal culture in Central and Eastern Europe (and how this fits into the broader European context), as well as developments in other post-totalitarian/authoritarian states in the criminal justice and civil liberties/human rights area.