Iago Khvichia

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Football, Religion and the Separation of Powers

"Five days shalt thou labour, as the Bible says. The seventh day is the Lord thy God's. The sixth day is for football." Anthony BurgessIt has been a long time since state power, on the level of constitutions, was separated into the legislative, executive and judicial branches. However, it should be obvious from the title of this article that I am not going to speak about the tractate of Charles-Louis de Montesquieu. In any case, much has been written about that and saying anything new...

How to Draft a Soviet Law

One may think that drafting a Soviet law is an easy task. Not at all. Neither high qualifications nor a good education is sufficient to that end. The process is much like a good art school graduate dreaming about creating a masterpiece. Something much more is required to achieve this "great" goal – the person drafting it must be of the right kind and have an internal hunch, because the difference between "masterpieces" and ordinary, good paintings lies in small details.To illustrate the above...

Instead of Equality…

On 27 January 2014, the Government of Georgia issued Decree #117 on the adoption of “The Rule for the Implementation of Several Measures for Partial Compensation of Damages Caused by the Soviet Totalitarian Regime to Religious Associations in Georgia.”Trying to determine plans and hopes that underlie the authoring of this normative act does not seem easy, nor is it simple to predict what result the enactment of this document will have because the second article of the decree, which sets forth...

The State versus “Shylocks”

On 25 December 2013, the Parliament of Georgia adopted the draft Law on Amendments to the Civil Code of Georgia, or to put it simply, it amended the Civil Code.The essence of these legislative amendments target those private lenders who benefit from money lending, but represent neither commercial banks and microfinance organizations nor non-banking depository institutions.Having familiarized oneself with these amendments, it is very easy to guess what the initiators of this legislative change...

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