Ukraine’s Transition from Soviet to Post-Soviet Law: Property as a Lesson in Failed Regulation


  • Paul Babie Adelaide Law School, The University of Adelaide



Abstract: This article traces the parallel developments of the Ukrainian transition from Soviet to post-Soviet law and from state to private property. To do this, the article is divided into four parts. The first examines the transition of the Ukrainian legal system from pre-Soviet to post-Soviet law. The second traces the microcosm of that transition as it occurred through the failed adoption of private property introduced in the law of post-Soviet Ukraine. The third demonstrates that the flawed approach by which private property has been adopted, with little if any real and effective regulation in post-independence Ukraine, has produced negative consequences for the Ukrainian people. The final part concludes.

Keywords: Ukrainian Law, Soviet Law, Civil Law, Post-Soviet Law, Property, Obligation, Regulation


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