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St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize

Short-list of the 2018 St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize (in order of date of acceptance):

  1. ‘The Lex Mercatoria in Theory and Practice’ by Orsolya Toth
  2. ‘Trademark and Unfair Competition Conflicts’ by Tim Dornis
  3. ‘Accessory Liability’ by Paul S Davies
  4. ‘Il Contratto di Affidamento Fiduciario’ by Maurizio Lupoi
  5. ‘The Europeanisation of English Tort Law’ by Paula Giliker
  6. ‘Money Awards in Contract Law’ by David Winterton
  7. ‘Exclusive Jurisdiction in Intellectual Property’ by Benedetta Ubertazzi
  8. ‘Proof of Causation in Tort Law’ by Alexander Steel

Laureate of the 2018 St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize will be announced on May 15, 2018 during the Ceremony within the Welcome Evening of the VIII St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.


Nomination for the 2019 Prize

The nomination for the St. Petersburg International Private Law Prize 2019 is open till June 15, 2018. The Prize is awarded to outstanding academic works in the field of Russian and/or foreign private law or private international law. Comparative law papers are also eligible. The nomination is open to monographs published since 1 January 2016 (Textbooks or commentaries may not be nominated)

How to apply*:

  1. Fill in the registration form on the SPBILF website or send by e-mail to awards@spblegalforum.com the information about the Nomination Organization and the nominated academic work
  2. Attach the following documents:
    • Letter from the Nomination Organization**
    • Full text
    • CV of the authors (including contact information and nationality )
    • Author’s acceptance to participate in the contest
    • Summary of the academic work (2 pages)




* All the rules are mentioned in the Guidelines of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize

**List of Nominating Institutions is published in Annex 2 of the Guidelines



SPBILF Private Law Prize

On May 17, 2017 the ceremony announcing the St Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize was held during VII St Petersburg International Legal Forum.

The conferral of this truly global academic award is intended as a testimony of its winner’s ultimate academic excellence, while the cash prize component is meant to advance the realization of the laureate’s ideas of worldwide significance

The Expert Committee of the Prize consists of academics of worldwide renown – those who set the trends in modern legal science and whose works have raised generations of contemporary lawyers.



  • Anton Asoskov
    Professor, Department of Civil Law, Faculty of Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Professor, Alexeev Private Law Research Centre under the President of the Russian Federation
  • Jürgen Basedow
    Director emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law
  • Michael Bonell
    Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Jay L. Westbrook
    Benno C. Schmidt Chair Of Business Law, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Graham Virgo
    Professor of English Private Law, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, University of Cambridge
  • Roy Goode
    Emeritus Professor of Law and Emeritus Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford University and Honorary President of Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
  • Enrico del Prato
    Dean of the Law Department - Full Professor of Civil Law, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Rémy Cabrillac
    Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Montpellier
  • Akira Kawamura
    Of Counsel Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Past President of International Bar Association and President of the Japan Association of Arbitrators
  • Takeshi Kojima
    Former President of Toin Yokohama University, Prof. Emeritus Chuo University
  • Vincent Lamanda
    Former First President of the Court of Cassation of France
  • Ken Oliphant
    Professor of Tort Law and Deputy Head of School, University of Bristol
  • Marta Pertegás
    Professor of Private International and Transnational Law at the Maastricht University, Professor of Law at University of Antwerp
  • John Finnis
    FBA, QC (hon), Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy (Emeritus), University of Oxford; Biolchini Family Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame du Lac
  • Weixing Shen
    Professor and Dean of Tsinghua Law School
  • Timothy Endicott
    Professor of Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford

The privilege to nominate candidates for the Prize is reserved for the world’s foremost universities, the leaders in global academic rankings.

We firmly believe that the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Prize will become an internationally recognized benchmark of academic achievement in private law, while the implementation of the prize winners’ outstanding ideas will contribute to making this world a fairer and better place.

The financial award amounts to 10 million rubles.


The acceptance of academic works for the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize 2018 is finished.


Guidelines of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize

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