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A Revolutionary Feeling of Justice? Emotion and Legal Judgement in Late ‎Imperial and Early Soviet Russia

Oñati Socio-Legal Series. 2019;9(5):596-615


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Journal Title: Oñati Socio-Legal Series

ISSN: 2079-5971 (Online)

Publisher: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

Society/Institution: Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law

LCC Subject Category: Law: Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence: Private international law. Conflict of laws: Social legislation

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Portuguese, French, English, Basque, Spanish

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Pavel Vasilyev (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 16 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This article explores the intellectual history of the concept of &ldquo;feeling of justice&rdquo; and related concepts and the attempts to make them central to legal practice in the context of early 20th century Russia. It starts by tracing the emergence of new modes of thinking about judicial emotion in fin-de-si&egrave;cle Russian Empire and accounts for both international and local influences on these ideas. It further examines the development of these theories after the 1917 Russian Revolution and notes both continuities and ruptures across this revolutionary divide. Finally, the article explores the attempts to put these radical ideas into practice by focusing on the experimental legal model of &ldquo;revolutionary justice&rdquo; that was employed in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1922 which highlights the discrepancies between bold utopian projects and harsh material realities of the revolutionary period.<br /><br /> Este art&iacute;culo trata sobre la historia intelectual del concepto de &ldquo;sentimiento de justicia&rdquo; y conceptos relacionados, y los sit&uacute;a en el centro de la pr&aacute;ctica del derecho en el contexto de la Rusia de principios del siglo XX. Comienza situando el surgimiento de nuevas formas de pensar sobre la emoci&oacute;n judicial en el imperio ruso de fin de siglo, y explica las influencias nacionales e internacionales en esas ideas. Adem&aacute;s, examina el desarrollo de dichas teor&iacute;as tras la Revoluci&oacute;n Rusa de 1917, y hace notar continuidades y rupturas a lo largo de la fractura revolucionaria. Por &uacute;ltimo, el art&iacute;culo analiza los intentos de llevar esas ideas radicales a la pr&aacute;ctica, atendiendo al modelo jur&iacute;dico experimental de &ldquo;justicia revolucionaria&rdquo; que se utiliz&oacute; en la Rusia sovi&eacute;tica entre 1917 y 1922 y que subraya las discrepancias entre los audaces proyectos ut&oacute;picos y las duras realidades materiales del per&iacute;odo revolucionario. <br /><br /> <strong>Available from:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank"></a>