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25th Anniversary of the Russian Constitution

December 12th marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Russian constitution. Historians still debate the controversial events that accompanied the constitution’s birth, but a generation of Russian lawyers has now grown up knowing only this founding legislation as Russia’s highest law. Thus, what was originally perceived as a transitional document has demonstrated surprising staying power. This panel discussed the controversial origins of the Russian constitution, its guiding principles, and how it has entered into and influenced Russian law for the past 25 years. 

More Money, More Crime: Prosperity and Rising Crime in Latin America

While worldwide crime is declining overall, criminality in Latin America has reached unprecedented levels that have ushered in social unrest and political turmoil. Despite major political and economic gains, crime has increased in every Latin American country over the past 25 years, currently making this region the most crime-ridden and violent in the world.

The Outlook for the Rule of Law in Mexico

Since Mexico's July 2018 election, there has been speculation about the new administration's approach to questions of rule of law in Mexico. The Wilson Center welcomed two ministers of Mexico's Supreme Court, Alfredo Gutiérrez Ortiz Mena and Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza, to discuss the rule-of-law challenges being faced in the country as well as opportunities for further reform of the judicial system. Expert panelists also discussed prospects for reform as well as Mexico's shift to an adversarial system and the status of its implementation.

How to Engage with the Russian Elite? The Case for Corporate Governance

Since 2014, the United States and the European Union have used sanctions to punish Russia’s economic elite for the actions of its government. Such policies have pushed Russian business into the arms of Vladimir Putin, even though historically, elites have often played an important role in facilitating democratic transition. Max Gutbrod, who has practiced law in Russia for two decades, discussed the vital and underappreciated role that corporate law can play as a means of promoting political and economic change in the Russian Federation. 

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