On Friday, May 18, Aleksandr Konovalov, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation and Head of the SPILF Organizing Committee, presented awards to the winners of the annual SPILF Law Students Essay Contest. "As the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation justly noted, you embody the recurring topic of the Forum - the future of the legal profession. You are the future of this job, you are nation's best lawyers right now or, like the most of you, will be the nation's best very soon," noted Aleksandr Konovalov in his welcome address of the award ceremony.
This year, the topic of the essay contest was the 20 th anniversary of the Russian ratification of the European Convention on Human Rights. The contest was won by Kirill Gulyayev, 4 th-year student of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, with an essay entitled "Implementation Has a Beginning But Has No End". Winner of the second prize was Sergey Garkusha-Bozhko, 1 st-year master student of the St Petersburg State University, with an essay entitled "Future Development of the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights as Applied to Disputed Territories". Winner of the third prize was Roman Bronnikov, 3 rd-year student of the St Petersburg Higher School of Economics, with an essay entitled "European Court of Human Rights and Evolutive Interpretation: Issues in Judgment Enforcement".
Aleksandr Konovalov also congratulated the team of young lawyers who won the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. "This team of young lawyers won a prestigious contest, which is basically the Youth Nobel Prize. We are delighted to follow the achievements of the younger generation of lawyers. We witness that they already have their say in the legal world, in the legal practice, and our Forum contributes to this," emphasized the Minister.
The prize winners will have the opportunity to do an internship at the Strasbourg office of Mikhail Galperin, Representative of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights. "I hope you will be spending most of your time at the ECHR and not on the Alsace Wine Route. I wish success to all young people present here. May the Forum be a real milestone in your life, both professional and personal, may it give you a strong impulse and motivation for your future development. You are top-notch in your environment, in your age and your area of activity, which gives you an excellent starting position to become the best lawyers worldwide," Mr. Konovalov concluded.
The Law Students Essay Contest was first held at the St Petersburg International Legal Forum in 2016. The contest accepts submissions from bachelor, master and specialist-degree students of all forms of higher education. The first prize is 200,000 rubles, the second prize is 100,000 rubles. Third prize winners receive 50,000 rubles.