Dear Readers,

Welcome on behalf of the scientific community of Kazan Federal University.

The establishment of our own English-language international legal journal, the Kazan University Law Review, is truly a significant event, not only for the Law Faculty, but also for the whole University.

Kazan Federal University was founded in 1804. Today it is one of the leading universities in Russia and a member of the Russian Academic Excellence Project TOP5/100. Academic publications are one of the main indicators of the scholarly status of a university. Kazan Federal University has been awarded four stars under the QS Stars Rating system, in recognition that it aims for the highest academic achievements and internalization of academic activities.

It is noteworthy that the Law Faculty is one of the oldest institutions of our University, and it has always held an important place in the development of the University and Russia generally. There are fourteen journals published by Kazan Federal University and now two of them are issued under the direction of the Law Faculty.

I sincerely wish everyone involved with the Kazan University Law Review great success in this ambitious and meaningful undertaking for Kazan Federal University and the Russian Law Project.

With regards,
Rector of Kazan Federal University
Ilshat Gafurov

Dear Readers,

I am very pleased to introduce the first Englishlanguage law journal in the history of the Law Faculty and Kazan (Volga region) Federal University, the Kazan University Law Review, which was established, and not coincidentally, on the 17th of November 2016, the 212th anniversary of the founding of Kazan Federal University and on the threshold of Lawyer’s Day.

Traditionally, the Law Faculty has devoted its attention to both legal education and legal science activities. The tradition continues today through the Dissertation Committee’s work under the direction of the Law Faculty, in the one-third of our lectures presented by Doctors of Legal Sciences, in the Faculty as a frequent setting for major international conferences, through our issuing of textbooks and collections of research papers, and in the schools of legal thinking which were formed here.

The idea of establishing the Law Review originated in 2015 as a breakthrough research project of the Law Faculty, with the aim of strengthening and broadening the international relationships between our Faculty and leading schools of law abroad, and also of becoming a platform for the discussion of progressive ideas of eminent scholars and practitioners in the sphere of jurisprudence. There are few journals with a similar conception in Russia, and we hope that the Law Review will become one of the main sources on Russian legal scientific ideas for scholars and lawyers abroad, as well as a forum for foreign legal ideas for Russian readers.

If your academic pursuits are original and your legal practice is exceptional, and if you are open to exchanging your ideas and proposals, then I invite you to join in a unique opportunity and become one of our contributing authors appearing in the Kazan University Law Review.

Law Faculty Kazan (Volga region) Federal University
Lilia Bakulina


Dear Readers,

It is a great pleasure to present the new journal Kazan University Law Review, which is given birth through the shared efforts and cooperation of Kazan Federal University, the Moscow publishing house of legal literature “Statut” and the “LawLit LLC” IT company.

The appearance of English-language legal writings for a broad audience is not an accidental event at Kazan Federal University. The idea had been discussed for a long time because of the expanding international contacts of the University and the Law Faculty. Another incentive for the realization of this project came from our foreign colleagues through their expressed interest in Russian law and desire for joint legal science and educational programs. In addition, leading law schools around the world set the trend for developing beyond local-language periodical publications and creating independent English-language journals. The concept is to make contemporary Russian law in all its richness accessible for the experienced foreign reader.

The issuance of the certificate of registration by the federal communications and IT regulatory agency Roskomnadzor shifted the work on our new journal into high gear and saw the entire Faculty come together in support.

With the first issue in your hands, I am very pleased to introduce the articles contributed by academics of Kazan Federal University and our friends and colleagues from universities abroad. Particularly significant is the cover article prepared by former, longstanding Dean of the Law Faculty Ildar Tarchanov, who is now Research Adviser of the Faculty. His article is devoted to two remarkable past students of the Law Faculty: Lev Tolstoy and Vladimir Ulyanov (Lenin) — this is part of the history of our University.

We are grateful to Professor Valery Lazarev, a bright graduate and teacher of the Law Faculty of Kazan Federal University, now living and working in Moscow, for his support of our first issue through his insightful and important article on integrative perception of law.

For us, it is symbolic and memorable to mention here the last article in the issue, one which was not published within the lifetime of our dear friend Professor Mikhail Chelyshev. Professor Aidar Tufetulov and I co-authored the article with Professor Chelyshev in 2013. We trust the material has not lost its edge and will be found to stand the test of time.

I hope our readers will enjoy and find valuable the contributions of our colleagues from abroad, articles by Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin (Center of International Law of Paris, France), Professor Nina Kršljanin (University of Belgrade, Serbia) and Professor Jaroslaw Turlukowski (Warsaw University, Poland). We endeavor to present the finest legal writings by Russian and foreign authors on the pages of the journal, and Kazan University Law Review aims to become a leading international platform for the discussion of current challenges and issues across the globe relating to jurisprudence.

With best wishes,
Damir Valeev

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