Digest 137

April 15, 2021 Subsribe

“In most cases, they consider the so-called basic digital right, which is the right to access the Internet, as well as the right to protection of personal data and the right to be forgotten”

Discussion Session 'Digital Rights – New Human Rights'

MA new concept of “digital rights” has been recently introduced into the Russian Civil Code. However, being introduced for civil law purposes, it is now a sector-specific concept that has nothing to do with the concept of digital rights emerging in international law.

Appeared at the end of the 20th century, the concept of digital rights is still incomplete. Moreover, even the term “digital rights” itself has only recently come into use replacing the terms “Internet rights”, “human rights on the Internet / in the cyberspace”, “cyber rights and cyber freedoms” being in use earlier on.

The public law nature of digital rights is generally recognized, but their content has various interpretations. The said makes it difficult for experts to draw up even an approximate list of such rights. In most cases, they consider the so-called basic digital right, which is the right to access the Internet, as well as the right to protection of personal data and the right to be forgotten. However, the concept encompasses human rights that are at risk of being violated in the age of the latest information and communication technologies. Thus, the range of such rights shall definitely not be limited to those mentioned.

Given that there are all grounds to acknowledge the concept of digital rights being one of the main concepts of international law, that allow the regulatory support of sustainable global development, a number of substantive issues need to be clarified. The very those issues will come up for discussion during the Discussion Session.


  • Marina Rozhkova, Chief Researcher at the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation, President of IP CLUB


  • Steve Crown – Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation
  • Vasily Lukashevich– Non-Judicial Rapporteur at the European Court of Human Rights, Senior Lawyer at the Registry of the ECHR
  • Nicolas Rouiller – Professor of Commercial Law at Lausanne Business School, Partner and cofounder of the law firm SwissLegal Rouiller & Associés (Lausanne, Fribourg, Geneva)
  • Michael Yakushev – Assistant Director, Institute of Digital Law at HSE University

Discussion Session 'Legal Issues of Blocking and Restricting the Activities of Online Media and Social Networks'

Federal law N 482-FZ which came into force on January 10, 2021, granted Roskomnadzor the right to block Internet resources on grounds of improper censorship and/or discrimination. A source is considered discriminatory if, for instance, it violates the rights and freedoms of the Russian citizens to freely seek, receive, transfer, produce, or distribute information in any legal way or practices censorship of the content of the Russian media. The invited participants will consider the legal basis and law enforcement practice on the issues of restricting activities of online media and social networks at the request of the Prosecutor General Office in cases of incitement to extremism, dissemination of false information as well as on the implementation of improper censorship.

The invited speakers: Andrey Yuryevich Lipov, Head of Roskomnadzor (tbc), Veronica Fridman, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Higher School of Economics, Advisor, Gowling WLG, Alexander Arkhangelsky, journalist and writer, HSE University professor, Representative form Google.

The discussion will be held in Russian and English (with simultaneous interpretation).

Discussion Session 'Glass Ceiling'

In what direction should the leader of the legal team develop after a long corporate career and in the conditions of a crisis in the market of top personnel? Where to direct your career path to remain a successful and in-demand professional?

Former legal directors of major Russian and foreign companies will talk about overcoming the 'glass ceiling' and their career paths.


  • Olga Demidova – CEO, The Paragraph


  • Elena Kashirina – Compliance Director, Anti-Corruption, McDonalds
  • Mikhail Popov – Deputy Head, Federal Property Management Agency
  • Dmitry Timofeev – Vice-President GR & Corporate Affairs, PIK Group
  • Vadim Zaitsev – CEO, Rogsibal LLC