Case Law of the Supreme Courts in Post-Soviet Legal Systems




case law, judicial precedent, unification of judicial practice, separation of state power, Soviet law, post-Soviet law


The article is dedicated to introduction of case law of the supreme courts in post-Soviet legal systems and the issues thereof. The author analyzes the means of unifying judicial practice by regulatory explanations of the supreme courts in Soviet legal systems. The thesis that such practices negatively affected the independence of the judiciary and generated formalism and passivity of the judiciary was justified. The author clarifies, which post-Soviet countries still have such regulatory explanations, and which ones have refused them and how that was done. The legal provisions, which introduced case law in such post-Soviet legal systems as Azerbaijan, Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine are analyzed. The author states the necessity of further research of mechanisms for ensuring case law practice in post-Soviet legal systems.

Author Biography

Nazar Stetsyk

Dr. iur.
Faculty of Law, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
Assistant Professor at the Department of Theory and Philosophy of Law




How to Cite

Stetsyk, N. (2018). Case Law of the Supreme Courts in Post-Soviet Legal Systems. Journal of the University of Latvia. Law, (11), 62–76.