GLS Events

Fall 2015


  • September 29, 2015: GLS speaker series on Global & Comparative Law, "The European Migrant Crisis - Factual Background, Legal Challenges, Political Perspectives," by Thilo Marauhn, University of Giessen. 4:00pm-5:30pm, Lubar Commons. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • September 30, 2015: "Structural Inequalities and Poverty: Organizing for Economic Rights in India," The J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa lecture delivered by Renana Jhabvala, SEWA, India, 4:00pm, AT&T Room, Pyle Center


  • October 5, 2015: South Asia Legal Studies Working Group, book chapter by Sumudu Atapattu, Noon-1:00pm, 7205 Law, a light lunch will be provided

  • October 8, 2015: GLS speaker series on Global & Comparative Law, "American Security through International Insecurity," by Anna Spain Bradley, University of Colorado. 12:00pm-1:15pm, Lubar Commons. Lunch will be provided.

  • October 22, 2015: Ninth annual South Asia Legal Studies Pre-conference workshop.
    Call for panel proposals

  • October 28, 2015: "Law and Criminal Justice in Russia" with Professors Vadim Volkov and Dmitrii Skougarevskii, 10:00am-1:30pm. Hosted by Professor Kathie Hendley. Cosponsored by CREECA. 
    • Abstract: This paper conducts the first analysis of sentencing disparities related to social characteristics of offenders in Russia. It uses the dataset of sentencing decisions consisting of over 5 million observations representing the entire population of defendants between 2009-2013. The analysis focuses on all felony cases processed by Federal district courts (2,905,608 individuals) and estimates sentencing disparities (decisions to imprison and sentence length) related to general social status characteristics of offenders as well as to finer occupational differences. The Russian Criminal Code prescribes that judges should account for the personality of the defendant and his or her family condition, but does not specify how this should be done in practice. Controlling for major legal characteristics of offense and offender as well as for judge-level variation, the analysis shows sentencing disparities connected with gender, unemployment, citizenship local residence, marital status, and occupational status defendants. Disparities are explained with reference to different origins. Thus, a more severe punishment of law enforcement employees for premeditated crimes corresponds to the legal rule; a harsher treatment of the unemployed and a more lenient sentencing of marrie defendants are interpreted with reference to legitimate concerns about repeated offending. Extra-legal bias is manifested in the more severe punishment of private entrepreneurs and softer punishment of college students. Sentencing disparities are also estimated at different values of sentence length. 
    • Paper available Volkov, Vadim (December 2016). Legal and Extralegal Origins of Sentencing Disparities: Evidence from Russia's Criminal Courts. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Vol. 13, Issue 4, pp.637-665.
    • "Is Pleading a Bargain when it is Restricted to Less Severe Crimes and is Implicit?" by Dmitrii Skougarevskii
    • "Judges and Sentencing in Russia: Empirical Evidence," by Professor Vadim Volkov with comments by Cecelia Klingele


  • November 2, 2015: South Asia Legal Studies Working Group, Noon-1:00pm, 7205 Law, a light lunch will be provided
  • November 5-7, 2015: "New Politics of Human Rights: Crossing Disciplines, Regions, and Issues," organized by the Human Rights Program, Pyle Center


December 7, 2015: South Asia Legal Studies Working Group, Noon-1:00pm, 7205 Law, a light lunch will be provided

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