Peter Solomon

Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science
Affiliated Faculty, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies






Room 110N, 1 Devonshire Place


Peter H. Solomon, Jr. (PhD Columbia University) is Professor of Political Science, Law and Criminology, University of Toronto. He specializes in post-Soviet politics and in the politics of law and courts in various countries, including Canada and the USA. Author of Soviet Criminologists and Criminal Policy (1978); Criminal Justice Policy: From Research to Reform (1983), Soviet Criminal Justice under Stalin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996

[a Russian-language edition Sovetskaia iustitsiia pri Staline was published by “ROSSPEN” in 1998 and reprinted in 2008]

); Reforming Justice in Russia, 1864-1996: Power, Culture, and the Limits of Legal Order (Armonk, NY: Sharpe, 1997), editor and contributor; Courts and Transition in Russia: The Challenge of Judicial Reform (Boulder CO: Westview Press, 2000) with Todd Foglesong; Crime, Criminal Justice, and Criminology in Post-Soviet Ukraine (2001) with Todd Foglesong. Professor Solomon’s current research includes: judicial and legal reform in contemporary Russia and Ukraine; and law and courts in authoritarian and transitional states. He has been an active participant in judicial reform projects, including the Canada-Russia Judicial Partnership (2000-2008) and the Canada-Ukraine Judicial Cooperation Project (2006- 2014), both funded by CIDA. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institut prava i publichnoi politiki (Moscow) and the editorial boards of three journals, and a former Director of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.


Criminal policy and policy-making
Criminal law and procedure in the post-soviet world
Judicial and legal reform in contemporary Russia and Ukraine
Law and courts in authoritarian and transitional states


Ph. D – Columbia University, (1973)

M.A. – Columbia University, (1967)

B.A – Harvard College, magna cum laude, (1964)

selected publications

“The Accountability of Judges in Post-Communist States: From Bureaucratic to Professional Accountability,” Judicial Independence in Transition, edited y Anja Seibert Fohr (Heidelberg: Springer, 2012, 909-936, and in Russian as “Podotchetnost sudei v postkommunisticheskikh gosudarstvakh: ot biurokraticheskoi k professionalnoi podotchetnosti,” Pravo i pravoprimenenie v Rossii: mezhditsiplinarynye issledovaniia, edited by V. Volkov (Moscow: Statut, 2011), 80-107.

“Plea Bargaining Russian Style,” Demokratizatsiya, 20:3 (Summer 2012), 282-99, and in Russian as “Sdelka s pravosudiem v Rossii: osobyi poriadok sudebnogo razbiratelstva,” in  Kak sud’i prinimaiut resheniia: empiricheskie issledovaniia prava, ed. V.V. Volkov (Moscow; Statut, 2012), 156-76..

“Law and Courts in Authoritarian States,” in the International Encyclopedia of Social and Behaivoral Sciences, 2nd edition (electronic), 2015.

“Understanding the History of Soviet Criminal Justice: The Contribution of Archives and Other Sources,” in The Russian Review (2015)

`Post-Soviet Criminal Justice: The Persistence of Distorted neo-inquisitorialism,` in Theoretical Criminology (2015).


Government, Law and Politics in Russia
Politics and Crime

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