Unconventional Russian-English Dictionary of Legal Terms

Lawyers use thousands of specialist words. The task of their translation is not exclusively lexical, in many ways it is cultural: a Russian limited liability company is not the same as an American LLC, arbitration is not ’arbitrazh’ and trial, arguably, does not translate into Russian at all. Trance/Literator is an experiment in creating an unconventional English-Russian dictionary of legal terms.

Forum non conveniens

Forum non conveniens is a discretionary power that allows courts to dismiss a case where another court is much better suited to hear the case. Such dismissal means that a plaintiff has to refile his or her case in the more appropriate forum.

Strictly speaking, Russian courts cannot grant a forum non conveniens dismissal since the jurisdiction of each court is determined by law. At best, the court can transfer a case to another forum if both parties file such a motion on the ground that another forum is closer to the greater part of evidence.

The concept, therefore, does not exist in Russia and the term is not legally defined. We translate it somewhat differently, depending on context, by most often with a whole phrase — «неудобный суд для рассмотрения дела».


See Forfeit.


See Forfeit.