Professor William Butler
William E. Butler is a jurist and educator, the John Edward Fowler Distinguished Professor of Law, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University (2005-) and Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2006-), and Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law in the University of London (2005-). He is a pre-eminent authority on the legal systems of Russia, other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and Mongolia. He is also extensively involved in the fields of public and private international law. He is the preeminent authority on the law of Russia and other former Soviet republics and the author, co-author, editor, or translator of more than 120 books on Soviet, Russian, Ukrainian and other Commonwealth of Independent States legal systems. Professor William E. Butler is also a former Professor of Comparative Law and Director of The Vinogradoff Institute, UCL.
"The study guide for my own subject is intended to stimulate your mind, raise questions which lead to further questions and invite you to read and review the materials from a more profound perspective as you read and re-read them. That is what learning is all about: not merely the accumulation of information (interesting as it may be) but the use of that information to develop your analytical skills – in this case using Russian Law and Legal Institutions as an entrée to, or exercise in, comparative law."