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December 16, 2017

Introduction to International Arbitration by CIArb and the Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration

The Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration together with European Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) hosted on the ground of International and Comparative Law Research Center an Introductory Course to International Arbitration. The course takes place for the first time in Russia.
CIArb was founded in 1915 and now has over 13,000 members in more than 100 countries. CIArb organizes various workshops and conferences aimed at providing arbitrators with a profound knowledge of international arbitration all around the world.
The Course organized by the Arbitration Center and CIArb covers the essential basics of international arbitration: main principles, arbitration agreements, competence of an arbitral tribunal, enforceability of an arbitral award, etc. George Lambrou (partner at Thomas Cooper LLP, London) and Francis Xavier SC (partner at Rajah & Tann LLP, Singapore) are the leading tutors of the Course.

December 8-9, 2017

European Human Rights Moot Court Competition Moscow Pre-Moot (ECHRMCC Moscow Pre-Moot)

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The ELSA St Petersburg and International and Comparative Law Research Center held the first in Russia ECHRMCC Pre-Moot.
The European Human Rights Moot Court Competition (EHRMCC) is one of the biggest and prestigious human rights moot court competitions in Europe. The organizers are the European Law Student Association (ELSA International) and the Council of Europe. The EHRMCC consists of two rounds:

  • First round: written submissions for an applicant and a respondent. The best 20 teams will be selected for the second round based on results of the first round;
  • Second round: oral submissions of the applicant’s and respondent’s positions taking place at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
Before the start of the competition the participants were welcomed by Representative of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights – Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Mikhail Galperin and Head of the international law practice group at Ivanyan & Partners Vasily Torkanovsky.
Six teams from St. Petersburg University (2 teams), Ural State Law University, University of Zagreb (Croatia), University of Niš (Serbia), Trinity College, University of Dublin (Ireland) took part in the pre-moot, that took place in the International and Comparative Law Research Center.
The winner of the Moscow pre-moot is the team from Trinity College, University of Dublin.

November 30 - December 3, 2017

The First International Law Moot Court Competition "Dispute Resolution in the Eurasian Economic Union – 2017"

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On November 30 – December 03б 2017 the Russian State University of Justice with support of International and Comparative Law Research Center, organized oral rounds of the first International Law Moot Court Competition "Dispute resolution in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)". The goal of the Moot Court is to foster formation of a new generation of highly qualified lawyers in the field of international law in the EAEU member states.
The experts and judges of the Moot Court were employees of the bodies of the EAEU, judges of the EAEU and judges of the Russian Supreme Court, national and foreign experts in the field of international law.
Case of 2017 is focused on interconnection between the EAEU Law and human rights in bioethics perspective. The choice of the core subject as bioethics is not accidental. This year is the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention for the protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (the Oviedo Convention).
Participants of the Moot Court followed the two-stage procedure of dispute resolution within the EAEU: written negotiations with the Eurasian economic commission (written stage) and dispute resolution in the EAEU Court (oral stage). The 12 teams out of 16 teams applied to the competition took part in the oral rounds according to the results of the written stage. Oral rounds were held in International and Comparative Law Research Center, Moscow. The language of the Moot Court was Russian – the official language of the EAEU.
Among teams of oral rounds were teams from Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova.
The winners of the oral stage of the Moot Court are Russian State University of Justice (1st place), Ural State Law University (2nd place), Higher School of Economics (3rd place), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (4th place).
The winners for the best written memorandum are Higher School of Economics (1st place), Ural State Law University (2nd place), St. Petersburg State University (3rd place).
The members of the Ural State Law University team (Krivun V., Nazarkova E., Tarasov M.) got all individual prizes for best speaker.
Viktoria Krivun took first place as the best speaker of the Moot Court and received the right for study-visit to the Bioethics Unit of the Council of Europe.
All participants noticed that such experience is unique and very useful for young lawyers.
II Moot Court "Dispute resolution in the EAEU" will be held in 2018. Further information on the Moot Court can be obtained from the moot court administrator P.P. Myslivsky (phone: +375 33 389 43 79, e-mail: eurasianmoot2017@gmail.com).

October 27, 2017

Conference
Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: enhancing the dialogue

Minister Session 1 Session 2

Organizers: International and Comparative Law Research Center and LF Academy with support of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.
The Conference was opened with the welcome addresses of Alexander Konovalov, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe, Andrey Klishas, Chairman, Committee for constitutional legislation and state construction, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. The speakers were:

  • Yury Berestnev – Chief Editor of the “Bulletin of the European Court of Human Rights”;
  • Natalia Brady – Registry, European Court of Human Rights;
  • Philippe Boillat – Head of the Directorate General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law of the Council of Europe (until 2017);
  • Dmitry Dedov – elected Judge from Russian Federation, European Court of Human Rights;
  • Aleksey Ispolinov – Ph.D, Head of the Department of International Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University;
  • Alexey Kartsov – Leading advisor, Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation;
  • Anatoliy Kovler – Head of the Centre for problems of integration and international cooperation of the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, Judge of ECHR from 1998 to 2012;
  • Genevieve Mayer – Head of the Department of Execution of Judgements of the European Court of Human Rights, Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe;
  • Michele de Salvia – Former Jurisconsult, European Court of Human Rights;
  • Anita Soboleva – Associate professor, Department of theory and history of law, National Research Institute «HSE»;
  • Robert Spano – Judge, Section President, European Court of Human Rights;
  • Vasily Torkanovsky – Head of the international law practice group at Ivanyan & Partners;
  • Mikhail Fedotov – Adviser to the President of Russian Federation, Chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.
Closing remarks were made by Mikhail Galperin, Representative of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights – Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation.

October 26, 2017

Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: meeting with students

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By joining the Convention on protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, the Russian Federation made commitment to ensure people being under its jurisdiction the rights and freedoms that are established in this international treaty, and also recognized the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights and the binding authority of its provisions.
The functioning of the Convention mechanism has introduced significant positive changes into the legal system of the Russian Federation, revealing, however, several problems in the relationship between Russia and the ECHR.
The meeting of the former judge of the European Court of Human Rights Anatoliy Kovler, the Commissioner of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights Mikhail Galperin, the representative of the Council of Europe Mikhail Lobov and students of Law Schools was devoted to the discussion of this topic.
During the meeting students were be able to receive the experts’ subject answers to еtheir points of interest, and then to conduct a debate and offer their fresh perspective on ways to improve the Convention mechanisms.

October 24, 2017

Modern arbitration LIVE
Discussion on arbitration in comparative perspective
Third Party Funding in Arbitration

Discussing one of the most topical issues in arbitration in 2017 – third party funding:
  • What are the prospects for TPF in Russia?
  • Why has Hong Kong enacted special legislation about TPF in arbitration?
  • Which are the ethical aspects of TPF and does TPF cause any conflict of interest among arbitrators, counsels and funders?
  • How does TPF affect legal market?
  • Should TPF affect allocation of costs between the parties to arbitration?
  • Who provides financing and how is it regulated?
  • How to find a TPF provider?
The leading practitioners from Russia and Hong Kong, that had recently adopted new TPF legislation, discussed these and some other practical questions concerning TPF in arbitration.

September 29-30, 2017

St Petersburg FDI Pre-Moot

The first Russian FDI pre-moot took place in St. Petersburg during September 29-30 gathering four Russian teams and one from France. The pre-moot has been won by MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations). The teams got opportunity to test their arguments, discuss complex issues with colleagues and get a feedback from arbitrators.

September 28, 2017

The Discussion sessions "Counter-Terrorism: Legal Challenges and Regional Approaches"

On September 28 International and Comparative Law Research Center together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation for the Russian Federation, Belarus and Moldova held on their platforms the Discussion sessions "Counter-Terrorism: Legal Challenges and Regional Approaches".
Guests were welcomed by opening speeches of Gauthier Lefèvre, Deputy Head of the Regional Delegation ICRC and Ekaterina Sorokovaya, General Director of the Center.
The sessions were moderated by Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law, Judge (retired) of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda, Irina Kobrinskaya, Head of Centre for Situational Analysis, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russian Academy of Sciences, Vera Rusinova, Doctor of Law, Professor, Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
Presenting experts among others include:

  • Kenneth Watkin, Brigadier-General (Ret’d) QC;
  • Andrea Bianchi, Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies;
  • Uzeyir Mammadov, PhD In Law, Associate Professor, Kazan Federal University;
  • Vladimir Bulatov, President of the Interregional Public Organization of Veterans of Special Purpose Units «Avangard», Major General (retired);
  • Martin A. Ewi, Senior Researcher, International Crime in Africa Programme, Institute for security studies;
  • Yan St-Pierre, CEO, Counter-Terrorism Advisor, The Modern Security Consulting Group MOSECON GmbH;
  • Emiliano Buis, Tenured Adjunct Professor in International Law, University of Buenos Aires;
  • Leonid Isaev, PhD in political science, Vice-Head of the Laboratory for Monitoring the Risks of Socio-Political Destabilization, Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics;
  • Petr Koronevsky, Chief of Directorate for Countering Threats and Challenges, Secretariat of the Collective Security Treaty Organization;
  • Natalia Sokolova, acting head of the International Law Department, the Head of the Scientific Activities Management department at the Kutafin Moscow State Law University;
  • Sergey Golubok, Attorney, Partner, Double Bridge Law, Member of the Council of St. Petersburg Bar Association;
  • Yuval Ginbar, Legal Advisor, Amnesty International;
  • Marс Maurer, Protection Coordinator, ICRC Regional Delegation for the Russian Federation, Belarus and Moldova.
Participants shared their experience, discussed issues of the legal regime of counter terrorism operations, regional approaches to combating terrorism and legal status of terrorists.

June 29, 2017

International Law Day

The International Law Day Academic Seminar was attended by 65 speakers and guests, including 29 young scientists and a delegation from the Legal Departments of the UN Security Council permanent member states Foreign Ministries, members of the International Law in the XXI Century Award Committee, leading international law experts from prestigious Russian Universities, representatives of non-profit organizations, Russian government bodies and major Russian companies.
The seminar was opened by a welcome address by Makhail Galperin, authorized representative of the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights, which was followed by a presentation by Michael Swainston, barrister, Brick Court Chambers. The first part of the event was concluded with an address by Ekaterina Sorokovaya who presented the Center.
It was followed by a Q&A session with the heads of the Legal Departments of the UN Security Council permanent member states Foreign Ministries.
The third part of the event featured the opening of the Center’s library with an address by Ivana Khrdlichkova, President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The International Law Day was closed with the presentation of the International Law in the XXI Century Award and a speech by Baktiyar Tuzmukhamedov, judge of the Appeals Chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunals for Ruanda and the former Yugoslavia (2012-2016).

June 22, 2017

Tallinn Manual 2.0 Roundtable

The event analyzed Tallinn Manual 2.0 as recently published and discussed practical application of its provisions to specific cases with due regard, among other things, to new technologies and threats.
During the event invited speakers held following presentations:

  • Andrey Kozik on Work of Tallinn Manual 2.0 International Group of Experts;
  • Kriangsak Kittichaisaree on Attribution of Cyber Operations;
  • Zhixiong Huang on Obligation of Due Diligence;
  • Vera Rusinova on Cyber Space and Human Rights Law;
  • Matvey Voytov on Cyber Attacks on Industrial Infrastructure – a New Challenge for Cyber Security.
Moreover, during the event Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Russian Federation Kriangsak Kittichaisaree held the presentation of his new book Public International Law of Cyberspace.

May 19, 2017

International Bankruptcy Forum. Session on cross-border bankruptcy

The session highlighted international community achievements in promoting general principles of cross-border bankruptcy, worldwide application of cross-border bankruptcy provisions, most disputable matters related to the resolution of cross-border bankruptcy issues and the positive impact on countries that apply the generally recognized principles.
The sessions were moderated by Chief Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court/District of Colorado (ret.) Sidney Brooks and Associate Professor, International Law Department, Russian State University of Justice Elena Mokhova.
The experts were:

  • Christoph Paulus – Professor, Humboldt-University at Berlin;
  • Adolfo Rouillon – Judge (Retired), Civil and Commercial Court of Appeals, Rosario, Province of Santa Fe, Argentina;
  • Renaud Sorieul – Secretary, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL);
  • Irina Narysheva – Partner, Head of Legal Services, KPMG Russia & CIS, JSC KPMG;
  • Vasily Torkanovskiy – Partner, Law Practice Group "Ivanyan & Partners";
  • Edward H. Davis – Founding Partner, Astigarraga Davis;
  • Yuliya Medvedeva – Director of Expert and Analytics department, Deposit Insurance Agency.