Soviet and Post-Soviet Law: Failed Transition from Socialist Legality to Rule of Law
The question of what is to be considered as legal and antilegal is one of the central questions of legal philosophy. However, its relevance is not restricted to philosophical reasoning only—the dichotomy of legal/antilegal leads to a wide range of discussions in legal science, especially in the field of constitutional law. Political science is involved in these discussions too, since law can be instrumentalized as a means of carrying out political will. The content of this will can be evaluated as to its compliance with certain ethical principles. In this perspective, one can as well examine whether legal norms issued by holders of political power comply with such principles.