Digest 42

We are glad to present you the 42nd issue of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Digest.

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News of the Forum

Representatives from Abkhazia, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Kingdom, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Singapore, USA, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Japan have already registered for the Forum


If you are interested in a list of participants please visit Delegates include. Today we are glad to introduce one of the Forum’s participants - John Demers.

John Demers is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Global Law Affairs, for the Boeing Company. In that capacity, John manages and leads the Boeing Law Department’s international practice group. With offices and attorneys around the world, Global Law Affairs provides enterprise-wide support to the company across a complete range of international legal issues. Global Law Affairs has three key areas of responsibility: general counseling for Boeing International and for the company’s foreign-based operations; advising the company on cross-border trade regulations (e.g., the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, trade controls and sanctions, foreign investment rules); and managing international legal policy matters, including World Trade Organization dispute resolution.

Previously, John was Chief Counsel for Network & Space Systems, a division of Boeing whose business includes satellites, space exploration, missile defense systems, cybersecurity, and network and tactical systems.

Before joining Boeing, John served in several different positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, including that of Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Law & Policy in the National Security Division. As such, he led a team of lawyers who were responsible for a variety of national security legal and policy issues.

In addition to his work at the Justice Department, John has worked in private practice at Ropes & Gray in Boston and clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. John graduated from Harvard Law School and the College of the Holy Cross and is a member of the bars of the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Legal Forum Live project organizers can now register event participants using Personal Office page


26 companies from 3 countries have already became the event organizers under the Legal Forum Live project. Welcome to join!

The Legal Forum Live project is a series of events all over the world. They involve watching online sessions of the VI St. Petersburg International Legal Forum and discussion of the relevant issues among representatives of regional legal communities.

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Ludmila Novosiolova, Chairman of Intellectual Property Rights Court


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!


In the time of rapidly developing technical capabilities and increasing value of time online training is getting more accessible and relevant. Please advice us which online courses are you taking.