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Russia’s “Undesirable Organization” Law Marks a New Level of Repression


Though incidents of repression, unjust sentences, and politically motivated prosecutions in Russia are beginning to seem commonplace, the first-ever criminal cases opened under Article 284.1 of the Criminal Code mark one more step in the Kremlin’s march toward increasing political repression.

Call for Papers: Law, Tradition, and Conservatism: Legal Responses to Neoliberal Governance (University of Helsinki)

The Faculty of Law in cooperation with Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki is pleased to announce the annual conference under the Development of Russian Law research project, which will take place in Helsinki on November 4-5, 2019. This conference continues the series of workshops, seminars, and conferences in Russian law, organized by the Faculty of Law since 2008. This annual event is devoted to discussions of new and important topics within the field of Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian law and legal studies.

Camelia Bogdan Awarded the 2019 Ion Ratiu Democracy Fellowship

Awarded yearly by the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, London and the Rațiu Center for Democracy, Turda, in partnership with Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award and Fellowship aims to support individuals around the world who are working on behalf of democracy as activists or intellectuals, whether they are in exile from repressive regi

Russia’s Trials of History


Mikhail Abyzov, who at one time spearheaded the drive to increase the Russian government’s transparency to the public, was arrested in Moscow on Tuesday. Investigators suspect Abyzov of embezzling and funneling abroad 4 billion rubles (about U.S. $62 million). This developing story is important because of the businessman’s long-standing ties to Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister, and Arkady Dvorkovich, former deputy prime minister. 

The Responsibilities of Congress in Maintaining the Rule of Law

The Wilson Center is partnering with the International Bar Association to present the fourth program of "Preserving a Free Society," a six-part series of bipartisan discussions on the rule of law that feature current and former senior government officials and other distinguished guests.

Mexico’s Battered Rule of Law

The World Justice Project recently released its 2019 Rule of Law Index. This year’s index results are quite discouraging for Mexico. 

Last year, Mexico ranked 97th in the Rule of Law Index. Now it occupies the 99th place out of 126 countries, with an overall score of 0.45 (1 being the highest score).

Strategic Litigation in Russia: The Case of Bioethics

Strategic litigation aims to use specific court cases to develop new legal norms and create broad legal and social change beyond the decisions in the individual cases themselves.