Praised by the Wall Street Journal and many fellow Russian law experts in the 1990s as the Best in the West, Professor William Butler has played a key role in shaping legal developments in the former Soviet Union and in guiding those who practice law in that region.
Twenty-one distinguished international and comparative legal scholars, practitioners, diplomats, judges, and arbitrators from England, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States contribute essays collected in honour of Professor William Butler, assessing his role in the development of legal doctrine, East/West academic and professional relations, legal translation, and legal scholarship generally.
We are happy and proud to be able to resume publication of the Yearbook, now with a broadened perspective. As the title, The Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies indicates the Yearbook now also covers other disciplines than law, in particular political science and economics. Given recent developments in the Eurasian region this enlarged focus is increasingly relevant and important.
In this first issue of the relaunched Yearbook we publish presentations made at a symposium devoted to Russia’s membership in the WTO, a development of potentially great significance both to Russia and the rest of the world. The first issue also contains many other interesting contributions, including articles and notes dealing with Ukraine and the situation there.
The developing relationship between Russia and Ukraine is an area that we will continue to monitor and analyze. The Editors