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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 from University College London in 1973, having been awarded the Joseph Hume Scholarship for Jurisprudence. She went on to postgraduate study, specialising in Socialist legal systems and English legal history, and in 1974, after completing her Master’s degree at London University was directly appointed as Lecturer in the Laws of Eastern Europe in the newly established Centre of European Law at King’s College London. In the autumn of 1976 she established for the first time at King’s a course in Soviet Law. This was revised in 1993 as ‘Soviet and Post-Soviet Legal Systems’. Since 1986-87, Mrs. Henderson has also been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame London Law School, where she runs a post-graduate seminar series on the Russian Legal System for the Concannon Programme of International Law. Additional to her teaching expertise, Mrs Henderson also has considerable administrative experience, having served three year placements successively as undergraduate welfare co-ordinator and undergraduate admissions tutor. She currently holds the post of Senior Lecturer in the Laws of Eastern Europe.

Research interests

Mrs Henderson's main research interests and publications have been concerned with aspects of the Soviet and Russian legal systems. The main concentration has been on public law issues in Russia: constitutional innovations; separation and balance of powers; the formation of the Federal Assembly (legislative chamber), in particular the upper chamber, the Council of the Federation; President Putin's innovation of the State Council; and the establishment and working of the Russian Constitutional Court, including its use of international law. Mrs Henderson has also written on a number of administrative law issues: the system of administrative commissions and the code of administrative violations; the establishment of a mechanism for dealing with citizen's complaints, and current problems in administrative law. She has published papers on aspects of the legal profession and legal services, the role of the judiciary, the re-establishment of jury trial in Russia and of the courts of justices of the peace (local judges analogous to English District Judges, Magistrate's Court). Currently she is researching various aspects of the Russian state structure and constitutionalism. She is the rapporteur on Russia for the journal European Public Law.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  •  Elements of the Law of Contract
  •  Public Law
  •  Russian Legal System

For more information about Jane Henderson's research, visit her page on the research portal.