Chair of Theory of State and Law and Political Science

Chairholder: Prof. Mikhail N. Marchenko

Teaching activity

Central areas of the chair’s focus

  • Methodological issues of theory of State and law
  • Most topical issues of theory of State and law, including issues of legal consciousness and law-making, sources of law, legal accountability, human rights and freedoms
  • Comparative legal science (general part)

Academic subjects areas

  • Theory of State and law
  • History of political and legal doctrines

Special courses:

  • Law and economy: theoretical aspects (Assoc. Prof. T.R. Orekhova)
  • Comparative legal science (general part) (Prof. M.N. Marchenko)
  • Theoretical aspects of the origin, content and resolution of issues pertaining to the right of the individual (Assoc. Prof. A.G. Berezhnov)

Research

Theory of State and law performs both an academic and (indirectly) a pragmatic function. The course of theory of State and law and political science is a perfect combination of fundamental material and traditional approaches to the study of realities of political life with innovative approaches. The Chair of Theory of State and Law and political science trains highly-qualified specialists in theory of State and law, and political scientists.

Key areas of research:

  • Methodological issues of theory of State and law
  • Most topical issues of theory of State and law, including issues of legal consciousness and law-making, sources of law, legal accountability, human rights and freedoms
  • Comparative legal science (general part)

Currently, the chair faculty hold seminars in theory of State and law (including for those who study for a second university degree at the Law School) and history of political and legal doctrines; additionally, there is a general course of lectures open to all students of the Law School, special courses for chair majors, overview lectures for students of the 5th year, and classes are taught at the Geneva-based department of the Law School.

Every year, the chair invites PhD students — educators and research staffers from universities of various cities across Russia. On a regular basis, the chair organizes research conferences, sessions of academic and research groups, interesting meetings with prominent politicians, statesmen and members of the academia. Wide discussions of textbooks prepared by the chair faculty are initiated among the teaching staff, students, graduate students and PhD students; scholarly and methodological knowledge is shared in presentations and reports made at chair staff meetings.

The Chair of Theory of State and Law and Political Science has a political science research lab engaged in the pursuit of top priority areas of academic research and in practical research activities.

Educators, PhD students and graduate students of the chair are actively involved in the work on their Candidate of Science and PhD theses, take part in various workshops, research groups, conferences, training courses, do research in theory of State and law and in history of political and legal doctrines.

The chair had collaborated with prominent scholars, such as M. Baymakhanov and many other specialists.

The matters of legitimacy, rule of law and statecraft are very important in a period when a modern-day State is built. Specialists in theory of State and law are required in all areas of social activities.

The scope of use for the knowledge received in this domain of theory of State and law is huge and multifaceted. Specialists who graduate from the Chair of Theory of State and Law and Political Science can find employment both in the public service sector and in international organizations. The civic sector also offers vast opportunities for the use of that knowledge. The list of chair graduates has prominent political figures who occupy senior positions in public service, and highly qualified scholars of Russia and foreign countries: A.I. Denisov, V.D. Zorkin, A.I. Lukyanov, E.V. Kuzmin, I.S. Samoschenko, A.F. Shebanov and others.