William E. ButlerApril 2021 — Now so substantial that two volumes (1200+ pages) are required for the English-language version of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, Professor William E. Butler updated his earlier text of five years ago to accommodate literally thousands of changes introduced in the interim period up to 1 February 2021.

Sometimes described as the “economic constitution” of post-Soviet Russia, the Civil Code embodies the essence of the legal transition away from a socialist to a market-oriented legal system that nonetheless preserves the essence of the Russian legal tradition. Legal translation is the foundation of comparative law, and this version is long-established as an important source for legal practitioners and legal scholars.

The translation is available from Talbot Publishing in Clark, New Jersey, as part of their new series devoted to Russian, East European, and Eurasian Codes.

Professor William Butler is the John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law; Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law, University College London; and Foreign Member, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine; and the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences; Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law; member, American Law Institute. He recently published International Law in the Russian Legal System (Oxford University Press, 2020) and Chapter 11 in T. E. Carbonneau, W. E. Butler, and H. A. Blair, International Litigation: Cases and Materials (3d ed.; West, 2020).