The Legal Dimension in Cold-War Interactions

Some Notes from the Field

Given their relationship to political rhetoric, myths of the Cold War certainly matter today; the legal field is no exception. Although Cold-War studies remains a blooming field, its legal dimensions have not been sufficiently developed. Only recently have legal scholars begun to embark upon research in law and the Cold War and how this area is regarded nowadays, both explicitly and implicitly. Preliminary results show that, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, knowledge of law of the ‘Other’ was encapsulated within two main frameworks: ideological and pragmatic. How did these approaches interrelate and influence one another? Can pure knowledge strictly be divided from contextual conditions? The chapters in this volume present retrospective accounts of actors who have been involved in the circulation of knowledge through the Curtain and, also, research on recent political and legal phenomena echoing the Cold-War discourse.

Contributors: Jane Henderson, Albert J. Schmidt, Zlata E. Benevolenskaya, Leena Lehtinen, Boris N. Mamlyuk, William Partlett, Paul B. Stephan

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Tatiana Borisova (2005) in History, Institute of History, Russian Academy of Sciences, PhD candidate in Law (Leiden University), is Assistant Professor at Russia's National Research University Higher School of Economics. She has published extensively on Russian political and legal history.

William B. Simons, J.D. (1974) University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, M.A. (1974) in Russian Language and Literature, Norwich University Russian School, and Ph.D. (1997) in Law, Leiden University, is Visiting Professor at the University of Tartu’s Institute of Constitutional and International Law and Centre for EU-Russian Studies and, also, Professor of East European Law at Leiden University. His publications are in the field of Russian, East European and comparative law.
"Within academic circles, this truly interdisciplinary work should attract attention from those engaged in different areas of research because, even now, almost four years after its publication, the book enriches the reader with historical facts, data, and theoretical knowledge; it also provides answers to some of the multitude of questions arising out of current policies espoused by Russian leaders and lawmakers."
-Peter Roudik, Director of Legal Research, Law Library of Congress
Those interested in political and legal history, the history of the Cold War, the law of Central and Eastern Europe and issues of post-Communist transition.