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Global Food Value Chains and Competition Law

Edited by: I. Lianos, A. Ivanov, D. Davis.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022.

Актуальные проблемы дифференциации в трудовом праве России

Batusova E. S.

Законодательство. 2023. No. 8. P. 25-33.

Book chapter
Russia: Legal Response to Covid-19

Khramova T. M.

In bk.: The Oxford Compendium of National Legal Responses to Covid-19. Oxford University Press, 2021.

Working paper
Fairness Meets Machine Learning: Searching For A Better Balance

Semenova E., Перевощикова Е. Ю., Ivanov A. et al.

Law. LAW. Высшая школа экономики, 2019

Constitutional Reforms in Russia

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
School of Public Law
Elective course
2 year, 2 module


Khramova, Tatiana M.

Khramova, Tatiana M.

Course Syllabus


The course focuses on political, economic and cultural dimensions of the Russian constitutional system. Historical background of constitutional reforms and today developments are discussed. The course observes the specific features of the Russian constitutional system in comparison to other constitutional systems and penetrates into the key characteristics of the Russian constitution. Since the adoption of the current Russian constitution of 1993, this constitutional system has greatly evolved. The course helps to understand the ideas and concepts behind the Russian politics, both domestic and international, the principles that lie in the foundation of the legal framework for cultural, political and economic life of the Russian society. Both foreigners and Russians see the Russian constitutional system in the «distorting mirror» of mass media; therefore, they need professional analysis of how the legal, governmental and economic systems are designed in Russia. The course presents this kind of analysis by a Russian scholar, familiar with the contemporary development of constitutionalism worldwide, who is able to present the view from inside Russia, and also place the Russian constitutional system into a wide context of the global constitutionalism. The course “Constitutional Reforms in Russia” is taught on the basis of the course “Constitutional Law” on educational online platform “Coursera.org”. On “Coursera.org” it is held by Higher School of Economics. This course is blended-learning.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Having completed this course, the students will be able to: 1. perform the analysis of legislative and judicial acts, enacted by Russian state authorities in the context of the Russian constitution, its main values and basic principles 2. give expert assistance for interaction with the Russian government structures in a wide range of political and economic questions Know: 1. the specific features of the Russian constitution, Russian legal, political and economic system. 2. the history of formation and development of the contemporary constitutional system of Russia. Have the capacity to: 1. better understand of political, economic and legal processes in Russia. 2. make prognosis of the development of the Russian legislation and judicial practice, the reaction of the Russian state bodies to events in the world and to the decisions made by foreign states and international organizations.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge: of the Russian Constitution and constitutional policy strategies of the main players in the region (mostly Russia).
  • Awareness: of current Russian constitutional problems, including those problems that can induce conflicts among the main participants.
  • Ability: to use references, and literature on the given topic to analyze conflicting situations.
  • Skills: to critically evaluate analytical and scientific materials on the given issues and find options for possible solutions related to Russian constitutional development.
  • Have the capacity to better understand of political, economic and legal processes in Russia.
  • Have the capacity to make prognosis of the development of the Russian legislation and judicial practice, the reaction of the Russian state bodies to events in the world and to the decisions made by foreign states and international organizations.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction.
    1.1. Greetings. Aims and Objectives of the Course 1.2. Soviet Ideology, Politics, Law and the Constitution 1.3. Perestroyka of 1980s 1.4. Adoption of the New Constitution and Making Design of the New State in 1990s 1.5. Embodying the New Principles in the Legal and Government Systems in 2000-2010s
  • Constitutional Exceptionalism: the Russian Case.
    2.1. Typology of the Russian Constitutional System: Politics and Beyond 2.2. Russian Constitutional Identity: Liberal Values vs. Social Solidarity and Traditional Morality (Orthodoxy) 2.3. International Law in the Russian Politics and Legal System.
  • Human Rights in Russia.
    3.1. Human Rights and Public Interests 3.2. Personal Rights in Russia 3.3. Political Rights and Political Participation 3.4. Social Rights and Sozialstaat
  • Political System of Russia.
    4.1 Social Perception and Principles of the Russian Politics 4.2 Presidency and the Executive in the Russian System of Government 4.3 Russian Parliamentarism 4.4 Judiciary in Russia 4.5 Federalism in Russia
  • Russian Constitutional Economics.
    5.1 Making Free Market in Russia: Privatization of State Property and Shock-Therapy in 1990s 5.2 “Oil Curse” and “State Capitalism”: the Role of the State in Economics 5.3 Administrative Barriers for Entrepreneurship: the Russian Way to Protect Public Interests 5.4 Social Interests in the Economy
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance and creative activity at the seminars
  • non-blocking Exam
    Экзамен проводится с использованием дистанционных технологий
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.7 * Attendance and creative activity at the seminars + 0.3 * Exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Kireeva, E. Y. (2015). The Constitution of the Russian Federation in 1993: Analysis of the Main Results and Trends of the Constitutional System and Public Institutions in Russia. Published Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.rnp.ppaper.030915
  • R A Agafonov. (2012). Genesis and Development of the Institutes of Local Self-Government in Moscow after Adoption of the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.3774A26

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Five Generations of Russian Constitutions: Russia as Part of the Western Legal Heritage. (2019). https://doi.org/10.12987/yale/9780300113136.001.0001
  • POPOV Mikhail U., UPOROV Ivan V., & STURBA Evgeny V. (2015). Local councils of people’s deputies in the “Stalin” Constitution of the USSR (1936) and their subsequent organizational and legal development up to the “Brezhnev” Constitution of the USSR (1977). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.8301D97F