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Title: Prize law, maritime neutrality, and the law of nations in imperial Russia, 1768-1856
Author: Leikin, J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8498 5336
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2016
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My thesis examines the development and use of prize law - an aspect of the law of nations which sanctioned the legal capture of ships and their cargo by warring nations - by the Russian Empire from the 1760s to the 1850s. Russia's development of this legal concept as a method of control over the Baltic and Black Seas seems puzzling. Traditional narratives portray Russia as a land-based empire with military strength, but few of the liberal values that should accompany the notions of due process and justice implicit in the institution of a prize court. However, my dissertation argues that legal rhetoric played an important part in Russia's interactions with other empires. And while the period in question was a crucial one for Russian legal development, culminating in an unprecedented codification project, international legal history - and prize law in particular - remain underdeveloped themes in Russian historiography.
Supervisor: Dixon, S. M. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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