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The Nature of the Russian Trial by Jury

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“Jurata Patriae” or “Raison d’État”

This paper explores the legal and political role of the jury system in contemporary Russia. It aims to examine whether trial by jury is an essential right of Russian citizens (jurata patriae) or, rather, a prerogative of the state (raison d’état). The main focus of the paper is the analysis of the Russian Constitution and the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. In particular, the authors consider a recent majority decision of the Constitutional Court, which uphold the constitutionality of the law that abolished jury trials for terrorist, espionage and other crimes against the state.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University, 171 Colborne Street, Brantford, Ontario, N3T 6C9, Canada, nkovalev@wlu.ca; 2: Herzen University, 6 Kazanskaya (Plekhanova) Street, 191186 St. Petersburg, Russian Federatio The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, 1 Senatskaya Place, 190000 St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

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