Business Programme

Business Programme

SPBILF Business Programme, alongside with traditional legal subjects, will include a whole range of topics related to the most relevant novelties of law and economics. Among speakers of the upcoming Forum are the leading experts and practitioners in different fields of law, Russian and foreign officials, world-known scholars and, also, heads of legal departments of global companies.

Official Programme

Plenary Session

Official Programme Events by Thematic Tracks

Satellite events

May 17, 2021
from 09:30 to 19:00

XI International Youth Legal Forum


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The XI International Youth Legal Forum will be held On May 17-18, 2021. It is a satellite event of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, as well as the largest platform for dialogue and consolidation of young lawyers in Russia, near and far abroad.

In 2021 the Forum will be held in a new format. For listeners, an online broadcast with remote participation will be organized on the website of St. Petersburg State University and YouTube. After registration, a link to the broadcast will be sent to the email address you specified.

The theme of this year's Forum is "Vaccination with the Law". University teachers and practicing lawyers will participate as speakers and moderators.

We invite students and postgraduates in law, as well as young professionals who are just starting their professional career to participate as spectators in that event.

To participate in the Forum please register here:

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May 17 –

May 18 –

May 17, 2021
from 12:00 to 15:30

New 'Antimonopoly' Resolution of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation


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On March 4, 2021, the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation approved Resolution No. 2 'On some issues arising in connection with the application of antimonopoly legislation by the courts'. The resolution is a large-scale generalization of the legal positions of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in the field of antimonopoly legislation. The last such generalization was made 13 years ago in the framework of the Resolution of the Plenum of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation No. 30.

This is the most important event that sets the vector for the development of the practice of applying antimonopoly legislation for many years to come. On some issues, the Plenum contains formulated and complete rules, on others - the designation of the course and guidelines from which the courts should proceed when considering antimonopoly disputes.

At the round table of the Competition Experts Association, speakers will discuss the substantive and procedural legal aspects of the Plenum's resolution, including issues of collective domination, the concept of a group of persons, the procedure for disclosing evidence in court by the antimonopoly authority and participants in the case on violation of the antimonopoly legislation, peculiarities of challenging decisions to refuse in initiating antitrust cases.

Members of the Competition Experts Association, representatives of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, top officials of the FAS of Russia, well-known representatives of the scientific, expert and business communities are invited to participate.

Among the issues discussed at the session 'Substantive aspects of the Resolution of the Plenary Session':

- What is the concept of collective domination laid down in the Plenum?

- Rules for assessing the actions of the dominant: civil dispute vs. antitrust violation.

- Group of persons: what is the essence of the approach and is it possible to establish different conditions within the group and for the market?

- Is proof of profit required to establish a cartel?

- Is it legal to imitate competition in the auction?

Within the framework of the second session 'Procedural and legal aspects of the Resolution of the Plenum' the following issues will be discussed:

- When it is possible to present new evidence to the court that was not disclosed during the investigation by the FAS. Hidden problems and optimal strategies.

- Initiation/refusal to initiate an antimonopoly case: the limits of judicial assessment.

- Warning/order: when there will be a cancellation in court.

- When will the violation of the process during the antimonopoly investigation lead to the cancellation of the FAS decision?

- Bidding: what can you dispute with the FAS now?

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May 18, 2021
from 09:00 to 17:30

Issues of Russian language performance in legal cases and procedures

Venue: St. Petersburg University (7, 22nd Line, Vasilevskiy Island)

Participation is by appointment only

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Juridical linguistics features as a promising area of language studies. Despite the substantial practical importance, the issues in this area are overridden with difficulties both for theorists in the field of jurisprudence and linguistics, as well as for a wide range of other experts. The reason for the emerging difficulties lies in the interdisciplinary nature of the issues under consideration, as well as in the specific features of the legal regulation of various spheres of activity by the legislation of sovereign states.

The conference will consider such issues as the language communication of the parties in court, including legal prescriptions regarding courtroom speech, ways of expressing legal argumentation by means of natural language, linguistic expertise of texts on cases of extremism, incitement to enmity, protection of honor and dignity and other cases, linguistic requirements for legal wording, in particular, in connection with the requirement of clarity and unambiguity in regulatory legal acts.

Array of questions at the upcoming event will also embrace requirements for legal translations in the implementation of foreign economic activity, addressing issues of international copyright law, international criminal law and other areas of law enforcement, interpretation of the content of laws in the media. The conference takes place at the Faculty of Law of St. Petersburg State University. The event will be attended by linguists, translators, lawyers, government officials, other specialists interested in legal linguistics.

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May 19, 2021
from 12:00 to 14:00

Round Table
International Standards for Sustainable Infrastructure Development and Assessment of Infrastructure Projects: Current Context and Prospects for Application and Development in CIS Countries


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Venue: offline format - Tavrichesky Palace, Shpalernaya ul. 47, St. Petersburg, 191015 (office of CIS IPA); online - ZOOM session.

Date: 19 May, 12:00 - 14:00; guest registration from 11:30

Virtual attendance details:

Meeting: Public-Private Partnership Roundtable meeting

Meeting starts: 19 MAY 2021  12:00 a.m. Moscow time.

Meeting ID: 881 8986 7249

Passcode: 274789

Meeting to be joined: 1 hour prior to meeting opening


The relevance of infrastructure development has become increasingly important in Russian and international communities in recent years. As stated in the 2019 G20 Principles for Quality Infrastructure Investment, infrastructure drives economic prosperity and provides a solid foundation for strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth and development. Nevertheless, the world continues to face underinvestment in new and existing infrastructure. This highlights the importance of mobilizing the domestic resources of states, including by cooperation with entrepreneurs, to address infrastructure challenges.

According to a report of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, currently there is a need for at least $6.9 trillion in annual infrastructure funding.

According to the Global Infrastructure Hub (an organization created at the initiative of the G20 to promote sustainable infrastructure development and economic growth), the need for infrastructure investment in the Russian Federation, for which no sources of financing have been found, is about $740 billion until 2040. According to this indicator, Russia is ranked 3rd among the top 5 countries in terms of infrastructure investment deficit.

This "infrastructure gap" causes the need to attract private financing for the creation and modernization of infrastructure. Infrastructure projects address infrastructure development needs and may provide forms of implementation that are attractive for investors. The Government of the Russian Federation also emphasizes the need to improve infrastructure, and in connection with this, it has adopted a Complex plan for the modernization and expansion of backbone infrastructure, which includes 11 federal projects in the total amount for more than 6.3 trillion rubles.

IThere is a special focus on quality and responsible infrastructure investments. As emphasized in the UNECE/EBRD Model Law on People-First Public-Private Partnerships, a well-structured and implemented project can meet many valuable needs in the public interest and for the public benefit. Projects that are implemented on the People-First principles contribute to the profitable and efficient development, promotion and operation of public infrastructure through the involvement of private sector capacities, resources, know-how and finances on a long-term and sustainable basis.

During the event we propose to discuss topical issues of sustainable infrastructure development and evaluation of infrastructure projects:

  1. International standards for sustainable infrastructure development and assessment of infrastructure projects - significance for public infrastructure development. Current agenda and key challenges for short and medium term
  2. Modern international infrastructure practices: "Building back better" and "People-first Public-Private Partnerships" - key aspects of the concepts, its practical implementation and development in view of the current challenges
  3. Systems and methodologies for assessment and evaluation of PPP projects: key principles and concepts, advantages and disadvantages of available methodologies for sustainable and accelerated infrastructure development
  4. Prospects for legislative unification and creation of common standards for evaluation of PPP and other infrastructure projects for CIS countries. Development of PPP legislation in CIS countries based on model documents

If you would like to participate in theis offline event, please contact via email or by phone +7 812 404 57 00 no later than 4 p.m. on 18 May – Andrey Alexandrovich Vaganov.

May 19, 2021
from 16:00 to 18:00

Trends on Increasing Efficiency and Transparency in Arbitration: the example of the 2021 ICC Arbitration Rules


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The event is intended to discuss major transparency and efficiency related challenges faced by the parties in arbitration and to provide the legal community with extended information about the way the ICC Court is dealing with these issues in its new 2021 Arbitration Rules which are widely viewed as a further step towards greater efficiency, flexibility and transparency.

The participants will be divided into breakout rooms where the speakers will share experiences and explain the following topics:

  • Break-Out Room 1 -- Optimizing the use of technology: we will discuss amendments on paperless filings and remote hearings, as well as other practical tips on the increased use of technology in arbitration
  • Break-Out Room 2 -- Complex arbitrations: we will discuss changes as to consolidation and joinder as well as new provisions aiming to increase efficient management of complex arbitrations
  • Break Out Room 3 -- Increasing transparency: The growing demand for transparency in international arbitration has resulted in an increased scrutiny into disclosure obligations. We will notably discuss new rules on disclosure of third-party funding as well as conflict of interests.


May 19, 2021
from 19:00 to 21:00

Legal Night in the Kremlin Museums


May 22, 2021
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Legal Run 2021

Venue: Worldwide

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Legal Run – first international charity run that has been uniting representatives of the global professional community of lawyers since 2014 in support of children under care of the charitable foundation 'Podari Zhizn' and several regional funds

In 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on sports and other public events related to the spread of the epidemic, the Legal Run Organizing Committee decided to hold the Global Legal Run flash mobs instead of the official races, to support the wards of “Podari Zhizn” this year. Several thousand participants tried their efforts on 3 continents, in 60 cities and 10 countries during July 1-21, 2020. In total, about 500 flash mobs were held around the world in 3 weeks within the framework of the Global Legal Run 2020 campaign.

Due to a long adverse epidemiological situation, we have decided, as it was last year, not to expose additional risk participants and organizing team and not to have mass races, because Legal run is about health, that is why this year it will be in a hybrid mode, surrounded by our close friends and lawyers, colleagues in such a kind of single flash mobs across the country and the whole world. Send us your photos and videos of your races and we will combine them in a single big video and we will be together in a big family no matter what happens.  It all starts on Saturday, May 22, on the last day of St. Petersburg International Legal Forum and as usual, according to the tradition, it will end on the 1st of June on the Children’s  Protection Day, who still suffer not only from Coronavirus and they do need our help and participation.

For more information visit the website.

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Conference of the Federal Notary Chamber
Modern Notariat in the Era of Digital Transformation

Venue: Moscow

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Inter-University Scientific-Practical Conference 'Third Baskin's Readings'


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