With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian legal system opened up for study in the West. However, there is little research of Russian legal theory, and translation available in English. As legal translators, it is apparent that legal documents are not created in a vacuum, but are products of the culture’s history and values. And, in order to translate these documents, translators must be aware of the source culture’s legal tradition and how it manifests itself into the documents.
Under the guidance of Dr. Tatyana Bystrova I engaged in a multi part systematic analysis of Russian law and legal texts. First, I extensively researched Russian history, culture, and linguistics, and found its basis in Russian law. Second, I translated many different legal documents from Bills of Sale to the Russian Constitution. Then, I analyzed these documents and qualitatively compared them against their American counterparts. Finally, I detailed how these above factors impact the documents.
This research demonstrated the complexities of Russian legal theory and its implications for students of legal translation. Many translation students primarily study broad translation theory, which is taught amongst students studying various language pairs. But, they may lack education in advanced practical applications of theory, especially in an esoteric subset of translation. This research aims to provide this practical demonstration.
By undertaking this research future legal translators are able to have a strong corpus of legal texts to which they can refer during their education.
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of the Russian market to foreign businesses, the need for skilled legal translators became incredibly important. Unfortunately, for most translators, their education consists of broad theory along side students of various language pairs. And, there is a very little practical instruction in Russian Legal Translation. Through the research of Russian Legal Theory and through the translation of many different legal text types, I have created a corpus which can be used for teaching and reference purposes for students of Russian Legal Translation.
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Elliott Palmer is an Honors student studying Russian Literature, Culture, and Translation here at Kent State University. As the current President of the Russian Language and Culture Society he and the rest of the organization work to promote the Russian program and cultural learning. Each year he competes in the Olympiada of spoken Russian, coming in second place last year. Under Dr. Tatyana Bystrova, he researches Russian legal theory and its application in legal documents. Each semester he has been on the Dean’s List. Elliott played on the Rugby Club during his Freshman year. Outside of University, he worked as an Intensive English teacher overseas in Georgia. Currently he works as a Nurse Orderly. He has been commended for providing above and beyond for the ill and underserved of his community.
Palmer, E. (2019). An Investigation of Russian Law and Legal Translation. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/8095
Palmer, Elliott. 2019. “An Investigation of Russian Law and Legal Translation”. https://oaks.kent.edu/node/8095.
Palmer, E. An Investigation of Russian Law and Legal Translation. 9 Apr. 2019, https://oaks.kent.edu/node/8095.