Hostname: page-component-8448b6f56d-cfpbc Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-04-22T22:43:13.030Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

Dualism of Ukrainian Commercial Courts: Exploratory Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 October 2014

Get access


This paper aims to explore the core characteristics of the so-called black and white tracks of the dual commercial justice system in Ukraine through a five-year ethnographic case study of the court experiences of selected Ukrainian companies. The empirical findings of this study confirm that the majority of litigants in routine cases have rather positive experiences in the courts, while a minority of the cases are diverted to the black track resulting in justice not being delivered. It is argued that the black track within the Ukrainian judiciary is consciously designed and reinforced by the ruling elite as part of the state governance structure and is subjected to more diverse and contradictory pressures than in Russia. At the same time, this study reveals the astonishing efficiency of the commercial courts in terms of time and cost savings. This zebra-like image suggests that the white ‘stripes’ of the Ukrainian courts are brighter, and the black ‘stripes’ are even darker than commonly perceived.

Copyright © T.M.C. Asser Press and the Authors 2014 

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)