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International Law in Russian Textbooks: What’s in the Doctrinal Pluralism?

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Author(s): Lauri Mälksoo

Journal: Göttingen Journal of International Law
ISSN 1868-1581

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Russian Federation | human rights | international law | individual as subject of international law | Soviet history

ABSTRACT
This review essay examines four leading Russian textbooks of public international law. It is noteworthy that doctrinal pluralism has been established in the international law doctrine as represented by the Russian scholars. One particular doctrinal question of heavy symbolic significance – whether individuals have become subjects of international law beside states – is examined. It turns out that different answers given to that question in the scholarship are linked with a general attitude towards the Soviet legacy.  
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