SPBILF is a unique international conference that brings together the leading minds of the legal profession.
The annual St. Petersburg International Legal Forum (SPBILF), founded in 2011, is organized under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation. Over the years, the SPBILF has emerged as a foremost international platform for discussing a broad range of urgent questions confronting the contemporary international community of legal professionals.
The Forum’s primary mission is to promote ideas related to modernizing the law amidst the global changes. This includes devising solutions that move toward:
- improved interaction between legal systems and the generation of common approaches to problems of law in the context of globalization;
- modernization of Russian law in accordance with the best international legal practices and bringing Russian legislation in compliance with international standards for protecting the rights and interests of all subjects of legal relations (including entrepreneurs, foreign investors, copyright holders, etc.);
- development of Russian jurisprudence and legal education across the globe.
Forum 2011-2019 in Figures
The highlights of the Forum 2019
St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize
The conferral of this academic award, which is global in scale, is intended as a testimony of the highest academic achievement of the laureate, while the monetary component of the award is meant to assist the laureate in the fulfilment of his or her scientific ideas of global significance.
The members of the Expert Committee of the Prize are academics of worldwide renown, trendsetters of the modern science of law, whose works have nurtured several generations of lawyers.
- Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Canada
- Anton Asoskov, Professor, Department of Civil Law, Faculty of Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Professor, Alexeev Private Law Research Centre under the President of the Russian Federation
- Michael Bonell, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
- Remy Carbillac, Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Montpellier, France
- Aída Kemelmajer de Carlucci, Member of the National Academies of Law and Science of Buenos Aires and Córdoba, Argentina
- Vincent Lamanda, Former First President of the Court of Cassation of France
- Claudia Lima Marques, Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil
- Ken Oliphant, Professor of Tort Law and Head of Law School, University of Bristol, UK
- Marta Pertegas, Professor of Private International and Transnational Law at Maastricht University (Netherlands) and University of Antwerp (Belgium)
- Enrico del Prato, Dean of the Law Department - Full Professor of Civil Law, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
- Elsabe Schoeman, Professor in the Department of Private Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
- Henk Snijders, Honorary professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
- Jay L. Westbrook, Benno C. Schmidt Chair Of Business Law, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Participants about Forum
Secretary General of the Constitutional Court, Mozambique
“Thank you very much for all the support before and during the Forum.
One can only marvel at the work of all the stuff and volunteers to make all the participants feel welcome and at home.”
Partner, RBB Economics
I would like to thank you for the very efficient organisation for the St. Petersburg Legal Forum. In particular, the volunteers have done an excellent job in terms of proving quick help, advice and general support, whenever this was needed.”
Vice-President, Legal Support, OJSC “Sibcem”
“It is all my pleasure to express my gratitude to the organizers of the Forum for the excellent organization of both business and cultural programmes and, what is the most important, for having involved leading lawyers from Russia, Germany, India, Brazil, etc. and just very interesting people.”
State Secretary, Vice President and Head of GR, Nornickel, Russian Federation
“Let me thank you for a warm and hearty welcome. Participants benefited from not only fruitful business relations but also from friendly atmosphere. I believe that in the future it will help us to resolve any problems on the basis of mutual confidence, openness and trust.
Looking forward to new meetings!”
Head of Legal Department, The Walt Disney Company
“I’d like to express my gratitude for the interesting program, excellent organization and wonderful atmosphere at the Forum!”
Partner, QUORUS GmbH (Switzerland), Ambassador of Switzerland in Moscow (2011 — 2016)
“Many thanks for the great and substantial event, the perfect organization and the generous hospitality!”
Chair, ICC Governing Body for Dispute Resolution Services, Associate General Counsel, General Electric Company (2002 — 2021)
“The event was a genuine pleasure, in the refreshing exchange of views with colleagues at the highest levels, and social events that matched them.
Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in your spectacular event.”
Marco Dalla Vedova,
Partner, Dalla Vedova Studio Legale
“Thank you very much for a great experience, very warm hospitality and top organization. I look forward to collaborating in the future.”
Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
“Overall the management and organization were excellent. The young assistants were very helpful, informative and a great assistance in findings room locations for panel discussions and many other things. Your selections of topics to be addressed were excellent as the same were topical, informative and provided an excellent forum for alternative viewpoints. The forum also provided an excellent opportunity for networking as the persons present were diverse, from many varied jurisdictions and for the most part very approachable. I would congratulate all of your work and efforts as in my opinion the work product was excellent and well worth the travel required to attend.”
Head of Legal Department, OJSC “AIJK”
“Thank you so much for the opportunity to take part in one of the most important lawyers’ meetings – St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. The IV Forum was the most interesting one (I can judge since I’ve been participating in the previous Forums as well). It gives a chance not only to communicate with colleagues but also, what is more important, to discuss topical issues which the legal community currently faces. I would also like to praise the organization of social events and the volunteers’ team.”
Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court (retired)
“I enjoy participation in the Forum; it is stimulating, informing and most interesting. And, it is certainly international in character and content. Your statistics reflect the broad and encompassing participation in the forum and all observers, certainly including myself, find it a positive and refreshing experience.”
Member of The Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation (2007 — 2014)
“International Legal Forum gives a unique opportunity to discuss crucial legal problems and urgent legal matters and, what is very important, in my opinion, to socialize with like-minded people and opponents, legal professionals, colleagues. This is the strong point of the Forum as of significant meeting on the international level. Thank you very much!”
Managing partner, Dentons' St. Petersburg office - Head of the Russian IP/ IT/ Telecommunications Practice
“On behalf of the Dentons international law firm and me personally let me thank you for your invitation to take part in the IV St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.
I would like to praise the high organizational and professional level of the conference, thank you for the opportunity to take part in such informative and successful event and wish you many others successful and dynamic projects!”
“I liked the Forum this year, and in my opinion, it was the best Forum ever. I express my admiration to the organizers! The both round tables I took part in were arranged on the highest level.
I’m also grateful for a fantastic cultural programme. Networking and discussions are not less important as the business programme of the Forum. It is also worth noting that meanwhile the international relations are rather tense now it was very important to show that we can still communicate as professionals, friends and colleagues.”
Senior partner, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, Singapore
“It was an honour for me to be invited to speak. I enjoyed attending the conference and I hope that I can be invited again next year to speak.”
Partner, Grandall Law Firm
“Thank you for your diligent work, the Forum 2014 was successfully held, and I and other delegates from all over the world have had great experience and results!
And thank you for giving me a chance of attending “Compliance” panel as a speaker. We met lots of old and new friends among Russian and international experts, so our friends circle have been expanded again. On the same time, I and other international legal experts have enjoyed Russian culture again. I hope the Forum will continue and make a bigger circle with more international experts. Hope to see you the next year!”
General director, MF of Technology (MFT)
“Organization of the Forum was, as always, on the highest level and the main legal event of the year was very successfully held.
I would like to thank the whole team of the organizing committee and all those who have organized this intellectual and warm-hearted legal holiday for us!”
Maria Benvinda Levi,
Minister of Justice (2011 — 2020), Mozambique
“Many thanks for the invitation. For us, it was a great opportunity to exchange experiences and learn from other people about the same challenges that we all face.
We really appreciated our visit to St. Petersburg and hope to keep in touch and participate in the future events.”
Member of the Central Electoral Commission, Kazakhstan
“Congratulations for the success of the IV St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. Of course, the programme of the Forum which is dedicated to “The Concept of Rule of Law in Legal Systems: Key Takeaways and Future Prospects” is most topical. The number of participants and delegations, discussion sessions addressing various issues of legal theory and practice are very impressive. Such a large-scale event is perfectly organized. The cultural programme is very interesting. The Forum is irreproachable!”
Chief of the Administration of the Federal Tax Service for St. Petersburg
“I’m sincerely grateful for the provided opportunity to participate in the IV St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. The Forum was held on the highest professional level. The topics in question are of great interest and very pressing.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Justice (2014 — 2016), Serbia
“In general, I think the Forum is a unique event not only in Europe but worldwide. It gives a really good opportunity to exchange experiences, meet different people and different legal systems, may be, discover common problems and also try to find the solutions. The Forum allows meeting many people and doing much work in one place instead of going to several countries and arranging several different meetings.”
Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, Russian Federation
“About 3,000 of our colleagues – professional lawyers – are attending the Forum. This shows that the Forum has become a generally accepted platform for meetings, interaction and discussion of various issues.”
Julio Cesar Alak,
Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
“St. Petersburg International Legal Forum is a historic event for the development of law in the world.”
Secretary General, the Hague Conference on Private International Law
“The St. Petersburg Forum shows that Russia is still at the heart of international legal development. It offers a unique opportunity to a wide circle of international jurists to come and discuss many types of legal issues. This gives us an opportunity to work together for a better future given how numerous and diverse the topics on our agenda are. I must say that we have been very pleased to take an active part in this Forum just as we did in the previous Forums, and we thank the organisers for that.”
Miguel de Serpa Soares
Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel
«The St. Petersburg International Legal Forum is a very prestigious event, well known across the world. I feel very honored and pleased to participate in the Forum and to have the opportunity of addressing this distinguished audience. Thank you!»
Member of the Constitutional Court, Minister of Justice (2013 — 2017), Austria
«The Forum is very impressive. I was happy to meet so many colleagues here. I think it is very important that this Forum is a chance to meet, is a chance to keep the dialogs between all the countries. Let’s build bridges and keep the dialogue. I am deeply impressed by this wonderful city of St.Petersburg, and it is a great pleasure and honor for me to participate in this legal forum as a representative of Austria».
President, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law
«I am really honored, as a President of the Governing Council of UNIDROIT and personally as a law professor who closely follows the interaction between the institutions, the economy and the law, to have been given the chance to attend and to speak on a prestigious and important event such as the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. My hope and my wishes are the Forum will continue to be a crossroad for exchange of ideas and increase of the awareness that peace can only be safely built on cultural understanding economic cooperation».
Minister of Labour and Social Policies, Minister of Justice (2014 — 2018)
«I have a very positive impression. I think that this was fruitful exchange of opinions, which can foster the progress in relations between the countries, a strong impulse for creation of supranational law, which will allow to resolve main global problems in a peaceful manner. The main issues are the role of law and how the law is legally designed on international level, how the conditions for the global law are created, and what are the main political ties of this process».
Pablo Mendes de Leon,
Professor of Air and Space Law, executive chair of the Department of Air and Space Law, Leiden University
“I was impressed by dedication, loyalty and friendship. The people I met were extremely open minded and I loved that frank attitude”
Rao Rambhatla Venkata,
Vice Chancellor of National Law School of India University
“It was a fantastic Forum. Grateful thanks for everything.
• I came
• I saw and
• I WAS conquered!
Legal Forum was an intellectual powerhouse of high voltage!
Thanks a lot for everything. It was indeed my privilege and honor. I returned wiser from the Forum.
Anxiously looking forward to attend the VII St. Petersburg International Legal Forum”
Professor, Dean of Law (2011 — 2018), University of Auckland, New Zealand
“I thoroughly enjoyed getting to participate in the conference. Highlights included hearing the speech by the Prime Minister and getting to talk with the Minister of Justice. The opportunities to talk and exchange views with law academics from a variety of other countries were also very much appreciated.
The conference was wonderfully organised and I will take back many great memories, including the wonderful concert on Wednesday night and the Legal Street Evening on Thursday”
Dean of the Jerez Bar Association (2010 — 2020), Spain
“I’ll like to express my sincere gratitude to the organization of the Forum, to all the people who work for the success, and with an especial mention to volunteers who had been overall kindly and friendly”
Attorney, Piselli & Partners Law Firm, Italy
“Congratulations for the excellent success of the Forum, really nice! All the working sessions were very interesting opportunity for contacts between legal professionals and investigation of matters”
Fiona Christan Heald,
Partner, Moore Barlow LLP, Great Britain
“The SPBILF was a great conference! It combined interesting substantive discussions with wonderful people, enjoyable events, excellent organization, and an unforgettable location in the Hermitage. Thank you for all of your effort! The SPBILF was a tremendous success! I look forward to next year”
Professor of Law Emeritus, Dean at Brooklyn Law School (2012 — 2018), USA
“Congratulations on the tremendous success of LF2016 and thank you for taking such good care of me. I hope that we will be working together again in the future, and that I have the opportunity to return your warm hospitality”