Digest 40

We are glad to present you the 40th issue of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Digest.

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News of the Forum

How to take part as a speaker of the VI SPBILF?


The Forum program includes a plenary session, presentations, conferences and roundtable discussions organized in the following eight areas:

  1. Private Law
  2. Corporate Practice / International Trade / Competition Protection
  3. Litigation and Arbitration Practice
  4. Smart Society
  5. Investments / Finance
  6. International Law / Rule of Law
  7. Cultural Heritage / Public Interest / Environment Protection
  8. Legal Profession

If you want to take part as a speaker in one of the proposed round table discussions please register as a participant on the Forum website, look at the preliminary business programme and submit your application (full name, position, organization, short bio, theme of the discussion session) via programcommittee@spblegalforum.com. The application will be considered by the Programme Committie.

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On 19 February 2016 Kaliningrad will house “Arbitration Reform: Next Steps?” guest conference under the aegis of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum


An array of laws on the arbitration reform in Russia was adopted in December 2015. This was preceded by almost three-year preparatory work by the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Supreme Court, and representatives of business and legal communities. All entities that were involved in drafting these laws had a common goal of solving a number of serious problems the Russian arbitration faced in the past twenty years: arbitrators’ dependence on the founders and leadership of the permanent courts of arbitration, improper practices in the course of arbitration, use of arbitration for dishonest purposes and, as a consequence, a constant decline in demand for arbitration among business actors. In the process of these laws’ preparation a number of experts expressed concerns that implementation of the proposed laws might lead to ‘governmentalization’ of arbitration and a decrease of its accessibility.

The laws stipulate a new scheme of arbitration tribunals’ organization, in accordance with the latest world trends a system of interaction between arbitration courts and state courts will be modernized, arbitrability of disputes will be significantly expanded, and procedural rules of arbitration will be clarified. However, adoption of laws is only the first stage of a broad-scale reform; it is expected that a series of normative acts necessary for implementation of the laws will have been issued by the time the laws become effective (by the 1st of September 2016).

The guest conference of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum “Arbitration Reform: Next Steps?” in Kaliningrad is the first major international event after the adoption of arbitration reform laws where developers of the adopted laws, practitioners and leading arbitration experts will be involved in professional comprehensive discussion of the forthcoming reform of arbitration proceedings, further steps of its implementation, exchange of opinions on the prospects of further development of arbitration in Russia and abroad.

The following panel discussions will be held during the conference:

  1. New rules of establishment and functioning of arbitration tribunals;
  2. Procedural novelties in arbitration.

Among participants of the guest conference there are representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, scientific community and practicing lawyers from Russia, Baltic states, Scandinavia, Poland and Germany.

Participation in the Conference is free of charge. Registration form is available at http://kaliningrad2016.spblegalforum.com/en.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to refuse an application without stating the reason.


Renaud Sorieul, Secretary, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)


Leading experts in the spheres of law, economy and international relations, heads of world companies’ legal departments, members of international legal community have been interviewed by our journalist during the V SPBILF and shared their impressions on the Forum.

Find a video-interview in each issue of the Digest and enjoy viewing!

Lawyers make forecasts

At the beginning of the year we decided to find out about your plans and hopes for the 2016. Share with us your forecasts for the coming year, and in anticipation of the new year we sum up the results and find out what desires have been fulfilled.