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Project on Constitutional Monitoring (2011-2014)

About Project

What is shown to us: real life or a beautiful picture?

Rene Magritte. The Human Condition (1934) From the book: Gimferrer P. Magritte. Barcelona: Ediciones Poligrafa, S.A., 1986
Published by: Jury Baturin. Constitutional Sketches – M.: Institute of Law and Public Policy, 2008

In advance of the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Constitution of the Russian Federation the issues relating to the effectiveness and, moreover, to the real role of the Russian Constitution become more and more topical. In this regard, two opposite approaches are adopted: the apologetic one, according to which there is no problem at all, since formally the Constitution is still in force, and its norms are not being breached overtly; and a nihilistic one, which assumes that the Russian Constitution has been turned into an idle decoration. As such, questions of constitutional monitoring and the search for criteria of assessment, as well as identifying constitutional standards and ‘possible angles of deviation’ from them in the very close future, can and must be included in the current political agenda. In essence, this involves an elaboration of a new direction in analysis – a ‘constitutiometry’.

Mission: to carry out an independent and, as much as possible, impartial constitutional monitoring of the state of constitutional order in Russia, the subject of which will be the realization of fundamental principles set as the basis of the constitutional system in the contemporary Russian Constitution, such as: democracy; the rule of law state; separation of powers; federalism; guarantees of local self-government; market economy; welfare state; secular state; and principles of fairness such as proportionality and equal rights.

Aims:

  • To develop a methodology of monitoring constitutional processes, which will be used subsequently for tracing achievements and the evaluation of problems while implementing constitutional principles in Russia;
  • To initiate and support an expert discussion on the questions of the realization of fundamental principles fixed as the basis of the Russian constitutional system;
  • To prepare an analytical report ‘Twenty Years on the Way to Democracy: Strengthening Constitutional Order in Today’s Russia’, which will be published in December 2013 and will contain expert recommendations for the state and society.

 
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