Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

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| Editors: Mortimer Sellers, Stephan Kirste


  • Mikhail AntonovEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_460-1

Pyotr Ivanovich Stuchka (Pēteris Stučka) was born on 26 July 1865 in a peasant family in a village near to Riga. In 1888 he graduated from the law faculty of Saint Petersburg University and began working as an assistant attorney in Riga, specializing in criminal law. In 1903, Stuchka joins the Bolshevik party and actively engages into the revolutionary activities. After the 1917 Revolution, he is one of the leading Soviet lawyers. Stuchka becomes law professor at the Moscow University, and he is the first minister of justice of the Bolshevik government. From 1923 until his death, he is the chairman of the Supreme Court of the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic (the RSFSR). Stuchka dies on 25 January 1932.

Stuchka’s ideas did not remain on a purely theoretical level but triggered a series of controversial reforms. Among these reforms one can mention the abolishment of the laws of the Imperial Russia to the extent they do not fit the revolutionary legal consciousness and the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsSt PetersburgRussia

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  • Gianfrancesco Zanetti
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  1. 1.Department of LawUniversità degli Studi di Modena e Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly