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Plenary Session ‘The Art of Law’

Wednesday, May 15
12:00 - 14:00

Amphitheatre, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Whenever technological development was discussed in conjunction with the future of the legal profession in the past years, the unanimous consensus was that robots would never replace human lawyers because the lawyer’s role is not to issue a formal, standardized opinion but, on the contrary, to facilitate an optimal amicable settlement of, or prevent the conflict by equitable means, which may be as far removed from the standard as the nuances of the legal relationship in question dictate. 

Under the impact of high technology, the legal profession will change, but it will never disappear. The existing legal systems are in for a global transformation. It is difficult to say how far the boundaries of the profession may be pushed, but the ethical fundamentals, values and basic principles of law are here to stay. The legal profession is so much more than an array of skills and algorithms; it is not a job – it’s an art!  

Indeed, the mission of law and the mission of art have a lot in common. Works of art invite people to reflect on the impermanence and finitude of our world and, on the other hand, inspire the eternal striving towards beauty and unshakable faith in virtue. They encourage people to think outside the box and promote the ability to look at things differently. In a time of fast-paced political change, economic crises and technological breakthroughs, lawyers must not forget that their abiding role is to be custodians of the idea of Law, and that the mission of Law is to sustain harmony in the world. 


Olga Sviblova

Founder and Director, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow


Soviet and Russian art expert, film and documentaries director, Doctor of Arts and professor. In 1996, she founded the Moscow House of Photography, which later became the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow; she has been a director there since the institution's establishment.

Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts (2012; Corresponding Member 2007). Honored Artist of the Russian Federation (2018). Member of the Union of Artists of Russia.

Since 1986 he has been making films about art (directing and scriptwriting); Four tapes have won awards of international documentary film festivals.

In 1987, she organized her first exhibition on young Soviet artists, and has since been curator of the numerous art and photo exhibitions, including the foreign ones.

In 2007 and 2009 she was the curator of the Russian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art.

In 2011, Olga Sviblova entered the international ranking of the 100 most influential people in the art world according to the publication Le Journal des Arts, taking 97th place in the list. She is constantly included in the Top 50 of the most influential people in Russian art, which is prepared by the magazine Art Chronicle (in 2012, she was 2nd in the ranking).


Dmitry Medvedev

Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Michelle Bachelet

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Former President of Chile


She studied at the Medical Faculty of the Humboldt University of Berlin, in 1982 she graduated from the University of Chile (surgeon, epidemiologist, pediatrician), in 1996 she completed postgraduate studies at the National Academy of Political Studies of Chile, in 1998 at the John Hopkins National Defense University.

  • 1990 - 1994 - Consultant at WHO.
  • 1994 - 1997 - Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Health of Chile.
  • 2000 - 2002 - Minister of Health of Chile.
  • 1998 - 2002 - Advisor to the Minister of Defense of Chile.
  • 2002 - 2004 - Minister of Defense of Chile.
  • 2006 - 2010 - President of Chile.
  • 2010 - 2013 - UN-Women Executive Director, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • 2014 - 2018 - President of Chile.

She worked actively in the field of public health, social services and women's rights.

On September 1, 2018, she was appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Speaks Spanish, English, German, French and Portuguese.

Divorced, has a son and two daughters.

Neil Kaplan

Founder of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Winy Maas

Dutch Architect, Urbanist


Wilhelmus ‘Winy’ Maas is a Dutch architect, landscape architect, professor and urbanist. In 1993 together with Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries he set up MVRDV.

The first works, such as the Villa VPRO television center in Rotterdam and the WoZoCo residential complex in Amsterdam (this project won the J.A. van Eck Award of the Dutch Architects Association), brought the studio international recognition and new orders worldwide. MVRDV is actively involved in numerous projects in different parts of the world. In particular, the studio and Winy Maas personally worked on such facilities as the Netherlands pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hanover, Logrono Eco-City in Spain, the circulation building in Tokyo, Markthal in Rotterdam and many others.

Today, the studio is actively involved in numerous projects in various parts of the world. MVRDV designed the Dutch pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hanover, the Logrono Eco-City in Spain, the Gyre building in Tokyo and many others.

Winy Maas also founded a research studio at the Delft University of Technology called Why Factory, which deals with fundamental issues. Education in it lasts 1 year (only master's degree), approximately 50-60 regular students take this course annually. In addition to Maas, there are about ten teachers working at Why Factory. 95% of students are not Dutch: about 30% of students are from China, and 20 are from India.

In 2011, Winy was awarded the Order of the Legion of Honor, the most prestigious award in France, for his active participation in the design of the development project in Paris.

Jose Moreno Rodriguez

Former President of the American Association of International Private Law, Professor at Heidelberg Center for Latin America


LL.M Harvard, 1993. Member of the Governing Council of UNIDROIT and Chair of its Working Group on Agricultural Land and Investment Contracts. Member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States and Reporter for its Guide on International Contracts. Member of Annulment Committees at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and acting Arbitrator in accordance with the Permanent Court of Arbitration Rules. Former Member of the International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration. Member of the Working Group of the Hague Conference on Private International Law on the Hague Principles on International Contracts. Former President of the American Association of Private International Law. Professor and Visiting Professor of several universities, among them, Heidelberg and Paris II.

José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez has a Masters in Law Degree (LL.M), Harvard (1993), having received an “A” (Excellent) qualification in his thesis submitted to Professor Emeritus Arthur Taylor von Mehren. He is Doctor in Law (Summa Cum Laude) at the National University of Asunción. He was a Member of the UNIDROIT Governing Council and also Member of the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Court.

He is one of the two Latin Americans of the fifteen experts in the Working Group regarding the Principles of International Contracts and Arbitration of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and was a member of the Special Commission formed on this regard and Representative before the General Council meeting of 2014.

He was also appointed as Expert by the Organization of the American States (OAS) for the training of Judges in the Americas on Arbitration-Law matters. A former Dean, he is currently a Professor in both Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Paraguay and a Graduate Professor at Heidelberg Center Latin America (he has also been invited in such character at the Paris Pantheón-Assas University, the Externado University of Colombia and the University of Buenos Aires, among other institutions).

He has been a speaker in diverse seminars and events in the country, the region, North America, Asia and Europe. He is author of several books and legal articles published in the United States, the UK, Spain, Peru, Colombia, México, Chile, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil on international contracts, arbitration, banking law and capital markets, foreign investments and commercial law, among others.

Wolf Prix

Austrian Designer, One of the Originators of the Deconstructivism


Wolf D. Prix, born in 1942 in Vienna is co-founder, Design Director and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU since 1968. From 1993-2011 Wolf D. Prix has been Professor for Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria.

COOP HIMMELBLAU operating in the fields of art, architecture, urban planning, and design. Based in Vienna and  Los Angeles with projects world-wide. The work represents a wide variety of scales and typologies, in numerous countries the team has realized museums, concert halls, science and office buildings as well as residential buildings.

Wolf Prix received numerous awards including the Great Austrian State Award and the Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art. Wolf D. Prix is counted among the originators of the deconstructivist architecture movement and was awarded with numerous international architecture awards.

The company’s most well-known international projects include the Falkestrasse attic conversion in Vienna, the BMW Welt in Munich, the Akron Art Museum in Ohio, the Central Los Angeles Area High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts, the Busan Cinema Center in Korea and the Dalian International Conference Center in China and the House of Music in Aalborg, Denmark, the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, France, the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) in Shenzhen, China, and the PANEUM – Wunderkammer des Brotes in Asten, Austria.

* The Programme may be subject to change