The Russian Constitution at Fifteen: Assessments and Current Challenges to Russia's Legal Development

March 19, 2009 // 9:00am5:00pm

Cosponsored by The International Institute of Global Development,
The Foundation for Constitutional Reforms (Russian Federation), and the Kennan Institute

9:00-9:30 Welcoming Remarks:

Mikhail Gorbachev, President, Gorbachev Foundation
Lee Hamilton, President and Director, Woodrow Wilson Center
Alexander Lebedev, President, International Institute of Global Development

Listen to the audio of President Gorbachev's opening remarks (Russian).

9:30-11:15 Panel I: Constitutional Guarantees of the Rule of Law State: Problems of Implementing the Russian Constitution:

Aleksei Avtonomov, Editor-in-Chief, Gosudarstvo i pravo
Sergei Pashin, Federal Justice (retired), Professor, Moscow Institute of Economics, Politics and Law
Oleg Rumyantsev, President, Foundation for Constitutional Reforms
Peter Solomon, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Alexei Trochev, Law and Society Fellow, University of Wisconsin Law School

11:30-1:15 Panel II: Problems of Political-Legal Culture and Civil Society:

Eugene Huskey, Willian R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science, Stetson University
Andrei Illarionov, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute
Victor Sheinis, Chief Research Fellow, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
Regina Smyth, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Indiana University
Leonid Volkov, Editor-in-Chief, Konstitutsionnyi vestnik

1:15-2:15 Lunch break (lunch options: Reagan Building food court or Wilson Center Café)

2:15-3:15 Panel III: Constitutional Guarantees of Social, Economic, and Regional Development:

Jeffrey Kahn, Assistant Professor, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University
Vladimir Mazaev, Professor, State University–Higher School of Economics, Department of Constitutional and Municipal Law

3:30-5:00 Panel IV: Globalization and the Role of International Law in the Development of the Russian Constitution:

William Butler, John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law, Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University
Viktor Kuvaldin, Head, Department of Political and Social Sciences, Moscow School of Economics, Moscow State University
Vladimir Lafitsky, Deputy Director, Institute of Legislation and Jurisprudence under the Government of the Russian Federation
William Pomeranz, Deputy Director, Kennan Institute

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