3rd St. Petersburg International Legal Forum

21 May 2013

Representatives of 63 countries participated in the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, which was held from 15 to 18 May 2013. Present at the event were 25 official delegations, headed by their countries’ ministers and deputy ministers, including from the Netherlands, Hungary, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Egypt and Kazakhstan. Also in attendance at the Forum this year were over 2,500 lawyers, researchers, business and government representatives.

Business events of the 3rd St. Petersburg International Legal Forum were organised at two historical sites. For example, a plenary session on Competition and the Cooperation of Legal Systems: the Role of Law In Ensuring the Development of Society, State and Economy took place with the attendance of the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and was held at the new concert venue of the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre. The discussions of the other two working days of the Forum took place in the East Wing of the Headquarters Building of State Hermitage.

“The Forum has already become a traditional venue for discussing the key issues of legal practice in different sectors and specializations of the legal profession. This year we have continued this approach. The Forum not only brings together judges, lawyers and academic researchers, but also representatives of all legal professions. Furthermore, the quality of discussion is guaranteed by the high reputation of speakers invited, who come to speak at the round tables or to moderate them. We do not chase after record-breaking numbers of participants. Were it our purpose, we could gather 5,000 people, or more. But our task is to provide quality discussion and create favourable conditions for the dialogue,” — said the Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov.

The business programme of the Forum included 56 discussion sessions. The list of roundtable topics included nuclear, medical and sports law, as well as the legal aspects of the protection of cultural heritage.

Over the days the experts discussed the most pressing issues on the agenda within 10 subject tracks. In particular, round-table discussions were devoted to various aspects of corporate practice, public law, law practice management, and standards of the legal profession, as well as litigation and arbitration practices, finance and investment, telecommunications and innovation, and notarial practice.

“The Forum was a success: it had a widening geographical scope, each time we have more countries and significantly more participants. But more importantly: the Forum participants are very interested in professional discussions, and they are all high-class specialists, all without exception”, — said Deputy Minister of Justice Elena Borisenko.

A new feature of the 2013 programme were satellite events organised by the Forum’s partners. Traditionally, the guests of the Forum enjoy an organised cultural programme. On the first day of the Forum, the delegates had a chance to see two legendary single-act ballets from the beginning of the XX century: The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and The Prodigal Son by George Balanchine, performed at the new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. At the same time, the opera lovers were able to hear Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, at the legendary home-stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The final bow of the Forum was a closing gala dinner at the Mikhailovsky Manege and the world-famous Snow Show of Slava Polunin.

The 3rd St. Petersburg International Legal Forum was supported by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

News prepared using material from www.spblegalforum.ru

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