This course is designed to introduce students to the legal systems of the Russian Federation and Uzbekistan. The foundation of the legal systems of these countries is almost identical, and by comparing one country’s system to another, students will become more familiar with civil law systems. Special attention will be given to constitutions, court systems, the role of judges, state prosecutors, courtroom advocates and lawyers, as well as to the important commercial laws and treaties. I will use examples from my professional experience to give my students a realistic view of the legal systems of these countries. The class is intended to enhance student awareness of the legal environment and issues that often result from a decision to engage in relations or do business across national boundaries.
Students must be prepared to actively discuss the assigned reading or other material in class each week.