SPBILF 2019 Discussion Sessions
A column providing details of themes which will become the key topics to discuss at the Forum.
‘We will take stock of the relevant issues with a ‘fresh eye’
Address on behalf of the Moderator of the Discussion Session ‘Employee and Employer: Partners or Companions?’
Firstly, we should emphasize that our session is the Forum’s first event over its entire history, which is over a decade long, to focus exclusively on the issues of labour relations and one of their critical elements, social partnership, as we are approaching the 30th anniversary of the institute’s establishment in Russia.
Secondly, you will have the unique opportunity to learn from a remarkable team of labour law experts, pose your questions and engage in discussion with them.
At the President’s behest, the moderator—yours truly—somewhat abandoned the subject of social partnership in labour relations, tasked with heading Europe’s largest commercial court for a six-year term. Enabling me to maintain my level of expertise, my responsibilities, however, prevented me from immersing into the most pressing issues. Meanwhile, the latter abounded, which I realised three years after my resignation, returning to the area of my professional formation. As a result, we will take stock of the relevant issues with a ‘fresh eye’.
It is no exaggeration to include our speakers in the top echelon of labour law research. At the same time, they are well-versed in the practical aspect of the area: one of them has extensive trade union management experience in Russia, and another one has been representing employers’ interests worldwide. Our third speaker is a unique expert in comparative labour law with a PhD degree conferred for the analysis of two states that had started from similar conditions. The comparison will allow the opportunity to consider whether our grievances with the Russian social partnership model are justified and whether there is room for improvement.
Sergey Chucha, Chief of the Interdisciplinary Center for Legal Research of Labor Law and Social Security Law, Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISL RAS)
- Konstantin Krylov – Chairman, Moscow Society of Labor and Social Security Law, Russian Federation
- Alexander Kurennoy – Head of the Labor Law Department at the School of Law of the Moscow State University (MSU), Russian Federation
- Kirill Tomashevsk – Chairman, Public association 'Community of Labour Law' (Minsk), Republic of Belarus
‘The need for non-judicial conflict resolution procedures has exacerbated against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic’
Discussion Session ‘Social Obligations and Consumer Disputes in Digital Era’
Many individuals perceive judicial remedy to be a complex and protracted process. Meanwhile, the most vulnerable population categories such as financial service consumers, senior citizens and people with disabilities often require expedient resolution of their legal disputes. The state spares no effort to simplify the corresponding mechanism while actively promoting non-judicial conflict resolution procedures. A successful example of such efforts is the relatively recent Financial Ombudsman institute, which aims to settle disputes between financial services consumers and providers.
The need for non-judicial conflict resolution procedures has exacerbated against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, as courts of law had to suspend proceedings except the most urgent cases. The resulting epidemiological situation has forced public institutes, the judicial system included, to take a sizeable step towards digitalization.
At the session, the experts will address relevant issues and development prospects of non-judicial consumer dispute resolution procedures in Russia and the challenge of meeting social obligations in the context of digital transformation.
- Andrey Kigim – Chairman, Pension Fund of the Russian Federation
- Yuri Voronin – – Chief Financial Ombudsman, Russian Federation