Russian Law Talk 5: All Doom and Gloom Before the Duma Vote?

17 June 2021, 16:00 EET (Helsinki)

Register here: https://forms.gle/cQT6RftVuJb9r8CB7


On 19 September 2021 Russians will go to polls to elect 450 members of State Duma, the lower house of parliament. Although it wields little real political power, elections to the Duma always had outsize importance. They test the ability of local authorities to ‘deliver’ results for the federal center and also gauge public opinion without resulting in real change. The period before elections tends to bring both heightened repression and increased welfare spending to scare and bribe the electorate. This year is no exception. A slate of new repressive laws has been adopted in the past month to specifically target the supporters of imprisoned regime critic Alexey Navalny, who encourages tactical voting. Several opposition figures have already been arrested or forced out of the country. The upcoming election also seems to discourage any pressure on citizens to improve the currently lagging Covid-19 vaccination rate. A technical innovation is the rollout of electronic voting in several regions, despite remaining concerns over its security from fraud. The experts will discuss these and other themes related to the upcoming election.

Speakers:

Dmitry Kurnosov, Carlsberg Fellow at the University of Helsinki
Dmitry Kurnosov studies how the election jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights impacts the development of law, resolution of electoral disputes and election administration in Finland, Denmark, and several Post-Soviet countries. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Copenhagen. Prior to becoming a researcher, Dmitry has for several years been a Deputy Spokesperson of the Russian Constitutional Court.

Margarita Zavadskaya, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Margarita Zavadskaya’s research focuses on how perceived electoral malpractice affects electoral turnout and other politically relevant outcomes, and how Russian voters consume and process political information translated by the media. This is studied through a series of survey experiments. Margarita Zavadskaya defended her PhD dissertation, “When Elections Subvert Authoritarianism: Failed Co-optation and Russian Post-Electoral Protests of 2011-12”, in the European University Institute, Florence in 2017.

Vitaly Averin, Member of the Federal Council of the Golos Movement

Vitaly Averin coordinates regional election monitors at Golos, Russia’s largest civic election observation movement. Golos has been monitoring elections since 2000, drawing the ire of the authorities. After several court decisions against the organization, Golos was forced to dissolve, but reconstituted itself as a civic movement.

Gender aspects of violations of the right to freedom of assembly in Russia: first observations and quantitative data

(from ural56.ru)

Gender aspects of violations of the right to freedom of assembly in Russia: first observations and quantitative data

Denis Shedov, Natasha Smirnova \ OVD-Info

Text is based on the discussion on the seminar ‘Russian Law Talks 2 – Gender and Protest’, which was held on the 8th of March 2021. The relevant slides are available here.

Gender and Protest in Russia

The right to freedom of peaceful assembly is dramatically limited in Russia. Since 2011, the human rights media project OVD-Info has been monitoring detentions at peaceful assemblies and cases of political persecution in Russia.

In 2020, in connection with the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of peaceful assembly and association’s request for contributions to his report about women and protest, we published our first review on the persecution of women for exercising the right to freedom of assembly in Russia from early 2010 to mid-2020. Since then we have been monitoring women’s participation in the protests which intensified during the mass protests of January-February 2021.

Over the years we have documented explicit exploiting gender roles or even sexism regarding protesters when arrested, while at police stations and when their actions get evaluated for criminal charges.

  • The comments or statements by the police officers who use explicitly gendered or sexist remarks to marginalize participants of the protest or the protest itself. In 2019 while detaining a woman during the mass arrests in the summer protests, a police officer noticed a ring on her finger and said that she was a married woman who was not to go to protests and that her husband had to spank her for that. Similar examples regarding both female and male which we collected in the special chapter of our report, confirm gender bias of the police.
  • Threats of violence are gender-specific. An intersex women detained during a public event in Makhachkala in 2019 described her experience, “At the station I was humiliated, threatened, verbally degraded in various ways, but not beaten. They threatened to reveal my status so that the locals would kill me, and threatened to murder me and blame it on the Wahhabis. They said they’d do that so that creatures like me would not exist. They forced me to undress; they examined me, and they conducted a lengthy interrogation regarding my genitals. It was extremely unpleasant.”
  • Criminal charges are gender biased. Zarifa Sautieva, an attendee of the 2018 Ingushetia protest, was charged with organisation of violence dangerous to the life and health of public officials carrying out official duties. According to the prosecutor’s version of what happened in her case, she “provocatively called to masculine dignity and national unity,” urging other protesters to protect the elders and the woman (Sautieva) by any means.

Many restriction of the freedom of assembly could be considered as deeply gendered: arbitrary refusal to authorize gatherings, suppression of rallies and mass arrests, use of force against detainees, state control over information regarding assemblies, administrative and criminal prosecution, threats, expulsions and other means of non-juridical pressure and so on.

Russian legislation is not gender neutral and has an impact on exercising of different rights and freedoms, particularly freedom of assembly. Some of the issues include:

  • Police officer is prohibited from using special means against women with visible signs of pregnancy;
  • In administrative prosecution, community service does not apply to pregnant women, women with children under the age of three;
  • Pregnant women and women with children under age of 14 cannot be sentenced to administrative arrest;
  • Women are not placed in colonies of strict and special regimes;
  • Life imprisonment is not provided for women;
  • Men between the ages of 18 and 27 are subject to military service, which becomes additional means of pressure and creates the risk of being drafted if expelled from a university.

The majority of gender-specific provisions are based on women’s reproductive role and aimed at protecting her reproductive function which further objectifies women. However, not many of those provisions are implemented.

Participation of women in Navalny-related protests

In January and February 2021 Russia experienced mass protests in connection with the return and subsequent detention of Alexey Navalny. Women played a visible role in these protests.

According to estimates from Moscow and St. Petersburg protests conducted by a group of scientists including Alexey Zakharov, Alexandra Arkhipova and a number of volunteers from the project White Counter and the group of Contemporary folklore monitoring, women accounted for 45% of protesters on January 23 in Moscow and 44% in St. Petersburg.  The share of women was lower on the former protests in Moscow: on August 3, 2019, 36% of all the participants were women.

https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/5483030/

In Moscow, according to OVD-Info’s data, more than 1500 people were detained on January 23, 12% of them were women.

The most common type of negative consequences for protesters is charges with an administrative offense. According to the case data, available on the court’s websites, since the beginning of the protests on the 17 of January 2021, 4515 cases were transferred to Moscow courts by March 4, 15% of them were against women and 85% — against men.

https://public.flourish.studio/visualisation/5483120/

The most typical punishment for participation in the protests is a fine. The court hearing is preceded by the arrest after protesters had been detained.

Based on our analysis, in Moscow, the average fine for women was larger, and arrests on average shorter, than in cases against men. Surprisingly, according to this piece of data, arrests have been imposed on women even more often than on men. Though both women and men got arrested ten times more often than before: according to official court statistics, in 2019, when rallies with mass detentions took place in Moscow, the share of arrests was only 4% of all indictments.

In February, the Interior Ministry reported on the initiation of 90 criminal cases after mass protests. Among the suspects and accused in these cases, by the beginning of March, we have learnt that of 68 men and 12 women. That is an extraordinary number considering that from the year 2015 till the middle of 2020 there were only 8 criminal cases against women in Russia connected with rallies.

Among these 12 women, 5 were charged with violation of epidemiological rules — that article of the Criminal code was significantly changed last year and its enforcement seems to be gender-neutral.

On the contrary, women are rarely charged with violence against police officers, though that is the most common accusation for protesters. We know about only one such case against a woman after the January protests, and about only 3 such court verdicts since 2011 compared with 86 verdicts against men. Also, the penalties for women were milder than the average for similar cases against male protesters.

In 2021, the number of men injured during arrest was significantly higher than the number of women (90 vs 10%). Also, the cases of police violence towards male protesters seem not to contradict the existing social norm that much. Usually, the information spreads wider, and we see more reaction when women get injured, as the violence by a police officer, who is expected to be a strong man, towards a woman, who is expected to be weaker, is condemned and criticised by society.

Conclusion

We see a huge potential in studying how the state institutions prevent people from exercising their right to freedom of assembly through a gender perspective.

If limitations in this area differ for men and women, the research may reveal how gender specific tools of oppression work and suggest a way to deal with them. Also, it may show how gender inequality being entrenched in different spheres of life results in unequal access to freedom of assembly depending on the gender.

Looking deeper into the quantitative data presented above, it is possible to study the dynamic of changes, the regional aspects, variations for different types of events and protest topics, and focus not only on the gender of protesters but also of those who prevent them from protests and those who are involved in the defence of the freedom to assemble. Still more qualitative data is needed to study the influence of the position and responsibilities in the family on limitation of access to freedom of assembly.

Additionally, there is the context of special female experience of detention, escorting and prosecution, connected with misfit conditions and increased stigmatization, as well as the context of gender difference of participation in public and political life and recognition as a political entity. We believe that such context is necessary to interpret our data and get some knowledge about current social and legal life in Russia.

 

OVD-Info research team is ready to provide data and is open to conducting joint research on these topics.

To contact us, write to us at  data@ovdinfo.org. You can also subscribe to OVD-Info data newsletter to get updates about our research and data HERE.

Russian Law Talks 2 recording now available!

Russian Law Talks 2 – ‘Gender and Protest’ recording now available!

The seminar ‘Russian Law Talks 2 – Gender and Protest’ was held on the 8th of March 2021.

The original description of the event:

Since 2011 Russians are back on the streets expressing their opinion of the regime and protesting its new laws and measures. The authorities have chosen the path of criminalization of the protest activities which increased the number of arrests and introduced harsher punishments for using the constitutionally guaranteed right of the freedom of assembly. Since the Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin prayer, women have become increasingly visible in the protests.

OVD-INFO, an independent media project that monitors protests in the Russian Federation, upon the request of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, created a special report on women’s participation in the protests. A team of experts and scholars will be discussing the report and wider issues related to gender and protest in Russia on 8 March 2021 at 14.00-16.00 EET (Helsinki).

Main presentation:

Denis Shedov and Natalia Smirnova, OVD INFO

Violations of the Right to Peaceful Assembly for Women and Girls in Russia from 2010 to 2020. A Report for the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Discussion:

Olga Zeveleva, University of Helsinki

Aleksandra Rumyantseva, Centre for Advanced Governance, Russia

Andrei Semenov, Yale Macmillan Center, Yale University

Dmitry Kurnosov, Carlsberg Fellow, University of Helsinki

Watch the seminar here:

https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/a04fd5ab-f3cb-4895-bd4a-415a962860d7

The earth system, hydrosphere, and outer space: Cosmo-legal approaches

A new article by Elena Ćirković

For #Volkerrechtsblog : As the #anthropocentric #architecture of law does not correspond to the Earth’s system, legal instruments like the #EU Water Framework Directive don’t reflect the impacts of #ClimateChange. Elena Ćirković calls for a #cosmolegal approach and #designing with #nature:

(Der Völkerrechtsblog ist ein wissenschaftlicher Blog zu allen Fragen des Völkerrechts und des Völkerrechtsdenkens. Wir begrüßen Beiträge aus der ganzen Welt zu diesen Themen)

Read the article here:

https://voelkerrechtsblog.org/de/the-earth-system-hydrosphere-and-outer-space-cosmo-legal-approaches/

Russian Law Talks 1 recording now available!

Russian Law Talks 1 – ‘The Arctic Environment, Sounds, and Posthuman Laws’ recording now available!

The Development of Russian Law team offers a warm thank you to everyone who showed interest in our first seminar in the series ‘Russian Law Talks’. The first seminar, ‘The Arctic Environment, Sounds, and Posthuman Laws’, is now available to watch on Unitube.

The original description of the seminar:

Please join us for a discussion on contemporary issues in the Russian Arctic and its changing environments. Dr. Elena Cirkovic will host the session and present on the interactions between different global-local legal regimes, posthumanism, and indigenous perspectives on the region. Dr. Roza Laptander will present her research on sounds in Siberian culture. Susanna Pirnes will present her ongoing doctoral research on the topic “Identity utopias carried by arctic history politics”.

The seminar ‘Russian Law Talks 1 – The Arctic Environment, Sounds, and Posthuman Laws’ was held on the 16th of February 2021 at 16:00 (Helsinki time) via Zoom.

Update 5/2021: Susanna Pirnes asked for her part of the talk to be cut out.

Watch the seminar here:

https://www2.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/8fccefbf-7880-4ea7-abd2-fc9ca61c77d3

DRL Newsletter Jan (2021)

Development of Russian Law

Uutiskirje Tammikuu (2021) / Newsletter January (2021)

 Events

1) Open position for a post-doctoral re­searcher in the ‘Toxic Crimes Pro­ject’ on environmental protection during armed conflict, Erik Castrén Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

2) What Happened in Russian Law in 2020? Now available to watch on Unitube!

3) Una Europa Global Governance Research Award competition

4) We congratulate Dr. Elena Cirkovic on her new appointment

5) Call for papers: Development of Russian Law XIII Conference

 Public talks: 

6) Marianna Muravyeva talks ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’

7) Russian Law Talks announcement

 Publications

8) Violations of the Right to Peaceful Assembly for Women and Girls in Russia from 2010 to 2020

9) New laws on restrictions of freedom of peaceful assembly

10) Marianna Muravyeva’s book on Parricide and Violence against parents is out

11) Alexander Kondakov’s recently published article ‘Sex, Alcohol, and Soul: Violent Reactions to Coming Out after the “Gay Propaganda” Law in Russia’

1) Open position for a post-doc­toral re­searcher in the ‘Toxic Crimes Pro­ject’ on environmental protection during armed conflict, Erik Castrén Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dear colleagues,

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will join our research group on environmental protection during armed conflict, the “Toxic Crimes Project” (funded by the Kone Foundation and Academy of Finland), for a 26-month period starting March 2021 (or, as agreed). The grant-funded postdoctoral researcher will receive a monthly grant directly from the Kone Foundation and will be hosted at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. We will also consider applications from scholars who wish to work from their current institution. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2021. 

We would appreciate it if you could share the vacancy with eligible candidates or post it to relevant mailing lists. Please, find the full vacancy here: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/society-economy/open-position-grant-funded-post-doctoral-researcher-in-toxic-crimes-project-funded-by-the-kone-foundation and more about the project here:https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/toxic-crimes

Our project combines social scientific and legal approaches to examine how activists, lawyers, and other experts work against environmental destruction and pollution as a consequence of war and conflict. In particular, the project examines how experts, lawyers, and activists (1) advocate for an international legal framework to protect the environment during armed conflict, (2) push for criminal accountability for polluting the environment during conflict, (3) promote the idea of the environment as a subject and a victim of war, and (4) develop the practice of environmental monitoring and risk assessment in ongoing conflict zones, for instance, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, among other cases.

2) What Happened in Russian Law in 2020? Now available to Watch on unitube!

The last event of 2020 for the Development of Russian Law project was “What happened in Russian Law in 2020?”, which took place via Zoom 18.12 at 16.00-18.00 CET time (Helsinki). Leading legal experts shared their analysis of the past year’s Russian legal development.

(Unfortunately, the first speaker’s, Grigory Vaypan’s, presentation was not recorded and so the first speaker in the video is Kirill Koroteev.)

Watch the seminar here:
https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/f7f84b74-f518-4aca-9e5a-76b4680d011b

3) Una Europa Global Governance Research Award competition

The newly launched Una Europe network is inviting submissions from researchers for an interdisciplinary competition on global governance. The papers should address global governance regarding one or more of the following policy areas: Free Trade Agreements, trade policies, migration policies, value chains, climate change, cooperation politics, impact of global pandemics on the life of citizens or methodological approaches to investigate the mentioned and related issues.

Abstracts need to be submitted the latest by 26 February 2021.

Please see the attached flyer for further details and the competition schedule.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YaZje_pN4xfjrOalzi5t_amMfBwXIBs2/view?usp=sharing

4) We congratulate Dr. Elena Cirkovic on her new appointment

Dr. Elena Cirkovic was appointed as a permanent member of the permanent committee on space traffic management by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). She will be representing the ‘non-western/anticolonial’ perspective.

Read more here:

https://iaaspace.org/about/permanent-committees/#SA-PERMCstm

5) Call for papers: Development of Russian Law XIII Conference

The Faculty of Law in cooperation with Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki is pleased to announce the annual conference in Development of Russian Law, which will take place in Helsinki on October 19-20, 2021. This conference continues the series of workshops, seminars, and conferences in Russian law, organized by the Faculty of Law since 2008. This annual event is devoted to discussions of the new and important topics within the field of Russian law and legal studies.

Read more here:

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/development-of-russian-law-xiii

6) Marianna Muravyeva talks ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’

Marianna Muravyeva held the talk ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’.

The webinar was organized by INEQ Associate Professor of Law Security and Privacy Dorota Gozdecka (UH) in cooperation with the ANU Gender Institute (Australian National University) on 31.8.2020.

Watch Marianna Muraveya’s talk here:

https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/4437fa0f-667d-42c8-b414-26cca0a36834

7) Russian Law Talks announcement

Russian Law has been changing rapidly in the past decade. Last year, the year of the pandemic, Russia had its first constitutional reform since 1993 with constitutional amendments having a profound impact on the present and future of the country. Following the Constitution, other legislation has been amended to further cement the path to an authoritarian sovereignty and neoconservative ideologies. Aiming to provide introductory information of these changes, discuss their impact in depth, provide an analysis of law and its influence on society, politics, economics and environment, the Development of Russian Law program commences the new series of talks – Russian Law Talks. Every month, we will invite experts and scholars from various disciplines and sectors to discuss the most important and current events in the Russian Legal life.

Read more here:

https://blogs.helsinki.fi/developmentofrussianlaw/category/russian-law-talks/

8) Violations of the Right to Peaceful Assembly for Women and Girls in Russia from 2010 to 2020

(On behalf of OVD-info)

We prepared this review in June as a response to a request from the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association: at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2020, he is preparing to present a report on how women exercise their rights. Our text consists of two parts: the first — answers to the questions of the special rapporteur, the second — a description of the problems and examples which illustrate them.

Read the report here:

https://ovdinfo.org/reports/violations-right-peaceful-assembly-women-and-girls-russia-2010-2020#1

The same in Russian:

https://ovdinfo.org/reports/zhenshchiny-i-svoboda-sobraniy-v-rossii

9) New laws on restrictions of freedom of peaceful assembly

(On behalf of OVD-info)

Dear friends,

On December 23 the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted a multitude of bills, some of which are aimed at regulating the exercise of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. We have prepared an analysis of the main proposals on restricting freedom of peaceful assembly and expression in Russia.

Read our analysis

It features an examination of eight bills, six of which are already adopted by the State Duma deputies and by the Federation Council, as well as signed by the President, the rest passed first reading.

Six bills were submitted by deputy Dmitry Vyatkin and are referred to as “the Vyatkin Package”. These bills involve amendments to the Federal Law “On assemblies, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets” (namely they complicate the procedure to authorize public events, introduce additional restrictions for journalists covering such events and new territorial restrictions for holding assemblies, etc.); to the Russian Code of Administrative Offences (namely increasing current punishments and introducing the new ones for organizers and participants in public events as well as journalists); and to the Russian Criminal Code (increasing the liability for blocking roads and disorderly conduct).

Two other bills are written and submitted by several deputies and senators. They propose amendments to the Federal Law On Information and the Code of Administrative Offences, obliging owners of social media platforms to block information on public events “that are held in violation of the established procedure” and establishing administrative liability for non-compliance.

Earlier, lawyers and analysts from OVD-Info and Moscow Helsinki group have prepared a detailed analysis of some of the legal problems and contradictions concerning these legislative changes.

Read our analysis:

http://kqq7.mjt.lu/lnk/AM0AAI4WNYMAAcn2oVYAALg6KPIAAYCrSrUAJOF0AAlnmgBf7LlZbHo7rOJYS1CLIHFfBtICcAAI6gA/10/SsdA0jXWUVY_t-OZhUM1Ug/aHR0cHM6Ly9vdmRpbmZvLm9yZy9zaXRlcy9kZWZhdWx0L2ZpbGVzL2ZpbGVzL2ZvYV9iaWxsc19ydXNzaWEucGRm

 and detailed examination of the bills:

http://kqq7.mjt.lu/lnk/AM0AAI4WNYMAAcn2oVYAALg6KPIAAYCrSrUAJOF0AAlnmgBf7LlZbHo7rOJYS1CLIHFfBtICcAAI6gA/11/QDFtW757TB-oy5w-rfBT9A/aHR0cHM6Ly9vdmRpbmZvLm9yZy9zaXRlcy9kZWZhdWx0L2ZpbGVzL2ZpbGVzL2ZvYV90YWJsZV9ydXNzaWEucGRm

10) Marianna Muravyeva’s book on Parricide and Violence against parents is out

Marianna Muravyeva’s book on Parricide and Violence against parents is out:

https://www.routledge.com/Parricide-and-Violence-against-Parents-A-Cross-Cultural-View-across-Past/Muravyeva-Shon-Toivo/p/book/9781138048577#:~:text=Author(s)%20Reviews-,Book%20Description,a%20global%20overview%20and%20comparison

11) Alexander Kondakov’s recently published article ‘Sex, Alcohol, and Soul: Violent Reactions to Coming Out after the “Gay Propaganda” Law in Russia’

I’ve just got a new article published. Perhaps, it’s worth including it in the forthcoming newsletter:

Alexander Kondakov and Shtorn, E. have published a new article (2021), Sex, Alcohol, and Soul: Violent Reactions to Coming Out after the “Gay Propaganda” Law in Russia. The article was published in The Russian Review, 80 (1): 37-55.

Read the article here:

https://doi.org/10.1111/russ.12297.

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DRL Newsletter Nov (2020)

Development of Russian Law

Uutiskirje Marraskuu (2020) / Newsletter November (2020)

 

Dear all:

This is the first issue of the newsletter from the project in Development of Russian Law.

Please, check our page here: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/developmentofrussianlaw/. We offer news on publications and events from us and our partners or what we find interesting and relevant. If you are interested in any of the events or would like to disseminate any of the news, do not hesitate to do so.

We also invite you to check our blog and contribute to it. Check our guidelines here: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/developmentofrussianlaw/our-submission-guidelines/.

If you have any questions, please, contact Serafima Karkkila at serafima.karkkila@helsinki.fi. 

Development of Russian Law team

 

Events

1) INEQ research seminar, Poli­cing the Park: Sex Panic, Sur­veil­lance and Neo­lib­eral Urban Governance with Kris Clarke and Marianna Muravyeva, on 19 Nov at 12:15, Porthania P545 and via Zoom

2) On-line Workshop from our sister project Queering Family Violence: setting agenda for queer wellbeing, 1, 3, and 4 Dec 2020

3) National XIX Legal Research Conference 2021: Sustainable and Responsible Law for Society, 26 and 27 Aug 2021 at the University of Lapland

4) Master’s program in Global Governance Law: prepare for 2021 admission campaign – Russian Law is a 2nd year specialisation stream

5) Invitation to EUGenDem online workshop sessions

Public talks: 

6) Marianna Muravyeva talks ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’

7) INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020 – The International Network for Hate Crimes

Publications:

8) Elena Cirkovic’s new article in the German law journal: ‘The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal’

9) FEMINISM, POWER, AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: AN EYE ON THE P5, Marianna Muravyeva’s report on Russia p. 37

10) Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Electronic Journal, Volume 1, Issue 7

11) Alexander Kondakov’s chapter ‘Regulating Desire in Russia’ in the recent publication ‘Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law’

12) Marianna Muravyeva’s chapter on Russia #17 – I Am Not Afraid to Tell: The #MeToo Movement in the Russian Federation – is published in this book!

13) Marianna Muravyeva’s and Alexander Gurkov’s chapter on Digitalization and Russian Law in the forthcoming publication of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

1) INEQ research seminar, Poli­cing the Park: Sex Panic, Sur­veil­lance and Neo­lib­eral Urban Governance with Kris Clarke and Marianna Muravyeva, on 19 Nov at 12:15, Porthania P545 and via Zoom

Poli­cing the Park: Sex Panic, Sur­veil­lance and Neo­lib­eral Urban Governance
This study explores how a police sting that targeted men soliciting sex with other men around public park toilets in Fresno, California led to an increase in the jurisdictional authority of and resources for local law enforcement. These municipal changes included the installation of a surveillance system that stretched well beyond the park toilets and into poor Black and Brown neighborhoods.

By analysing the trajectory of local decision-making about the policing of public parks, we argue that law enforcement and other officials stoked sex panic about same sex erotic activity to cloak other vested interests. Namely, law enforcement invented a criminal threat to enhance its own profession through fiscal and bureaucratic expansion. Sex panic demobilised and delegitimised opposition to these law enforcement efforts even among more liberal public officials.

As a result, the sting fueled ongoing law enforcement practices that targeted poor neighborhoods of colour. Our conclusion considers how exploiting the public’s fear of perilous social disorder distorts the priorities of city government while also strengthening racial and class segregation. 

19 Nov at 12-14 (12:15-13:45), Porthania P545

Discussant: Associate Professor Marianna Muravyeva (UH), law, Aleksanteri Institute
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/ineq-helsinki-inequality-initiative/ineq-research-seminar-autumn-2020#section-94960

2) On-line Workshop from our sister project Queering Family Violence: setting agenda for queer wellbeing, 1, 3, and 4 Dec 2020

Setting agenda for queer wellbeing, 23-27 Nov 2020
The project ‘Queering Family Violence’ (QFV) invites scholars engaging with queer theory, gender studies, social work, law, and sociology to participate in the on-line workshop  ‘Queering Family Violence: setting agenda for queer wellbeing’ which will be held on the 23-27 November 2020. https://blogs.helsinki.fi/queering-family-violence/

3) National XIX Legal Research Conference 2021: Sustainable and Responsible Law for Society, 26 and 27 Aug 2021 at the University of Lapland

National XIX Legal Research Conference 2021: Sustainable and Responsible Law for Society

Sustainability has become a central societal value, pursued through a variety of policy instruments. Often such policy instruments take the form of law and legal regulation. Policies and legal instruments fostering sustainability seem to signal a responsible approach to governing our society. They thus indicate our responsibility to the society and future generations. But what are the implications of such policies and legal instruments, and how to pursue sustainability in a responsible manner though policies and laws? The National XIX Legal Research Conference 2021 will explore these important themes in broad terms and from multiple angles and perspectives.

The conference programme and the call for workshop presentations will be published in January 2021.

26 and 27 August 2021, University of Lapland (Rovaniemi, Finland)

https://www.ulapland.fi/EN/Units/Rovaniemi-Lapland-Congresses/Conferences

4) Master’s program in Global Governance Law: prepare for 2021 admission campaign – Russian Law is a 2nd year specialisation


HOW TO DEAL WITH THE CHAL­LENGES OF GLOB­AL­ISING LAW?
Globalisation has brought about a situation where lawyers are now required to grapple with national, international, European, and transnational laws when they apply norms. In the two-year research-oriented Master’s Programme in Global Governance Law (GGL), you develop the skills to understand and deal with the challenges of globalising law.

You study public international law, European Union law, global administrative law, advanced human rights law and examine for example international institutions, decision-making and governance in the EU. You can also specialise in Russian law, Chinese law or engage in interdisciplinary studies in Global Politics and Communication.

Find out more about the programme structure, content and courses from the link below

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/admissions/degree-programmes/global-governance-law-masters-programme

5) Invitation to EUGenDem online workshop sessions

Welcome to the new EUGenDem series of online workshops starting this December!
As most of us lost the opportunity to meet and discuss our research due to the COVID19 restrictions, we are organizing this series with both academics and practitioners to debate ‘Gender, democracy and polarized politics in Europe’.

Our first workshop ‘European Parliament’s political groups in turbulent times: New research avenues’ will take place on 15 December 2020 at 3PM (EET) on Zoom and feature some key research coming out of the EUGenDem project.

Johanna Kantola: Gender and democracy in European Parliament’s party group practices
Valentine Berthet, Anna Elomäki, and Barbara Gaweda: Political dynamics, power struggles, and intra-group policy formation in the European Parliament
Cherry Miller: ‘Ethno, ethno, what?’ How Parliamentary Ethnography can help us to better understand Parliament’s Political Groups

For more details and to register, please follow the link:

EUGenDem workshop: European Parliament’s political groups in turbulent times: New research avenues

The workshop sessions in 2021 will include talks by key scholars working on the European Parliament; gendered parliaments; democratic backsliding; gender policy issues; impacts of Covid-19 on parliamentary politics and gender policy; and parliamentary ethnography.

Check the program here:

EUGenDem workshop sessions 2020/21: Gender, democracy and polarized politics in Europe

6) Marianna Muravyeva talks ‘Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence’ in the webinar ‘Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic’

Dr. Marianna Muravyeva talks “Pandemic and Gender-Based Violence” in the webinar “Rights, Democracy and Equality in the Shadow of the Pandemic”. Watch the webinar from the link below.

Unitube: https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/4437fa0f-667d-42c8-b414-26cca0a36834

For this webinar and other talks on inequality, click here:
https://www.helsinki.fi/en/ineq-helsinki-inequality-initiative/activities/inequality-talks

7) INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020 – The International Network for Hate Crimes

Alexander Kondakov will be speaking in a conference on hate crime in December 2020:

INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020

INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020 – The International Network for Hate Studies
Hate, Democracy, and Human Rights
INHS Biennial Conference INHS Biennial Conference December 2 & 3, 2020 – The International Network for Hate Studiesfice for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the University of Plymouth. Sessions and Speakers Prior to the Conference a number of video presentations of papers (our asynchronous papers) will be placed…
internationalhatestudies.com

8) Elena Cirkovic’s new article in the German law journal: ‘The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal’

Dr. Elena Cirkovic has published new article in the German law journal titled “The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal”. Read the article here:

https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/publications/the-next-generation-of-international-law-space-ice-and-the-cosmol-2

The latest session of the Space Café
In this session of Space Café “Moriba’s Vox Populi #01/2020” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about topics of relevance to space safety, security, and sustainability with Dr. Elena Cirkovic – Postdoctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute – Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies, Dr. Meredith Rawls – Research Scientist, Department of Astronomy University of Washington, Daniel Ceperley – Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of LeoLabs, Doug Loverro – former associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy.

9) FEMINISM, POWER, AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: AN EYE ON THE P5, Marianna Muravyeva’s report on Russia p. 37

FEMINISM, POWER, AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: AN EYE ON THE P5
What does Feminist Foreign Policy mean for nuclear policy?

The goal of any good Feminist Foreign Policy is to rebalance inequitable hierarchies – and these hierarchies are abundant in nuclear policy. So as the nuclear possessing permanent five members (P5) of the UN Security Council begin to engage with Feminist Foreign Policy, what does this mean for their nuclear policy? Toni Haastrup, Yasmeen Silva, Carina Minami Uchida, Lovely Umayam, and Marianna Muravyeva discuss. (From the official site)

Dr. Marianna Muravyeva’s report on Russia is on p. 37

Read the report here
https://centreforfeministforeignpolicy.org/feminism-power-and-nuclear-weapons-an-eye-on-the-p5

10) Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Electronic Journal, Volume 1, Issue 7

Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Electronic Journal, Volume 1, Issue 7

Click the link below to read the September issue of the electronic journal of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X55-Kyp2xNIBJPt3bfOzA08Pkd-X4iry/view?usp=drivesdk

This issue was edited by Lynda Crowley-Cyr and Marianna Muravyeva, with assistance from Anna Maria Camardo, Fernaz Mohamadi, and Yolanda Ye.

11) Alexander Kondakov’s chapter ‘Regulating Desire in Russia’ in the recent publication ‘Research Handbook on Gender, Sexuality and the Law’

Alexander Kondakov writes about deviancy and illicit constructions in his chapter ‘Regulating desire in Russia’ in the book ‘Gender, Sexuality and the Law’.

Available for purchase here:
https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/research-handbook-on-gender-sexuality-and-the-law-9781788111140.html

12) Marianna Muravyeva’s chapter on Russia #17 – I Am Not Afraid to Tell: The #MeToo Movement in the Russian Federation – is published in this book!

Marianna Muravyeva’s chapter on Russia #17 – I Am Not Afraid to Tell: The #MeToo Movement in the Russian Federation – is published in this book! Intro by Catherine McKinnon

From the official cite
When US activists started using the #MeToo hashtag (as created by Tarana Burke) to speak out against sexual harassment, they joined, and then helped propel, a global movement.

On every continent, women are using the new tools of social media to confront one of the oldest barriers to equality: the threat of violence, including sexual harassment, as a tool of male supremacy. In The Global #MeToo Movement, produced by the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law, 48 authors from 28 countries spanning every continent but Antarctica tell the story of how social media has driven a social movement against sexual harassment, and how the law has responded, often by helping men to push back.

https://www.globalmetoobook.com/

13) Marianna Muravyeva’s and Alexander Gurkov’s chapter on Digitalization and Russian Law in the forthcoming publication of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies:

Book launch – The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies
Join us on 22 October at the virtual book launch to celebrate the publication of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies.
The official description of the book:

“This groundbreaking Handbook, edited by DRS researchers Daria Gritsenko and Mariëlle Wijermars together with Mikhail Kopotev, presents a multidisciplinary perspective on how the ‘digital’ is simultaneously changing Russia and the research methods scholars use to study Russia. It provides a critical update on how Russian society, politics, economy, and culture are reconfigured in the context of ubiquitous connectivity and accounts for the political and societal responses to digitalization. In addition, it answers practical and methodological questions in handling Russian data and a wide array of digital methods.
32 chapters by 42 authors – published in open accessthanks to the generous support of the University of Helsinki.”

Book launch – The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

Dr. Marianna Muravyeva and Alexander Gurkov write about Russian law, digitalisation, and gender

https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030428549#:~:text=Conceptually%20rich%2C%20analytical%20smart%2C%20and,into%20a%20newly%20emerging%20discipline.

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The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal & Space Café

Dr. Elena Cirkovic has published new article in the German law journal titled “The Next Generation of International Law: Space, Ice, and the Cosmolegal Proposal”.

Read the publication here

For more on Space law, see the latest session of Space Café

Description from the official site:

“In this session of Space Café “Moriba’s Vox Populi #01/2020” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about topics of relevance to space safety, security, and sustainability with

Dr. Elena Cirkovic – Postdoctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute – Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies,

Dr. Meredith Rawls – Research Scientist, Department of Astronomy University of Washington,

Daniel Ceperley – Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of LeoLabs,

Doug Loverro – former associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy.”

Read more about the event here

Feminism, Power, and Nuclear Weapons: An Eye on the P5

FEMINISM, POWER, AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: AN EYE ON THE P5

What does Feminist Foreign Policy mean for nuclear policy?

The goal of any good Feminist Foreign Policy is to rebalance inequitable hierarchies – and these hierarchies are abundant in nuclear policy. So as the nuclear possessing permanent five members (P5) of the UN Security Council begin to engage with Feminist Foreign Policy, what does this mean for their nuclear policy? Toni Haastrup, Yasmeen Silva, Carina Minami Uchida, Lovely Umayam, and Marianna Muravyeva discuss. (From the official site)

Our Dr. Marianna Muravyeva’s report on Russia can be found on p. 37

Read the report here!

Book launch – The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

Join us on 22 October at the virtual book launch to celebrate the publication of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies!

https://blogs.helsinki.fi/digital-russia-studies/2020/10/07/book-launch-the-palgrave-handbook-of-digital-russia-studies/

 The official description of the book:

This groundbreaking Handbook, edited by DRS researchers Daria Gritsenko and Mariëlle Wijermars together with Mikhail Kopotev, presents a multidisciplinary perspective on how the ‘digital’ is simultaneously changing Russia and the research methods scholars use to study Russia. It provides a critical update on how Russian society, politics, economy, and culture are reconfigured in the context of ubiquitous connectivity and accounts for the political and societal responses to digitalization. In addition, it answers practical and methodological questions in handling Russian data and a wide array of digital methods.

32 chapters by 42 authors – published in open accessthanks to the generous support of the University of Helsinki.

Our Dr. Marianna Muravyeva writes about Russian law, digitalisation, and gender.