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Russian Discourses on International Law

Sociological and Philosophical Phenomenon, 1st Edition

By P. Sean Morris


279 pages

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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

Russian Discourses on International Law: Sociological and Philosophical Phenomenon

Edited by P. Sean Morris


  • Notes on contributors
  • Acknowledgements

Introduction- Book Abstract

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 international legal discourses in Russia
  4. Anna Isaeva

  5. Russia and international human rights law: A view from the past
  6. Anna Lukina

    Part II Social systems, constitutionalism and the legitimation of 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 incomplete ideology, and a transplanted legal regime?
  12. Bill Bowring

  13. International law and transnational dimension of the Russian Orthodox Church
  14. Sebastian Rimstad


    Part IV The high politics of contemporary Russia in International law

  15. Foreign policy discourses as part of understanding Russia and International law
  16. William 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 the light of global financial governance: Some theoretical perspectives on soft law approaches to banking regulation

Alexander Vishnevskiy


About the Author

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

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Law

The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research.  Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Comparative
LAW / International
LAW / Legal History
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General