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The Summer School on Public International Law is now open!
02 August 2021

The Summer School will be held online again because of the continuing unstable epidemiological situation.

This year, the Summer School experts are Rüdiger Wolfrum, Judge (ret.) at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Anna Joubin-Bret, the Secretary of UNCITRAL, Samuel Wordsworth QC, Catharine Titi, Research Associate Professor at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) – CERSA, University Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Sergey Usoskin, Russian advocate focusing on international disputes, Makane Moïse Mbengue, Head of the Department of Public International Law and International Organization at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva.

Above that, guest lectures will be delivered by Roman Kolodkin, Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Martina Polasek, Deputy Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, Evgeniy Zagainov, Director of the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, and Anna Joubin-Bret.

In addition to the official part of the program, entertaining events are prepared for the attendees.

Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya delivered a lecture for SKOLKOVO Energy Summer School
30 July 2021

She presented an overview of the mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in various jurisdictions — the European Union, Canada, Brazil, China, Mexico, and Russia — including emissions trading systems. Also, Ekaterina told about the introduction of cross-border carbon regulation in the EU aimed at preventing the “carbon leakage” effect.
In addition, the ICLRC Deputy General Director, Victoria Manko, answered the questions of the Energy Summer School students regarding foreign experience in the opportunities to use the forest potential of our country for decarbonization, sources of financing and measures to stimulate investment in decarbonization for fuel and energy companies, potential regulatory measures, and also the role of scientific organizations and think tanks in the decarbonization process.

Announcement of the competition for the International Law in the XXI Century Award (2021-2022)
30 July 2021

We are happy to announce the eighth annual International Law in the XXI Century Award for the best research paper on public international law.

The competition is conducted in accordance with the Regulations of the Competition and the Submission Rules, as well as the established practice.

Papers can be submitted either in Russian or English and should address any public international law issue.

Assessing submitted papers, the Council of the Award takes into account in-depth research in a selected subject, novelty and practical value of findings, the quality of analysis of the applicable law, the usage of up-to-date doctrine, the logic and clarity of writing, and the extent to which thesis statements formulated by an author are well-founded and reasoned.

The Library of the International and Comparative Law Research Center is open and ready to assist contestants by providing access to literature needed for the preparation and submission of their papers (email: prize@iclrc.ru).

Key requirements for the papers and contestants

The papers accepted for participation in the Competition shall be:

  • prepared by one author;
  • not published previously, or published no earlier than January 1, 2021;
  • of 1-2 author’s sheets (40,000-80,000 characters);
  • not submitted to the Competition previously (it is not recommended to submit papers substantially repeating those that were previously submitted to the Competition).

Only citizens of the Russian Federation under 35 years old, who completed higher legal education in law and/or hold a postgraduate degree in law, are eligible to take part in the Competition.

Please, note that plagiarism is unacceptable. The Organizer checks the papers for plagiarism, including by using special automated systems. The Council of the Award will be informed about cases of plagiarism and incorrect citation.

The award

The winner receives the International Law in the XXI Century Award, a diploma, and a prize of 300,000 RUB. The winning papers of the previous contests can be found on the Award’s webpage.

The timeline

The paper and other necessary materials must be submitted by March 9, 2022.

The results will be announced no later than June 30, 2022, if not specified otherwise in accordance with the Regulations of the Competition.

New note: Trade aspects of CBAM (in Russian)
29 July 2021
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New research: Legal Regulation of Certain Issues Related to Vaccination
22 July 2021

Vaccination is one of the most important tools for combating infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The legal regulation of certain issues related to the development and production of vaccines and the vaccination process exists at the universal, regional, and national levels. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to determine whether the existing regulation is effective and identify ways to improve it.

The International and Comparative Law Research Center prepared a research, the purpose of which was to find effective mechanisms for legal regulation of certain issues related to the development and production of vaccines and the vaccination process at the universal, regional, and national levels. It examines international legal regulation at the universal and regional levels, including the law of the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union, as well as the legislation of seven states: the Russian Federation, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, China, and India.

Key conclusions

To date, international legal regulation at the universal level does not contain legally binding norms regulating the issues of immunoprophylaxis of infectious diseases, research and development of vaccines. In this regard, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global public health emergency, the principles of state cooperation, mutual assistance, and solidarity come to the fore.

For example, in the absence of the resources necessary for conducting clinical trials, a large number of States are interested in gaining access to vaccines against new infectious diseases, including COVID-19. In this regard, at the international level, the procedure for mutual recognition of studies to register a vaccine could be simplified with the increase of its transparency.

At the same time, given the shortage of medicines, including vaccines, during the COVID-19 pandemic, some States and regional associations temporarily restricted or banned their export. Despite the fact that, as a general rule, quantitative restrictions are prohibited in international law, there are some exceptions that have been used to introduce them. At the same time, in any case, the introduction of temporary restrictions should result from the urgent need of the situation and has to be carried out in compliance with the proportionality principle. Otherwise, such restrictions may contradict both the UN principles and Sustainable Development Goals and other international legal obligations of States.

From the human rights perspective, the failure of a State to take all reasonable measures to treat infected persons, as well as to ensure that all citizens can receive a vaccine, may lead to a violation of the State’s obligation of due diligence and the exercise of the right to life.

In the context of human rights, the question of the legality of issuing passports or certificates of vaccination against COVID-19 granting the right of free movement also arises. Issuing such documents exclusively to persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may lead to discrimination against those who have not been vaccinated. The granting of different scope of rights to individuals depending on the vaccination should be based on a legitimate goal and a fair balance between protecting the interests of society as a whole and respecting the rights and freedoms of a particular person or group of persons. Compliance with these criteria will prevent violation of the principle of non-discrimination.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EAEU law did not have a significant impact on aspects related to the creation, registration, introduction into civil circulation, import, and export of vaccines against COVID-19.

In 2021, the Russian Federation introduced amendments to civil legislation, expanding the competence of the Government to allow the use of an invention, including medicines, without the consent of the patent owner in case of extreme necessity related to the protection of life and health of citizens. The removal of patent protection in an emergency situation is not only consistent with the provisions of international law but also allows ensuring the safety of life and health of the population of other States by providing the opportunity to use technologies for the production of vaccines and other medicines without any obstacles.

The study of national regulation also revealed a tendency to limit the responsibility of the COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers due to insufficient grounds for it.

In general, the legal regulation of vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic represents a unique experience of applying existing legislation and legislation adopted during the pandemic in the context of a health emergency.

The analysis of the relevant national legal regulation has demonstrated the need for its harmonization by taking into account the experience of other States in the development and introduction of COVID-19 vaccines into civil circulation. Considering that States and large pharmaceutical companies have been making efforts to harmonize the standards for conducting clinical research and developing medicines over the past years, the proposal to adopt a model law could be relevant.

New Arrivals in the ICLRC Library
13 July 2021

The Library of the Center has received more than 100 books on international public and private law, international commercial arbitration, the legal status of the Arctic, WTO law, cyber technology law, and other subject areas. Some of the literature is written in the French language.

The library now has a rare novelty — “Private International Law. Collection of National Codifications” («Международное частное право. Сборник национальных кодификаций»). The book is a collection of translations of national codifications of private international law of more than 100 jurisdictions into Russian.

The book was kindly donated by its compiler and editor Vadim Plekhanov, Candidate of Legal Sciences, Master of Private Law.

You can get acquainted with the book in the library or purchase it by contacting private.international.law@gmail.com.

The ICLRC conducted the annual International Law Day
09 July 2021

On June 25, the International and Comparative Law Research Center conducted the annual International Law Day. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held online.

In her opening speech, the Center’s General Director, Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya, welcomed the audience and participants and spoke about some of the results of the Center’s work over the past year. She noted the Center’s active participation in three UNCITRAL Working Groups as an independent observer and the expansion of partner contacts with a number of universities and expert organizations, among which there are the National Research University Higher School of Economics, the WTO Expertise Center, and Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University.

Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya spoke about the project “Digest of Russian Practice in International Law”, in which the Center cooperates with universities and expert organizations throughout Russia. She also announced that this year, the Summer School on Public International Law will be held in an online format due to the current epidemiological situation.

After that, Roman Kolodkin, Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and Center’s Advisor on Public International Law, delivered a lecture “Regulatory Proposals of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea”, followed by a discussion of the questions asked by the audience.

The second part of the event was dedicated to the seventh annual International Law in the XXI Century Award for the best research paper on public international law. This year, the Council of the Award decided to mark outstanding works rather than choosing the winners.

The authors of the outstanding works were announced by the Chair of the Award, Natalia Sokolova:

  • Sofya Pimenova (Interim measures in the practice of the International Court of Justice);
  • Olga Starshinova (Is the MPIA a Real Practical Solution to Overcome the WTO Appellate Body Crisis?);
  • Marina Mayer (The ‘Journey’ of Rehabilitation in International Criminal Law and Beyond: From Sentencing Goal to Precondition for Reconciliation);
  • Kseniia Soloveva (Exceptio inadimplenti contractus in International Law: Dead or Alive? The Status of the Exception in Contemporary International Law);
  • Tigran Oganesian (Personal dignity and carriages: conditions of transportation of prisoners in Russian literature and in the positions of the European Court of Human Rights).
Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya partook in the international webinar on COVID-19 measures implemented by States
18 June 2021

On June 18, 2021, the International and Comparative Law Research Center, together with UNCITRAL and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation, held the Webinar on COVID-19 Measures Implemented by States.

Representatives of state delegations, international governmental and non-governmental organizations took part in the discussion.

Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya, the ICLRC General Director, welcomed the participants of the webinar and presented several conclusions of the research “COVID-19 — Test for the World’s  Legal Systems”.

The main topics of discussion were measures with regard to bankruptcy and insolvency, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, e-commerce, transport and logistics, public procurement, etc.

New research: COVID-19 — Test for the World's Legal Systems
18 June 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not only become a global health and economic challenge but has also raised the questions of the sufficiency of emergency regulations at the international and national levels and the selection of the most effective response measures. What regulation has been applied to the COVID-19 pandemic at the international, regional, and national levels in various States? How has such legislation evolved in the context of the pandemic? What measures have been introduced to support organizations and citizens as well as to prevent the spread of the virus and mitigate the consequences of the pandemic? The new ICLRC research answers these questions and its results can be used to improve existing regulation, introduce the best approaches and practices for the prevention and response to emergencies, including in the health sector, in the future.

The key conclusions:

  • At the universal and regional levels, including within the framework of the EAEU, there is no detailed regulation of relations arising in connection with emergency situations. The creation of relevant international regulations or guidelines would have allowed States to make decisions more quickly and in a more balanced manner.
  • A common feature of the legislation of all the examined States is the possibility of introducing special legal regimes in the event of an emergency. Special legislation providing for regulation in the case of the spread of infectious diseases specifically was adopted in a number of States before the COVID-19 pandemic and during it and has proved to be necessary.
  • The decentralization of decision-making and the risk-based approach can provide the most effective response to emergency situations such as COVID-19.
  • States should be able to exercise judicial control over compliance with the criteria of necessity and proportionality when imposing restrictive measures.
  • In general, Russia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is in line with the global approaches both in the field of regulation and in the context of specific measures to support the population and organizations and counter the spread of the virus.
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15 June 2021
Jean-Claude Knebeler will speak at SPIEF
28 May 2021

On June 3, head of Sustainable Development Department Jean-Claude Knebeler will take part in the Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021 at the panel discussion “2021 is the year of creative economy: how soon before human capital replaces petroleum?”.

Other speakers of this event: First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office of the Russian Federation Sergey Kirienko, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar H.E. Sheikha Alya bint Ahmed Al Thani, Head of Qatar Museums and Doha Film Institute H.E. Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Professor of Berlin University of Arts Stefan Klein, General Director of the V–A–C Foundation Teresa Mavica.

For more details, visit the SPIEF website – https://forumspb.com/en/programme/business-programme/91468/?ELEMENT_ID=91468.

Jean-Claude Knebeler participated in the "Ecology" Forum
26 May 2021

On May 25, Head of Sustainable Development Department at the International and Comparative Law Research Center Jean-Claude Knebeler participated in the XII International Forum "Ecology". At the discussion panel “ESG Agenda in Russia: Trends and Nuances”, he discussed the role of Russia in mitigating the environmental impact of human activities, the importance of ESG in increasing the attractiveness of Russian companies, as well as the factor of international integration in the development of the country in a decarbonized world.

Jean-Claude highlighted Russia’s key role in mitigating the environmental impact of humanity on the planet. “As a major supplier of energy and natural resources, Russia has a special responsibility not only to the global community but also its own citizens,” he said.

As for the importance of ESG in increasing the attractiveness of Russian companies, he noted that the companies started to understand “what they need to show to the market, what story to tell investors and what to do in order be credible” and pointed out the need to take the international experience better into account.

Jean-Claude also noted Russia’s need for greater international integration and alignment. According to him, this is the only way Russia can benefit from the transfers of technology, know-how, and financial resources that will be necessary for it to prosper in a decarbonized world.

Upcoming events on international law issues
24 May 2021
Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya moderated the discussion session "Climate Change Regulations: Global Practice and Perspectives" at SPBILF 9 3/4
20 May 2021

The participants discussed key trends in the field of climate regulation, future regulatory solutions, as well as various types of potential risks caused by global warming.

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The Martens Readings 2021
19 May 2021

On May 27, 2021, the XIV International Scientific and Practical Conference "Martens Readings 2021: International Humanitarian Law and the Challenges of the Pandemic" will be held, co-chaired by the ICLRC expert Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov.

The Martens Readings, named after the world-renown lawyer, Professor of St. Petersburg University F. F. Martens (1845-1909), have been held since 2000, organized by the Russian Association of International Law, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Faculty of Law of St. Petersburg University.

Due to the continuing sanitary and epidemiological restrictions, the conference will be held in a mixed (face-to-face and online) format.

Working languages: Russian, English (with simultaneous translation).

For registration and the program follow the link.

Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya became the head of the ICLRC
17 May 2021

Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya became the General Director of the International and Comparative Law Research Center. In this position, she replaced Victoria Manko who will continue to work at the Center as Deputy General Director.

“The Center will proceed working in the field of international law, including maintaining its focus on support for the Russian delegations to international organizations. At the same time, we will expand the Center’s research activities on other law issues that are strategically important for the national jurisdiction,” — Ekaterina said.

Ekaterina Salugina-Sorokovaya took senior positions in the Executive Office of the Government of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Justice. During her time in the civil service, she participated in the development and implementation of such initiatives as the “regulatory guillotine”, the creation of special administrative districts, the project finance factory, etc.

Roman Kolodkin, Leonid Skotnikov, and Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov were awarded the F.F. Martens medal
14 May 2021

Members of the Advisory Board of the Summer School on Public International Law and the Council of the International Law in the XXI Century Award Roman Kolodkin (also Advisor on Public International Law at the Center), Leonid Skotnikov, and Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov were awarded the F.F. Martens medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

The International and Comparative Law Research Center congratulates the colleagues and wishes them new professional achievements.

Regulation on the F.F. Martens medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation is available at https://www.mid.ru/ru/activity/shots/award.

Upcoming events on international law issues
19 April 2021
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29 March 2021
The Annual Report 2019-2020 has been published
16 March 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed significant changes in the life of the whole society, putting us in the need to urgently find answers to new challenges. In this regard, we have decided to release the report on the Center’s activities which covers 2 years at once: the intensive 2019 and the no less active 2020 marked by innovation and firm determination. 
During the pandemic, the ICLRC not only hasn’t slowed down for a day but even increased its work, significantly expanding the range of the issues under study. 
Read about this and much more in the latest report on the International and Comparative Law Research Center activities.

New reasearch: “Appointment of Insolvency Officers in Russia and Foreign Jurisdictions”
20 February 2021

The insolvency officer is a central figure in the insolvency (bankruptcy) procedure, the quality of his or her work significantly affects the result of each case. Improving legal regulation in the field of bankruptcy is especially relevant in the current realities when the economy has faced the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are glad to present the new research “Appointment of Insolvency Officers in Russia and Foreign Jurisdictions”.

The ICLRC Library is replenished with the books from Sergey Usoskin’s collection
16 February 2021

The Library of the Center now displays a book collection of the Russian lawyer and expert in international arbitration Sergey Usoskin. The collection contains books by experts, historians, and journalists on private international law, as well as materials on the history of several international law firms, the evolution of the legal profession in the United States, and the legal system of England.

Upcoming events on international law issues
15 February 2021
COVID-19 and International Law. Overviews of Publications
10 February 2021

In 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic affected almost every area of ​​human relations, including international law, the International and Comparative Law Research Center prepared a series of overviews of publications on topics related to the spread of the virus.

The overviews “COVID-19 and International Law” cover issues related to the responsibility of states, as well as the impact that the pandemic has had on international law, including human rights, trade, investment, humanitarian, maritime law, and the law of the sea, etc.

The fourth issue also includes general conclusions on all overviews of publications prepared by the Center.

The ICLRC and the WTO Expertise Center signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation
03 February 2021

The legal regulation of international trade issues takes a special place in the International and Comparative Law Research Center international law agenda.

We are pleased to announce the conclusion of a Memorandum of Cooperation with the WTO Expertise Center, within the framework of which our colleagues will participate in our project “Digest of Russian Practice in International Law”.

Upcoming events on international law issues
01 February 2021
The Library is opening its doors on January 27!
25 January 2021

Please inform us in advance (no later than two hours before the arrival) about the desired time and duration of the visit by e-mail: library@iclrc.ru or by phone +7 915 328 24 83. Readers are not allowed to enter the Library without a confirmation of the visit received from the Center’s staff.

We ask you to:

  • sanitize hands before entering the Library;
  • wear a mask and gloves during your stay in the Library;
  • observe the rules of social distancing (stay at least 1.5 m away from other readers);
  • not to touch the books unless it is necessary;
  • refrain from visiting the Library if you have respiratory tract infection symptoms.

Laptops will not be provided in the Library.

The ICLRC and Wuhan University signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Legal Field
20 January 2021

We have confirmed our commitment to support and implementation of non-commercial activity, projects and programs, development of international, comparative law and other research in legal industry and other related sciences.

Upcoming events on international law issues
18 January 2021
Jean-Claude Knebeler took part in the expert discussion at the Gaidar Forum
15 January 2021

The International and Comparative Law Research Center Head of Sustainable Development Department Jean-Claude Knebeler took part in the expert discussion “Sustainable Development: a Perfect Vision or a Realistic Projection” at the Gaidar Forum.

“Last year was one of the few years when poverty on the planet increased, the degree of food security decreased, even in mature economies. The epidemic of the coronavirus may be evidence that humanity is subjecting our planet a too strong test,” Jean-Claude Knebeler said.

“During the pandemic, the climate received some respite, as industrial production fell, transportation and air traffic volumes decreased, but this is still not enough to reach the targets set by the Paris Agreement,” the expert explained. He believes that without more attention to developing countries, it will be impossible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals until 2030.

“We cannot move forward until we have a clear perspective in front of us. Today, there is a need to formulate very clear policies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and appropriate indicators that can be measured should be ‘linked’ to them,” Jean-Claude Knebeler insists. In his opinion, the available data is too fragmented, which makes it difficult to assess the effectiveness of activities in this area.

“Good data leads to better policy formulation. The availability of data will allow governments to not only go for the low-hanging fruit but to form a longer-term agenda, necessary to go beyond electoral cycles. In order to achieve the SDGs, governments need to improve policy coherence and institutional consensus, reach out to stakeholders and build trust between government, business, and society,” according to his address.

The International and Comparative Law Research Center invites to apply for a position of an Editor
13 January 2021

The Center invites an employee to join the team to work in the following areas:

  • Interaction with external contractors: designers, printing houses, etc.;
  • Editorial and proofreading of research and other texts;
  • Preparation of content for social networks, website, information materials, etc.;
  • Participation in the Center’s various projects.

We are looking for a specialist who has, first of all, the following qualities:

  • Ability to work with a large amount of information in multitasking mode;
  • Critical thinking;
  • Self-discipline, assiduity, mindfulness;
  • Excellent knowledge of Russian;
  • Fluent English;
  • Good knowledge of MS Office.

We offer:

  • Work in a comfortable office within walking distance from the metro station Novokuznetskaya/Tretyakovskaya/Polyanka or remotely;
  • Progressive corporate culture and friendly team of professionals;
  • Interesting tasks;
  • Opportunities for growth and development.

The level of remuneration and other conditions are discussed with the successful candidate.

We are waiting for your CV at info@iclrc.ru!

Happy New Year!
30 December 2020

The year 2020 is coming to an end!

It’s been an extraordinary year, full of challenges, new ideas, and bold decisions. Despite various limitations, together with you, we have always moved forward.

Now that the New Year is only a short time away, we wish you all the best in 2021.

May all your wishes come true! See you next year!

Materials of the Summer School 2018 are published!
28 December 2020

The tough year 2020 is coming to an end, and the New Year holidays are ahead! In advance of them, we’ve decided to publish the unique materials of the Summer School on Public International Law 2018 so that you can study them during the holidays.

Read the lectures by Sir Michael Wood, Marcelo Kohen, Tullio Treves, and Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov on https://iclrc.ru/en/summer-school/summer-school-2018 and apply for participation in the Summer School 2021 which will be held on August 2–13!

Materials of the two workshops are published!
23 December 2020
Our new partner — Bishkek Centre of International and Comparative Law
23 December 2020

We are pleased to announce that ICLRC has signed the Cooperation Agreement with the Bishkek Centre of International and Comparative Law, whose main activity is aimed at conducting research on main issues and current events in the field of international law and comparative law!

Together we intend to promote the development and study of various aspects of international and comparative law, including through the implementation of joint educational projects.

The ICLRC and NovSU agreed to cooperate
18 December 2020

Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University and the International and Comparative Law Research Center signed the Memorandum of Cooperation in the Field of Law.

The Memorandum is aimed at coordinating our intentions to join forces to establish partnership relations and develop long-term effective cooperation. Together, we plan to support and implement projects and programs in the field of international law, comparative law, and related fields.

Upcoming events on international law issues
14 December 2020
Jean-Claude Knebeler, the ICLRC Head of Sustainable Development Department, spoke at the online conference “The Future of Green Finance in Russia” organized by VEB.RF
04 December 2020

He shared the expert vision on the significance of the sustainable finance in Russia and told the prospects of international cooperation within the ESG agenda.

Materials of the speakers, as well as the video of the conference, are available at https://www.moex.com/e17044.

Jean-Claude Knebeler, the ICLRC Head of Sustainable Development Department, will partake in the Online Conference "The Future of Green Investment in Russia" organized by VEB.RF
30 November 2020
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Upcoming events on international law issues
30 November 2020
Victoria Manko commented on use of specialised legal entities as insolvency officers in Russia for "Kommersant"
30 November 2020
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Victoria Manko Spoke at the Conference on Investment Arbitration
23 November 2020

Victoria Manko, the General Director of the International and Comparative Law Research Center, delivered remarks at a conference on the pressing issues of international arbitration organized by Kutafin Moscow State Law University and the Ministry of Economic Development.

She spoke about the current agenda of the UNCITRAL Working Group III in the context of discussions on the options of the investor-state dispute settlement reform, touching upon separately the initiative of establishing an international investment court. Currently, this reform option proposed by the European Union meets criticism from a number of states.

The International and Comparative Law Research Center provides expertise to Russian delegations to international organizations, including UNCITRAL. The ICLRC has obtained the observer status in three Working Groups of the Commission, including the Working Group III: Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform.

Registration for the Summer School on Public International Law 2021 is open!
17 November 2020

The Special Courses will be devoted to the pressing topic of International Investment Law. Apply before March 21, 2021, and get an opportunity to meet the leading scholars and practitioners!

For more info, visit https://iclrc.ru/en/summer-school.

The ICLRC General Director Victoria Manko commented on the UK plans to intervene in foreign takeovers of assets in certain sectors for Kommersant
12 November 2020
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The new issue of the"COVID-19 and International Law" overview
10 November 2020

The International and Comparative Law Research Center presents the fourth issue of the overview of publications by academics and practitioners, as well as various documents prepared by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, on topics related to the spread of COVID-19 and various aspects of international law. It also includes an Annex that provides general conclusions on the four overviews of publications “COVID-19 and International Law” prepared by the Center.

Upcoming events on international law issues
09 November 2020
The International and Comparative Law Research Center and the Higher School of Economics agreed to cooperate
02 November 2020

The cooperation between the International and Comparative Law Research Center and the Higher School of Economics Faculty of Law contributes to the study and development of international and comparative law in Russia. The respective agreement was signed by Victoria Manko, General Director of the Center, and Vadim Vinogradov, Dean of the HSE Faculty of Law.

Enhancing cooperation with leading Russian and foreign universities is one of the important activities of the Center. Combining the expertise of the Center and educational institutions opens up new opportunities for the development of legal knowledge, formation and implementation of advanced training practices. It is envisaged that the parties will jointly promote the development and renewal of the humanities in Russia and their integration into the global scientific community.

Special attention within the agreement is paid to issues related to creating favorable conditions for ensuring the possibility of conducting international, comparative, and other research in the field of law.

One of the projects the parties already cooperate in is the portal “Digest of Russian Practice in International Law” launched by the Center.

Upcoming events on international law issues
19 October 2020
The upcoming UNCITRAL events
15 October 2020

On October 19-23, the session of the UNCITRAL Working Group IV: Electronic Commerce will be held, and the ICLRC will take part in it as an Observer.

Also, on October 15, the course of lectures on transnational commercial law starts, organized by the University of Vienna and UNCITRAL as part of the celebrations of the CISG 40th anniversary.

Roman Kolodkin takes part in the online conference “UN at 75: Effective Multilateralism and International Law”
08 October 2020

The event, organized by the United Nations and the German Federal Foreign Office, will take place on October 9, against the background of the celebration of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary.

Roman Kolodkin, a Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and the ICLRC Advisor on Public International Law, will partake in the panel discussion of the contribution of international courts to the development of international law.

You will find the program of the Conference here.

Upcoming events on international law issues
05 October 2020
The ICLRC, the Partner of the IP&IT LAW contest, invites for participation!
01 October 2020

IP&IT LAW – 2021, the 6th National Youth Competition on Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law, started!

The competition is an annual event and is traditionally held under the auspices of the State Duma Committee on Informational Policy, Technologies and Communications. The competition is organized by IP CLUB together with the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ.

The competition is held in absentia and involves independent writing of an essay on one of the 20 proposed topics.

The winners are awarded valuable prizes from the organizers and partners of the competition, including the International and Comparative Law Research Center.

Apply your essays to the competition until February 1, 2021 (until 21:00 Moscow time)!

Upcoming events on international law issues
28 September 2020
ICLRC, the Media Partner of the Winter Academy on International Arbitration, invites for participation!
23 September 2020

The Winter Academy “Beyond the Imaginable Borders: Transformation of Arbitration” will be held by the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration on January 11–16, 2021.

The Academy will touch upon the most innovative topics and cover the transformation of the well-known concepts of arbitration in the technological era. The schedule is built around general courses coupled with case-studies on validity of arbitration agreements and choice of law.

Apart from theory, the participants will have an opportunity to get hands-on experience during workshops on advocacy, expert evidence & damages with the following application of acquired skills before the distinguished panel of arbitrators during the Moot Court.

The courses will be taught by the eminent Russian and foreign practitioners. All the courses will be held in English.

Deadline for applications: October 4, 2020.

New research: Legal Regulation of Public Non-Financial Reporting in Foreign Countries
21 September 2020

The issues of sustainable development, environmental corporate social responsibility are increasingly reflected in the agenda of international fora and national development strategies. However, the implementation of such strategies and achievement of the indicators set eventually depend on the actions of particular companies.

In this regard, states, as well as international governmental and non-governmental organizations, are actively developing standards on public non-financial reporting, which, depending on jurisdiction, may be mandatory or voluntary. Moreover, the submission of such reports may often be a criterion for obtaining certain benefits or a condition for the listing of securities at the stock exchange.

The International and Comparative Law Research Center in its analytical note analyzes how the four BRICS countries (Brazil, India, China, and the RSA), as well as the USA, the EU, and Germany in particular approach the regulation of public non-financial reporting.

The International and Comparative Law Research Center expresses its gratitude to Marat Abzalov, Daria Bulaeva, Maxim Gubarev, Bharti Lamba, Carlos Noronha, Jose Mauricio Pacheco Jr., and Aleksey Petrenko who took part as experts in this research.

New research: Rules for Digital Trade: the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA)
15 September 2020

Today, the world is going through unprecedented changes: as a result of the rapid development of digital technologies, various areas of life are currently undergoing a radical transformation. The methods of manufacturing, consumption and distribution of goods and services are being improved at an ever-increasing pace, curbing trade expenses and making economic relations more efficient.

However, the successful development of technology does not automatically herald an advancement of human well-being, a dynamic increase in trade and the achievement of the necessary level of economic growth. It is crucial to learn how to manage the structural changes fuelled by the development of technology. These changes are cross-border in nature and, therefore, demand a response on the inter-state level.

An efficient way for states to manage these structural changes is by entering into agreements with other countries envisaging new approaches to international trade in the setting of a digital economy. Until recently, such arrangements had largely contained fragmented rules of electronic commerce not capable of serving as a model of effective regulation. Yet, the situation has changed dramatically since the introduction of the Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA), signed by the Republic of Chile, New Zealand and the Republic of Singapore on June 11, 2020.  The document encompasses pre-existing best practices and determines the thrust of development.

The International and Comparative Law Research Center in this study examines the DEPA, seen as a cutting edge agreement in the area of digital trade and economy, in order to give momentum to the subsequent evolution of corresponding regulations, including those involving Russia in the context of its membership in the EAEU. While working on this study, we aimed to determine the factors underlying the introduction of the agreement, one of a new generation in this sphere; analyze the modular approach of the DEPA as a special drafting technique fitting its aims; and provide an overview of the rules agreed upon by the Parties.

The International and Comparative Law Research Center expresses its gratitude to Maxim Vorobyev, Ilia Kabanov, Victoria Manko, Aleksey Petrenko, and Anna Sysoeva, who took part as experts in this study.

Upcoming events on international law issues
24 August 2020
The Summer School on Public International Law 2020 is over!
21 August 2020
  • 2 weeks
  • 32 attendees
  • 13 cities
  • 5 countries
  • 7 experts
  • 23,3 hrs of lectures and seminars
  • 8 hrs of additional discussions and guest lectures
  • 2 entertainment activities

We are grateful to Sir Michael Wood, Cedric Ryngaert, Alina Miron, Philippa Webb, Manfred Dauster, Roman Kolodkin, Vladimir Tarabrin, and all attendees of the Summer School 2020!

And we are starting to work on the Summer School 2021 and encourage you to apply for participation. Stay tuned and follow us on our website and social networks!

Our gratitude for the creation of the Summer School online platform
20 August 2020

Summer School 2020 in online format is a reality that has required from us to search for new technological solutions.

We are grateful to the Bash.Today team, which is actively expanding the outsourcing development direction, for helping us prepare the online platform and prompt implementing of our bold ideas.

The first week of the Summer School on Public International Law is over
14 August 2020

In addition to intensive classes with leading scholars and practitioners in the field of international law, the attendees took part in an online quest and a meeting with Roman Kolodkin on the topic "International Law as a Profession".

Some rest and one more week of the Summer School is ahead of us!

Our gratitude to the Partners of ICLRC Library
12 August 2020

The Summer School classes require working with a large number of publications and documents.

We are extremely grateful to the Partners of ICLRC Library that have provided all attendees with access to their information resources: Brill International Law & Human Rights Journal Collection, Hague Academy Collected Courses Online, Cambridge Law Journals, Kluwer Arbitration, Oxford Public International Law, Oxford Legal Research Library, Oxford Journals Law Collection, Westlaw International, HeinOnline, ICC Digital Library - Dispute Resolution Channel, DigiZeitschriften, Garant  — and hold online workshops on how to work with the databases.

In addition, Anna Gorbunova, Specialist of our Information Center, conducted training sessions for the attendees and is always ready to assist them in finding necessary information for their studies.

We are happy to announce the seventh annual International Law in the XXI Century Award for the best long paper on public international law!
10 August 2020
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The Summer School on Public International Law 2020 is now officially open!
10 August 2020

This year it will be held in a fully remote format, at the tailor-made online platform.

33 attendees from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia will partake in the Summer School.

Sir Michael Wood will deliver the General Course on Public International Law, Cedric Ryngaert, Alina Miron, Philippa Webb, Manfred Dauster, and Roman Kolodkin will deliver Special Courses on National Jurisdiction and International Law.

Traditionally, as a part of the Summer School, informal meetings on international law issues and entertainment activities are planned.

Upcoming events on international law issues
03 August 2020
Upcoming events on international law issues
13 July 2020
Maxim Gubarev, Senior Expert at the International and Comparative Law Research Center, has co-authored the UNCTAD study
08 July 2020

The study presents a new methodology for analyzing regional trade agreements in relation to the regulation of non-tariff measures. The authors use the methodology to analyze the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Upcoming events on international law issues
06 July 2020
COVID-19 and International Law. Overview of Publications. Issue 3
02 July 2020

The International and Comparative Law Research Center presents the third overview of publications by academicians and practitioners, as well as of various documents prepared by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its legal consequences.

Relevant publications and documents continue to cover issues related to responsibility of States, international cooperation, international human rights law, international investment law, and the law of the World Trade Organization.

Some events on international law issues that will be held within a fortnight
29 June 2020

Dear colleagues, the Center gathered information about some interesting events on international law issues that will be held within a fortnight. We are planning to share such digests with you on an ongoing basis:

  1. On June 20, 2020, the International Court of Justice will hold a public hearing in the case concerning the Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899 (Guyana v. Venezuela) via videoconference;
  2. On July 6-10, 2020, the Paris Arbitration Week will take place.
International Law Day 2020
29 June 2020
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Watch the online broadcast of the International Law Day today, starting at 3 p.m., on the event page on our website!
26 June 2020
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Reuslts of 2019 in figures
25 June 2020

For the International and Comparative Law Research Center, 2019 was interesting, fruitful, and rich in various events. We would like to share the results of the past year with you, and we’ve prepared the infographic you can find on our website.

The International law Day is only 3 days away!
23 June 2020

In just 3 days, traditionally, on the last Friday of June, International and Comparative Law Research Center holds the International Law Day!
This year it will be arranged online. 
Registration is available on the event's webpage.

Overviews of publications "COVID-19 and International Law" are now available in English!
03 June 2020

The Center’s overviews of publications (Issue 1, Issue 2) on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects of international law are now available in English.

COVID-19 and International Law. Overview of Publications. Issue 2
01 June 2020

International and Comparative Law Research Center presents a new overview of publications by academicians and practitioners, as well as of various documents prepared by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, on topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its legal consequences.

This issue covers publications that were not included in the overview of April 28, 2020, along with new publications that came out between April 28 and May 28, 2020.

The Center has become a partner of the master's program in public international law at Saint Petersburg State University
29 May 2020
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COVID-19 and International Law. Overview of Publications
08 May 2020

International and Comparative Law Research Center prepared an overview of publications by academicians and practitioners, as well as of various documents prepared by intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, on topics related to the spread of the COVID-19 and various aspects of international law, including state responsibility, human rights, trade, investment, humanitarian, law of the sea and maritime law.

The Center has published the materials of the discussion session “Is it the Epidemic itself or its Outcomes that Make a Force Majeure?”
30 April 2020

On April 11, 2020, within the framework of St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 9 ½: Rule of Corona, the International and Comparative Law Research Center held the discussion session on the topic “Is it the Epidemic itself or its Outcomes that Make a Force Majeure?”. Enrico del Prato (Professor of Civil Law, The Sapienza University of Rome), Ian K. Lewis (Managing Partner of the Beijing office, Mayer Brown), and Florian Heindler (Assistant Professor in Law, Sigmund Freud University of Vienna) took part in the discussion which was moderated by Anton Ivanov (Academic Supervisor, Faculty of Law, School Head, School of Private Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics). Victoria Manko (General Director of the Center) delivered the welcoming speech.

The materials of the discussion session are available on the Center’s website, in English and Russian.

Access to The ICC Digital Library - Dispute Resolution Channel is open now
26 March 2020

We are pleased to announce that the access to The ICC Digital Library - Dispute Resolution Channel is now open at the Library of the International and Comparative Law Research Center.

The ICC Dispute Resolution Channel is a fully searchable online library containing a vast collection of Dispute Resolution information including the ICC International Dispute Resolution Bulletin, Supplements to the Bulletin, Dossiers of the ICC Institute of World Business Law, Case Decisions (Awards, Procedural Orders) and a lot of other relevant and related information including ICC Activities and Global developments in Dispute Resolution.

For the duration of restrictions related to COVID-19, we are ready to provide you with the documents you need upon request by email at library@iclrc.ru. Once the normal operation of the Library is restored, access will be available for all visitors.

The message regarding COVID-19
18 March 2020

International and Comparative Law Research Center suspends the work of its Library for an indefinite period as part of a set of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which also includes the transition of the Center's staff to remote work.

At the same time, we plan to organize access to the information resources of the Center's Library on an unprecedented basis for those of our visitors who continue to work on their research projects, graduate and master's theses.

In this regard, upon request by email via library@iclrc.ru we are ready to send you the specific articles you need from electronic foreign legal databases, as well as scanned copies of certain chapters of the books you need, if available in the Library collection.

We are confident that the forced steps to restrict business and other activities aimed at combating COVID-19 will simultaneously open up new opportunities for strengthening the scientific and educational activities of our Library's visitors!

We will inform you on the restoration of normal operation mode additionally.

Take care of yourself and your close ones and stay healthy!

International and Comparative Law Research Center and International Institute of Humanitarian Law signed the Memorandum of Understanding
05 March 2020

Following the effective interaction started within the workshop on “Application of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law in an Armed Conflict” held on October 4, 2019, in San Remo, Italy, the Center and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law have agreed to cooperate within the areas of joint research, publications, educational activities, organization of internships, experience sharing, and other areas.

Our partner, the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea, opened application for 2020 IFLOS Summer Academy
28 February 2020
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Expert of the International and Comparative Law Research Center, Egor Fedorov, took part in the 26th session of the International Seabed Authority (Kingston, Jamaica) as a member of the Russian delegation
26 February 2020

Among others, the ISA’s Council continued the discussion on development of the Regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area. The Center has been providing comments and suggestions to the Draft Regulations on a regular basis since 2018.

Adoption of the Regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area is the ultimate phase in regulating exploration and exploitation of mineral resources – the common heritage of mankind – in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

See more about the ISA and its ongoing work on the development of Regulations at https://www.isa.org.jm/.

Dear readers! The Library's schedule has changed.
06 February 2020

The new working hours: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday – from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday – from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday – from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday are days off.

We are waiting for you in our Library!

Large pack of books arrived at the Center’s Library: on international commercial arbitration, international criminal law, international financial law, and other issues of international law. We are waiting for you in our Library!
05 February 2020
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The Center’s Senior Expert, Maxim Gubarev, commented on the World Trade Organization Appellate Body report in the dispute between Ukraine and Russia over the measures affecting the importation of railway equipment and parts thereof
05 February 2020
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The Center's representative participated in the work of the UNCITRAL Working Group III
29 January 2020

On January 19-25, 2020, Maxim Gubarev, Senior Expert at the International and Comparative Law Research Center, participated in the work of the resumed 38th session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group III, in Vienna. Last year, the Center was granted the observer status at the Working Groups III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform), IV (Electronic Commerce), and VI (Judicial Sale of Ships).

The Working Group III discussed various issues of reforming the system of dispute settlement between investors and States, including:

  • creation and functioning of the appeal mechanism,
  • enforcement of decisions of the proposed permanent judicial authority,
  • financing of the permanent judicial body,
  • selection and appointment of judges.

Earlier, these questions were considered during the practical workshop organized by the Center, with the participation of Diego Gosis, Evgeniya Goriatcheva, Baiju Vasani, Michail Risvas, and Sergey Usoskin.

International and Comparative Law Research Center and Research institute of Legal policy under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan signed the Memorandum of Understanding
26 December 2019

Following the effective interaction started within the framework of Tashkent Law Spring 2019, the Center and Research institute of Legal policy have agreed to cooperate within the areas of joint research, publications, educational activities, organization of internships, experience sharing, and others.

International and Comparative Law Research Center is looking for a new Keeper of its unique Library fund!
13 December 2019
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The Center's expert, Egor Fedorov, spoke at The 9th Annual Asia-Pacific Deep Sea Mining Summit
12 December 2019

On December 4-5, expert of the International and Comparative Law Research Center, Egor Fedorov, participated in The 9th Annual Asia-Pacific Deep Sea Mining Summit, which took part in Singapore and brought together professionals from the sphere of deep seabed mining. Egor presented on the topic of Comparative Analysis of National Legislation Regulating Activities in the Area.

The Audiovisual Library of International Law started publication of lectures given by the Russian scholars and practitioners within the sphere of international law
12 November 2019

The Audiovisual Library of International Law started publication of lectures given by some of the leading Russian scholars and practitioners within the sphere of international law.

The International and Comparative Law Research Center was pleased to assist in the organization of the recording of lectures, in particular, to provide its Library’s facilities. The Center’s contribution was noted in the official materials of the United Nations, the UN Secretary-General expressed gratitude to the Centre in his report.

The Center calls for interns, volunteers, designers
05 November 2019

We often receive questions about internships, practices, and other formats of cooperation with the Center. In this regard, we start calling for:

  • interns-lawyers for participation in research projects;
  • volunteers for preparation and holding of events;
  • designers for visual materials development.

We invite you to test yourself and get interesting experience in conducting research / preparing events, to bring your vision to our projects!

Send your CV to events@iclrc.ru with the theme “Volunteering”, “Internship”, or “Design”, go through an interview with the representatives of the Center and join our team!

Conditions are discussed individually with each candidate.

The competition for the best long paper on public international law is in process
23 October 2019
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The Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement brochure
23 October 2019

We are happy to inform that our colleagues from the Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS) have opened the application for the Geneva LL.M. in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS). 
MIDS is a leading program with a distinguished faculty and a talented class aiming at building a successful career as well-rounded lawyers in all four corners of international dispute settlement.
See the brochure for the academic year 2020-2021 at https://www.cids.ch/images/Documents/MIDS-Program/MIDS_Brochure_2020-2021.pdf

Registration for the Summer School on Public International Law is open!
03 October 2019
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