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Location & Connections


Visiting Fellows 2016-2017

Åse B. Grødeland, Fafo, Oslo, Norway
Russian legal culture
(mid-November 2016 - mid-January 2017)

Åse B. Grødeland is Senior Researcher at Fafo (Oslo). She holds a PhD and an M.Phil from University of Glasgow and a Cand.Mag-degree from University of Oslo. Grødeland has previously held positions at University of Glasgow, the Norwegian Institute of Urban and Regional Research (Oslo), and the Chr. Michelsen Institute (Bergen). From 2001-02 she was based at the International Crisis Group’s Central Asia office in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, where she worked as Senior Analyst.

Grødeland’s research primarily focuses on corruption, covering petty- and grand corruption, as well as informal practice and corruption in a wide range of countries in the Former Soviet Union, East Central Europe, South East Europe and the West Balkans. In recent years she has primarily conducted research on legal culture in various countries across Europe. Her most recent book, European legal cultures in Transition (co-authored with W. L. Miller), was published by Cambridge University Press last year. 

Short description of ongoing research:
During my stay at the Aleksanteri Institute I will be working on a monograph on Russian legal culture. The monograph, which will be co-authored by Professor Leslie T. Holmes and myself, will be based on partial data collected as part of an international research project entitled ‘Legal Culture, Corruption and Law Enforcement: the Russian Case’. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s NORRUSS-program and carried out in collaboration with University of Melbourne (Professor Leslie T. Holmes), University of Maryland (Professor Eric Uslaner), The Kryshtanovskaya Laboratory (Dr Olga Kryshtanovskaya) and Levada.  

Project team members are currently working on several project publications, including two monographs. Whilst in Helsinki I will be working on three chapters for one of these monographs: Chapters on the Concept/Meaning of Law; on the Role/Status of Law and on External Influences on Russian Legal Culture. More specifically, I will conduct a literature survey (English & Russian language sources) on Russian legal culture more generally, and on notions of law, the role of law and legal transfers. I will also draft my part of the three chapters of the monograph – combining findings from the literature survey with partial qualitative and quantitative data collected in the Russian Federation as part of our project.

Email: Ase.B.Grodeland[AT]

Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Anna-Liisa Heusala, Vladimir Gel'man