1st Edition

Russian Discourses on International Law Sociological and Philosophical Phenomenon

By P. Sean Morris Copyright 2019
    291 Pages
    by Routledge

    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



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