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Russian Discourses on International Law
Sociological and Philosophical Phenomenon

ISBN 9780367586027
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
291 Pages

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Book Description

A number of recent events in the last decade have renewed interest in Russian discourses on international law. This book evaluates and presents a contemporary analysis of Russian discourses on international law from various perspectives, including sociological, theoretical, political, and philosophical. The aim is to identify how Russia interacts with international law, the reasons behind such interactions, and how such interactions compare with the general practice of international law. It also examines whether legal culture and other phenomena can justify Russia’s interaction in international law.

Russian Discourses on International Law explains Russia's interpretation of international law through the lens of both leading western scholars and contemporary western-based Russian scholars. It will be of value to international law scholars looking for a better understanding of Russia’s behavior in international legal relations, law and society, foreign policy, and domestic application of international law. Further, those in fields such as sociology, politics, philosophy, or general graduate students, lawyers, think tanks, government departments, and specialized Russian studies programs will find the book helpful.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors



Part I

Russia and the Theoretical Struggles on International Law

  1. The Nature of Russian Discourses on International Law: A Contemporary Survey

  2. Vladislav L. Tolstykh

  3. Contradictions and Incompleteness in Russian Legal Discourses

  4. Anna Isaeva

  5. Russia and International Human Rights Law: A View from the Past

  6. Anna Lukina

    Part II

    Social Systems, Constitutionalism and Legal Ideology

  7. Living Constitutionalism in Russia

  8. Maria Smirnova and Chris Thornhill

  9. "Sovereign Democracy" and International Law: Legitimation and Legal Ideology

  10. P. Sean Morris

    Part III

    Ethical Borders and Transplantation of Law and Morals

  11. Russia and the Council of Europe: An Incompatible Ideology, and a Transplanted Legal Regime?

  12. Bill Bowring

  13. International Law and the Transnational Dimension of the Russian Orthodox Church

  14. Sebastian Rimestad 

    Part IV

    The High Politics of Contemporary Russia in International Law

  15. Foreign Policy Discourses as Part of Understanding Russia and International Law

  16. W. E. Butler

  17. The Changing Nature of the Contemporary Russian Interpretation of the Right to Self-Determination under International Law

  18. Tero Lundstedt

  19. The Principle of Territorial Integrity in Russian International Law Doctrine: The Case of Crimea

  20. Christer Pursiainen and Tuomas Forsberg

    Part V

    The Application of International Law and the International Economic System

  21. Russian Banking Regulation and Supervision in Global Financial Governance: Some Theoretical Perspectives on Soft Law Approaches to Banking Regulation

Alexander A. Vishnevskiy


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P. Sean Morris teaches international economic law at the University of Helsinki, Finland.