Call for papers: Panel on the Impact of Authoritarianism in Contemporary Russia at Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) 43d Annual Convention, November 17-20, 2011, Washington, DC

Deadline for proposals: October 31, 2010

Institute of Modern Russia (IMR), a newly founded non-profit organization based in New Jersey, the mission of which is to advance democratic values and institutions, engagement with civil society on strengthening rule of law and freedom in Russia, is calling for papers to be introduced and discussed at the next year 43d Annual Convention of ASEEES.

The theme of the 2011 Convention is “Authorities”.

IMR is looking for papers on the subject of differential treatment of entrepreneurs and property rights by Russian authorities.

Law and business schools' graduate students and faculty, other scholars and even law practitioners or entrepreneurs are invited to write papers in the form of an article, analytical research project, etc. using publicly available information on cases such as the one undergoing in the Khamovnichesky District Court of the city of Moscow on the criminal charges brought by the General Prosecution Office of the Russian Federation against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev, former top managers of the Yukos Oil Company. Unfortunately, this case is not the only case where the state’s power of law enforcement is being utilized for the purposes far remote from administration of justice. There are many others, such as the case of Hermitage Capital Fund and the tragic saga of its lawyer Sergey Magnitsky who died in pre-trial custody at a Moscow prison, or treatment of the principals of Souzplodimport, owners of Stoli vodka brand.

Authors could select any criminal law, criminal procedure, or interdisciplinary aspect(s) of one or more of the cases, provided that appropriate amount of case materials, such as indictment, court hearings’ records, verdict and the like, is available for their academic research and analysis.

Please provide proposals for individual papers which shall include your full name, address and email address, institutional affiliation, and a brief abstract of your proposed paper. Feel free to suggest a discussant.

IMR is prepared to cover travel/accommodation expenses for the panelists and consider providing a scholarship to the author of the best paper on the subject.

Please email your proposal to Pavel Ivlev, office@imrussia.org

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