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Human Rights In Russian Legal History

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This chapter addresses the question: Is there also in Russian legal history something that could be regarded as building material for a modern concept of human rights? The Universal Declaration was proclaimed by the General Assembly as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. The concept of the equality of human beings occupies a special place within the system of human rights. The theory of the separation of powers as expounded by Montesquieu is perhaps the most comprehensive and widely accepted instrument for regulating and dissipating the powers of the state. Popular assemblies are well documented in the history of early Kievan Russia. In Western Europe, feudalism was undoubtedly one of the ancestors of modern human rights. "Due process" can be used to refer to a package of rights which form the core of the classic human rights.

Keywords: due process; feudalism; human rights; Kievan Russia; Russian legal history; separation of powers; Universal Declaration



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