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As reviews of the first edition attest, Jane Henderson’s book The Russian Constitution: A Contextual Analysis (2nd edition, Hart, 2022) gives a unique critical and contextual insight into the Constitution of one the world’s most powerful countries. Its first edition was published in 2011, when Dmitrii Medvedev was Russia’s President. Since then there was a regime change in 2012 as Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency, and, significantly, dramatic shifts in constitutionality as Russia pursues a ‘return to traditional values’.
The book explores the Constitution’s evolution over its nearly 30 years’ existence, including the significant amendments of 2020. This second edition situates these important changes in the context of Russia’s historical and legal development, as Putin continues to dominate the political scene. It also looks at broader constitutional questions on the interrelation between the main State agencies, the role of the courts, human rights and their enforcement.
A this book launch event, Jane Henderson will provide a brief introduction of the book’s main arguments, and Dr Ben Noble and Dr Lana Haworth will act as discussants. Eva Pils will chair.
Author’s biography: Jane Henderson is an academic lawyer with a long-standing interest in foreign and comparative law, and particularly the Russian legal system. She graduated in Law from University College London, and after completing her Master’s studies was directly appointed as Lecturer in the Laws of Eastern Europe at the School of Law, King’s College London, now The Dickson Poon School of Law. She was Senior Lecturer in Russian Law at King’s for many years before retiring from teaching in September 2019. She continues to research and write as an Affiliate to the Law School. Her main academic interests and publications have been in the field of Russian constitutional and administrative law. In 2021 State Crime Journal published ‘Addressing Historic Injustice in Russia: The Case of Child Victims of Political Repression’, co-authored with Marina Belykh.
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