Project Overview

Everyday law in a Russian suburb, 1695-1730

Faculty Sponsor

Kira Stevens (


Russian & Eurasian Studies


"Everyday Law" is a project in legal history, examining the use of a particlar Russian court of the early 18th century; it was called the Preobrazhenskii prikaz and was located on the outskirts of Moscow near the court of Peter the Great; the Emperor Peter himself occasionally filed claims in the court..  The goal of the project is to code and analyze information to answer such questions as:  Who had the right to use Russian courts?  Did women participate and how?  What kinds of legal procedures were in use --standards of evidence, written documentation, examination of witnesses, for example?  The project is ongoing and has already produced a number of interesting results, particularly about changes over time.  It is my expectation that ths summer's work will pay particular attention to detailing change over time, since there are court records for more than 30 years for this particular court.  

Student Qualifications

Primarily, excellent knoweldge of the Russian language, including the ability to read (reasonably easily) 19th century handwritten Russian--which has a slightly different alphabet and writing conventions than the contemporary language. 
Beyond that, knoweldge of Excel and/or SPSS will be very helpful.

Number of Student Researchers

Two students

Project Length

Eight weeks

Applications open on 01/05/2018 and close on 02/05/2018

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