The Socialist Constitutional Legacy in Central Asia


The Socialist Constitutional Legacy in Central Asia

Room 920, Level 9,
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street


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Using Uzbekistan as a case study, this seminar will first outline the foundational concepts of constitutions in socialist systems. In socialist theory, constitutional review was viewed as a bourgeois concept that frustrated the will of the people. For this reason, the only form of constitutional review was the late socialist idea of a constitutional supervision committee attached to the legislature that wielded only advisory powers. The seminar will then explore how this socialist suspicion of judicial review has shaped the direction of constitutional law in Uzbekistan, including the reception of western constitutional ideas. The seminar will ultimately demonstrate the challenges of building constitutionalism in post-socialist settings.

Presented by the Constitution Transformation Network (ConTransNet).


  • Dr Aziz Ismatov
    Dr Aziz Ismatov, Designated Lecturer