Comparativistics: The Experience of Modern Russia
The development of the legal system of any contemporary state is the result not only of the political process but also of the way in which advances in legal theory and practice are integrated into that system. Such legal advances tend to provide legally viable recommendations that do not seek to "reinvent the wheel" but can spare a national legal system from commiting errors similar to those observed in other states - to choose soluitons, in other words, that experience has shown to be successful. At issue are not merely specific legal decisiions (concerning, e.g., investments, venture capital funds, etc.), but also the fundamental principles on which a legal system is constructed (priority of human rights, independence over the judiciary, etc.) and the individual elements of which it is composed (trial by jury, separation of powers, social values and the rule of law, etc.).