We are glad to present you the 59th issue of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Digest.
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As preparation gains momentum for the VII SPBILF, we have put a series of conferences in the pipeline to address a number of issues of urgent concern for legal services professionals and for the business community. The agenda addressed by the conferences, and the outputs of the debates will lay down a solid foundation, on which the planners will build as they design roundtables for the Forum’s executive programme in 2017.
Conferences are hosted by the new project – LF Academy – the online information and educational resource for legal services professionals. The core mission of LF Academy is to disseminate legal expertise of the highest quality, coming from the leading lights of the legal profession.
As partners in hosting the upcoming conferences, we are proud to be joined by the best in different fields of law, who are steady participants of SPILF roundtable debates. Our partners represent the pertinent government regulators, academia, professionals groups and associations and, last but not least, the business community.
► The premiere conference of the series will be devoted to the reform of Russia’s arbitration law. The conference, Arbitration in Focus. Why It’s Time to Resort to Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution, will take place at St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya Hotel on 20 October.
► Russia and China are drawing closer to each other economically, as well as politically. In keeping with our tradition of addressing the agendas that make a difference for the marketplace, we will be hosting the conference entitled Russia and China: Partners by Law on October 27. Support for this conference comes from the Russia-China Legal Society.
► The third conference of the series, scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg on November 21, will be quite unique. Art market dealers, museum professionals, collectors and government officials will assemble at the General Staff Affiliate of the State Hermitage to discuss the import/export and market circulation of cultural artefacts.
As a corollary to having planned the SPBILF executive programme in partnership with government regulators for many years, this time it was our collaborative idea to stage the conferences under a shared aegis. Mutually rewarding relations with the business community constitute a priority development vector for SPBILF. We are continually in dialogue with our partners on the Forum’s executive programme, addressing issues of particular relevance to the marketplace, and assisting in the building of interfaces between the government and the business community.
There are just over 15 conferences on our current schedule, which have been tentatively preapproved. The regulators Rostekhnadzor, Roskomnadzor, Rostrud, Rosfinmonitoring and the Skolkovo School of Management will be joining us as co-hosts in addition to our customary partners Rospotrebnadzor, Rosreestr, Rospatent, Antimonopoly Service, Taxation Service, Central Bank, Skolkovo Foundation and the Federal Office of Court Bailiffs.
In 2016, SPILF Organizing Committee introduced a new format aimed at expanding the audience of not only viewers, but also participants of the Forum's programme discussions.
The project was called Legal Forum Live: legal communities from Russia and the CIS countries held their own events accompanied by broadcasts of the Forum's sessions. The Forum had 2,000 remote participants from 33 cities.
Together with organizers of the SPILF regional venues, we have summarized events' results and gladly share them with you. Follow our updates.
Tiumen State University
The State University of Tiumen in Novy Urengoi, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, hosted an LF Live project event for its Law and Public and Municipal Administration professors, researchers and students, also attended by members of the local legal community. The event featured online viewing of the plenary session, lectures and roundtables of the 6th St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.
The introduction to the content of the Forum provided a valuable addition to the expertise of the practicing and future lawyers present, offering a broader perspective on the international legal agenda.
The participants and hosts of the event thanked SPILF for this opportunity to hear top scholars, internationally renowned lawyers, high-ranking politicians and influential public figures speak.
By joining the Forum online, the Tiumen University branch located in this subarctic region benefitted from an experience of international-class online communication.
Siberian Institute of Business and Information Technology
The roundtable on the subject of Innovation and the Problems of Teaching Legal Subjects, organized by the Siberian Institute of Business and Information Technology under the auspices of the 6th St. Petersburg International Legal Forum and the international Legal Forum Live (LFL) initiative, was held on 18 May 2016.
The roundtable was attended by an audience of 24, consisting of professors and researchers from the institutions of higher and secondary vocational schooling, and practicing lawyers.
The moderator, Svetlana Volf, Senior Lecturer in the Theory and History of Statehood and Law at the Siberian Institute of Business and Information Technology, opened the roundtable with an introductory address, defining the core mission and objectives of the 6th SPILF and the international Legal Forum Live project. Ms. Volf stressed the SPILF effort in promoting the progress of modern legal science and legal education in Russia and beyond, which was the inspiration for the choice of the roundtable topic.
The presentations made and discussed at the roundtable were:
The participants continued to discuss the presentations through their coffee break, which was offered in the VIP room of the institute’s cafeteria.
The roundtable continued with the watching of an online session of the conference, International Best Practice in Legal Higher Schooling, staged as part of the 6th SPILF. The issues raised by the participants of the conference were subsequently debated with interest by the roundtable audience. As rightfully noted by the roundtable moderator, the issues slated for debates at the roundtable coincided with the issues emphasized by the conference.
The roundtable outputs were summed up in a resolution to persevere in the propagation of a new lawyer training model, based on a practice-oriented approach to learning, interactive learning methods, and the use of online educational resources and academic mobility opportunities.
On 19 May 2016, the law students of the Siberian Institute of Business and Information Technology watched and discussed the lecture, Confidence in Law as a Way to Resolving Global Crises, delivered by the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation Valery Zorkin.
The participants of the roundtable and the President of the Siberian Institute of Business and Information Technology Sergei Grisko, who spoke for the institute’s administration, thanked the Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum for its commitment to partnership, as manifested in this opportunity for the Siberian Institute of Business and Information Technology to contribute to such a notable and beneficial event.
Sochi State University
The faculty of Sochi State University and over 100 of its students attended the conference entitled International Best Practice in Legal Higher Schooling, held on 18 May 2016 in the university’s reading hall as part of the Legal Forum Live initiative.
The conference brought up the challenges associated with modernizing higher education in law, which are currently much debated in Russia and beyond in the context of new economic and social realities, the advancement of information technology, and national policy-making priorities. The focus was on a new lawyer training model, based on a practice-oriented approach to learning, interactive learning methods, and the use of online educational resources and academic mobility opportunities.
Syktyvkar State University
On 19 May 2016, the faculty and second and third-year students of the School of Law of Pitirim Sorokin State University of Syktyvkar joined the 6th St. Petersburg International Legal Forum online by hearing the lecture, Confidence in Law as a Way to Resolving Global Crises, delivered by the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation Valery Zorkin. The lecture was received with great interest by Russia’s legal services community.
Their online attendance at the 6th SPILF introduced the professors and students of Syktyvkar University, at no financial cost and without much investment of time, to the legal position of the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of Russia, which prizes law as a tool of countering lawlessness.