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Zhenis Kembayev – Legal Aspects of the Regional Integration in the Post-Soviet Area


Legal Aspects of the Regional Integration Processes in the Post-Soviet Area, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2009, 217 S, ISBN 978-3-540-87651-9


The aim of this dissertation is to analyze legal aspects of the regional integration processes in the post-soviet area. Structurally, the dissertation consists of four parts, the conclusion as well as the table of legal sources and the bibliography.

Part I of this dissertation addresses and analyzes three important issues regarding the regional integration: first, the meanings of “regions” and “regionalization”; secondly, the meaning of “integration”, and thirdly, the meaning of “regional integration agreements (RIAs)”. It sets the theoretical stage for the analysis in the succeeding parts of the dissertation. 

Part II analyzes the legal and political background of the integration processes in the post-soviet area between the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It examines the legal issues of the emergence of the CIS as well as the legal nature and the institutional framework of the CIS. Subsequently, the dissertation focuses on the two major spheres of cooperation between the CIS member states: first, in the military-political field and second, in the sphere of economic activities. 

Part III considers closely the integration processes in the framework of the Russian-Belarusian Union and the Eurasian Economic Community. This part deals with the legal status and the institutional framework of both organizations and particularly focuses on their main purpose – the formation of a single economic space. 

Part IV evaluates the RIAs in the post-soviet area created outside of the Russian control. First, it will analyze regional integration schemes formed by the former Soviet republics in Central Asia. Second, this part discusses the legal status and institutional framework of GUAM, an international organization created by Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova as an alternative to the regional integration projects influenced by Russia. 

Finally, the dissertation contains conclusive remarks with respect to the prospects and perspectives of the integration processes in the Post-Soviet area.