The project on comparative study of legal cultures examines how people in various historical and cultural contexts construct the meaning of law and how they use it in everyday life.

Marina Kurkchian’s research on legal culture in England, Poland, Bulgaria, and Ukraine has been conducted by means of ethnographic observations of cases in civil courts, focus group discussions with lay people, and in-depth interviews with legal professionals.

At present the focus of her research is Russia. Exploring the interplay of the institutions of law with everyday practices and legal consciousness within distinct periods of Russian history, her task is to grasp the continuities as well as the interruptions that would deepen our understanding of the Russian sociolegal tradition and ground her ongoing study of contemporary Russian legal culture.


  • M Kurkchiyan, 'Civil Courts in Ukraine: a Window into Society ' (2013) Journal of Law and Society (forthcoming)
    ISBN: 1467-6478
  • M Kurkchiyan, 'What to expect from institutional transplants? An experience of setting up media self-regulation in Russia and Bosnia' (2012) 8 International Journal of Law in Context 115
    ISBN: 17445523
  • M Kurkchiyan, 'Perception of Law and Social Order: a Cross-National Comparison of Collective Legal Consciousness' (2011) 29 Wisconsin International Law Journal 102
    ISBN: 0743-7951