PhD start seminar: Tolibjon Mustafoev
PhD candidates at the Sociology of Law Department hold three seminars during their education - a start-up seminar, a mid-seminar, and a final seminar. Participation in seminars is an essential part of the PhD education to fully reach the learning outcomes. The seminars are always in English.
Law and Society in Authoritarian Regimes: Socio-Legal Insights from a Post-Soviet Context
There is a prevalent view within academic and policy circles that the law ‘does not work’ in authoritarian regimes. This understanding is explained by referring to the institutional and legal landscape of authoritarian regimes marked by dysfunctional institutions, weak rule-of-law, widespread corruption, poor human rights record and weak civil society. This proposed PhD thesis puts forward an argument that the operation of the law in authoritarian regime contexts is contingent upon situational, affective, temporal and spatial factors. These processes will be explored in the context of Uzbekistan, an authoritarian regime in post-Soviet Central Asia transitioning from a heavily closed to softer forms of authoritarianism, akin to a hybrid political regime.
This is a compilation thesis in the sociology of law and consists of four articles, preliminarily titled:
- Legal Mobilization in Uncertain and Fluid Legal Environment: Case Study of Female Entrepreneurs Operating in the Field of Child Care in Uzbekistan
- Informality, Business Environment and Legal Reform in Weak Rule-of-Law Contexts
- The Political Economy of Administrative Law Reform in Non-Democratic Regimes: Socio-Legal Analysis of Administrative Court Cases in Uzbekistan
- Informal Politics of Legal Reform in Authoritarian Regimes: Case Study of Uzbekistan
Tolibjon Mustafoev holds a BA (honours) in Commercial Law awarded University of Westminster (UK) (teaching institution is WIUT), and an LL.M. in Anticorruption Studies from the Academy of the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Before becoming a PhD student, he was a research fellow affiliated with the Sociology of Law Department within the research project Central Asian Law: Business Environment and Legal Cultures.