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Alexandra Orlova

Alexandra Orlova

Title:

Criminology

Office:

Department of Criminology

Specialization:

Department of Criminology

Biography:

One of Dr. Orlova’s current projects is examining the concept of “proportionality” and how it should be developing in Russian constitutional law.  This project will analyze the decision of the Russian Constitutional Court to uphold the 2013 federal law that outlaws “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations to minors.” It will examine the deficiencies in the Court’s proportionality analysis, as well as argue that the Russian concept of “proportionality” should align itself closely with the European concept, as is evidenced by the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.  This research project will additionally examine how international norms interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights should be impacting Russian constitutional law practice. While these questions have been raised by both Russian and Western scholars in the context of other cases, there is currently an absence of meaningful debate around these issues when it comes to nonheterosexual rights. The current research is aimed at filling in this gap.

Another one of Dr. Orlova’s research projects deals with difficulties of tackling corruption in the context of the Eastern European construction industry.  This project will involve interviews with managers, foremen and labourers of small, medium and large construction companies and analysis of their views in terms of why standardized assessment measures designed to reduce individualized discretion and to create greater transparency and investor control of the construction process have consistently failed in achieving their aims.

Department:

One of Dr. Orlova’s current projects is examining the concept of “proportionality” and how it should be developing in Russian constitutional law.