426000, Udmurt Republic, Izhevsk, ul. Votkinskoye highway, 196/1
426009, Udmurt Republic, Izhevsk, ul. Lenin, 87a
426034, Izhevsk, st. Kommunarov, 281, IGMA, Morphological building, office. 202, 203
Phone: +7 (3412) 45-71-19
Fax: +7 (3412) 45-67-37
Head of the Department: Vavilov Alexey Yurievich, doctor of medical Sciences, Professor
Day of the week
Carrying out time
Teacher of department
from 16:00 till 17:00
MD, professor V.I. Viter
from 16:00 till 17:00
MD, professor V.L. Proshutin
from 16:00 till 17:00
MD, associate professor A.R. Pozdeev
from 16:00 till 17:00
PhDs in Medicine., associate professor K.A. Babushkina
from 15:00 till 16:00
MD, professor A.Yu. Vavilov
Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation
Federal State Budget Educational Institution of Higher Education
Izhevsk State Medical Academy
INTRODUCTION TO RUSSIAN LAW
(name of discipline)
Program track (specialty) 31.05.01 General medicine
Credit value: 3 credit units
The aim of mastering the discipline is to obtain introductory knowledge and basic skills in the area of Russian law and legal system.
As a result of studying discipline students must:
- the distinctive features of the Russian legal system and of the main branches of Russian law;
- the system of government and judicial system in their development since 1993 up to the present moment;
- the main characteristics of the Russian federalism;
- the peculiarities of Russian legal order, legal culture and legal consciousness;
- the system of professional legal training in Russia;
- to use the legal terminology and understand legal concepts;
- to analyze critically the academic literature and other sources for legal research in the area of the Russian law;
- to work with information (search, evaluate, use information necessary for fulfilment of scientific and professional tasks from various sources, including application of systematic approach);
- to carry out professional activities in the international environment;
- to search for and analyze legally relevant information by using the juridical, comparative and other specific methods,
- to describe legal problems and situations in the field of Russian law.
- to use the term and functional framework of physics and mathematics to the extent required by the content of this Program sections;
- to use measuring device, computing facilities and statistical methods, principles of safety procedures during the work with equipment.
The process of discipline studying is directed to the formation of follow competences in graduate:
CC - 4
ability to act in non-standard situations, to bear social and ethical responsibility for the decisions
CPC - 3
ability to use the basics of economic and legal knowledge in professional activities
CPC - 4
ability and readiness to apply ethical and deontological principles in professional activities
Hours of discipline distribution
Type of academic work
Student self-guided work
Type of midterm assessment
Total workload (hours/credits)
Name of discipline section
Content of section
Introduction to the course and general overview.
Aims and objectives of the course. Studying Russian law in English: terminological and cultural difficulty. Russian legal system as a continental legal system. Sources of law in the Russian legal system. Hierarchy of legal rules (norms) in Russian legal system. Legislation and other normative acts as the sources of law. Collisions between sources of law. The role of case-law in the legal system.
History of constitution-making. Transition to democracy and the rule-of-law.
Federalism. Division of powers between the federation and the regions. Local self-government. Separation of Powers. Presidency. Executive Power. Legislative Power. Election law and the electoral system.
Judicial system. Judiciary. The Constitutional court. Constitutional rights and liberties.
Protection of human rights and civil liberties.
Branches of Russian Law
Russian Civil law (other than copy-rights law, intellectual property and inheritance). Property rights.
Tax law and disputes.
Russian Civil Procedure.
Russian Criminal Law.
War on terrorism and extremism. Regulation of hate crimes and hate speech.
Criminal Procedure. Investigation. Jury trials.
Russian Administrative Law. Code of Administrative Offenses. Code of Administrative Procedure.
Freedom of speech and mass media. Legal regulation of Internet.
Judicial protection of speech. Libel and defamation cases. Medical law.
Professor А.R. Pozdeev
Assistant professor A.S. Orlov
Peter B. Maggs, Olga Schwartz, William Burnham, G.M.Danilenko. Law and Legal System of the Russian Federation - Sixth Edition. Huntington, New York : Juris Publishing, 2015.
Jane Henderson. 2011. The Constitution of the Russian Federation: A Contextual Analysis. Hart Publishing. Oxford and Oregon.
Maria Efremova, Svetlana Yakovleva and Jane Henderson. Russian Contract Law for foreigners. Hart Publishing, 2014.
An Introduction to Russian Business Law. By Lidings Law Firm (Author). Thomson Reuters. 2010.
- Further readings
- Federalism in Russia. Edited by Dr. Rafael Khakimov. Kazan, 2002. P. 1-27; 212-278. http://www.kazanfed.ru/dokladi/federalism eng.pdf
- Carla L. Thorson. Politics, Judicial Review and the Russian Constitutional Court. Palgrave Macmillan. 2012.
- Trochev, Alexei. Judging Russia: Constitutional Court in Russian Politics, 1990-2006. Cambridge Univerity Press. 2008.
- Harold Berman, Justice in the USSR. Harvard University. 1963.
- Peter Solomon (ed.) Reforming Justice in Russia, 1864-1996: Power, Culture and the Limits of Legal Order. Armonk-NY: M.E.Sharpe. 1997.
- Alena V. Ledeneva. Russia's Economy of Favours: Blat, Networking and Informal Exchange. Cambridge University Press. 1998.
- Pamela Jordan, Defending Rights in Russia: Lawyers, the State, and the Legal Reform in the Post-Soviet Era. Vancouver: UBC Press. 2005.
- Graeme Gill and James Young, ed. Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society.
- Jeffrey Kahn, Federalism, Democratization, and the Rule of Law in Russia. Oxford University Press. 2002.
- Eugene Huskey, Presidential Power in Russia. The National Council for Soviet and East European Reseaarch.1996.
- William Butler, Russian Law. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press. 2009.
- Hiroshi Oda, Russian Commercial Law. 2nd ed. Brill. 2007.
- Donald Barry, ed., Toward the 'Rule of Law' in Russia? Routledge, 1992.
- Jon Hellevig, Anton Kabakov and Artem Usov. Awara Russian Tax Guide. Chapter 3: General about Russian tax law. Update of 06.03.2015. http://www.awarablogs.com/general-about-russian-tax-law/
- Kristoffer Svendsen. The Constitutional Framework of Political Powers of the Russian Federation // Bond Law Review. Vol. 19, Issue 1, Aticle 8. 2007. http://epublications.bond.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1335&context=blr
- Vasilieva S. Business community and authorities: constitutional and legal forms of relationship. Law. Higher School of Economics, 2013. No. 14/LAW/2013.
- Elena Lukyanova. On the Rule of Law in the Context of Russian Foreign Policy // Russian Law Journal, vol. 3, no 2, 2015.
- Peter H. Solomon, Jr., “Judicial Power in Authoritarian States: the Russian Experience,” in: Tom Ginsburg and Tamir Moustafa, eds, Rule by Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes. Cambridge University Press. 2008.
- Peter H. Solomon, Jr, “Courts in Russia: Independence, Power and Accountability,” in A. Sajo (ed), Judicial Integrity (2004), p. 225-252.
- Jordan Gans-Morse, “Threats to Property Rights in Russia: From Private Coercion to State Aggression”, Post-Soviet Affairs, 228:3 (2012), 263-95.
- Nikolai Petrov, Masha Lipman and Henry Hale, “Three Dilemmas of Hybrid Regime Governance: Russia from Putin to Putin,” Post-Soviet Affairs, 30:1 (2014), 1-26.
- Richard Sakwa, “The Dual State in Russia,” Post-Soviet Affairs, 26:3 (July-Sept 2010), pp. 185-206.
- Tomila Lankina, “President Putin's Local Government Reform,” in The Dynamics of Russian Politics, Peter Reddaway and Robert Orttung, eds. 2005.
- Elena Chebankova, Putin's Reforms and the Management of the Regions; Paul Goode, The Decline of Regionalism in Putin's Russia: Boundary Issues; “Russian Regional Politics under Putin and Medvedev,” Special issue edited by Cameron Ross, Europe-Asia Studies, 63: 3 (May 2011).
- Larry Black and Michael Johns, eds., Russia after 2012 (Routledge, 2013).
- Michael Chernyi v. Oleg Deripaska Decision of the High court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division, Commercial Court (UK) of 3 July 2008 by Mr. Justice Christopher Clarke; “Allegations of Politically-Motivated Abuses of the Criminal Justice System in Council of Europe Member States”, Report of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (June 2009).
- Jeffrey Kahn, “Report on the Verdict against M.B. Khodorkovsky and P.L. Lebedev,” The Journal of Eurasian Law, 4:3 (2011), 321-411.
- Maria Popova, “Watchdogs or Attack Dogs? The Role of Russian Courts and the Central Election Commission in the Resolution of Electoral Disputes,” Europe-Asia Studies, 58:3 (May 2006), 391-414.
- Peter H. Solomon, Jr., “The Unexpected Demise of Russia’s High Arbitrazh Court and the Politicization of Judicial Reform,” Russian Analytical Digest,147 (April 17, 2014).
- Vladimir Gelman, “Calculus of Dissent: How the Kremlin Is Countering Its Rivals,” Russian Analytical Digest, 15 April 2015.
- Bill Bowring, “Russia and Human Rights: Incompatible Opposites?” Gottingen Journal of International Law 1 (2009), 257-278.
- Internet Sources
The Constitution of the Russian Federation in English (CCRF web-site) http://www.ksrf.ru/en/INFO/LEGALBASES/CONSTITUTIONRF/Pages/default.aspx
Judgments of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. Available in English at: http://www.ksrf.ru/en/Decision/Judgments/Pages/2015.aspx
President of the Russian Federation - http://eng.kremlin.ru/
Government of the Russian Federation - http://government.ru/eng/
The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation - http://www.council. gov.ru/
Supreme Court of the Russian Federation - http://www.vsrf.ru/catalog.php?c1=English
Children’s Rights Commissioner of the Russian Federation - http://english.rfdeti.ru/
The Prosecutor General’s office of the Russian Federation - http ://eng. genproc.gov. ru/? eng=1
The Constitutional Court www.ksrf.ru
Russian Law Journal http://www.russianlawjournal.org/
Law Journal of the Higher School of Economics (selected articles are in English) http://law-> journal.hse.ru
GARANT Legal Database http://english.garant.ru/
CosultantPlus Legal Database http://www.consultant.ru/sys/english/
SOVA-centre for information and analysis http://www.sova-center.ru/en/
Human Rights in Russia: http://hro.rightsinrussia.info/hro-org