Russia and Ukraine: Courting change
A series of laws are currently being drafted in Russia with a view to establishing a set of specific courts for certain types of disputes, including financial services, intellectual property (IP) rights or tax. The creation of the IP court - which is likely to be the first one established, since the draft law has been already submitted to the Parliament by Russia's Supreme Court - caused some controversy in the country. It is also likely to have a significant impact for the international community if it goes ahead as planned, paving the way for a new finance court.
With almost double the cases as two years ago, Russia’s court system needs to undergo a reformation to improve the quality of its judgments. Maxim Kulkov sets out the case for a new, specialised court structure
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