Forum starts in
The IX St. Petersburg International Legal Forum has opened in Russia's Northern capital

The business programme of the Forum—one of the key professional events for lawyers not only from Russia, but around the world—launches on Wednesday, May 15. These professionals will be joined in discussing the relevant legal agenda by politicians, finance specialists, businessmen, researchers, and guest experts.

The constantly expanding global reach serves as evidence of the Forum’s popularity: representatives from 95 countries from all continents will participate in SPBILF events. These countries include Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, UAE, and USA. The venue is expected to bring together around 4900 professionals.

Over 80 delegations of foreign Ministries of Justice, Supreme and Constitutional Courts will attend SPBILF events. 13 Chief Justices of Constitutional Courts, 11 Chief Justices of Supreme Courts, and 12 Ministers or Deputy Ministers of Justice will be foreign guests of honour at the Forum. The following international organizations have expressed their interest in the SPBILF programme: The Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Council of Europe Human Rights Directorate, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and others.

The Forum's business programme will cover discussions on practical legal issues, matters of national and global legislation, and the challenges lawyers face in the modern world. The plenary session ‘The Art of Law’ where Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev will participate is opening the programme. Over 120 events, including discussion, lectures, presentations, talk shows, and conferences, are planned to take place in the course of the Forum. The programme sessions are grouped in 10 thematic tracks:

  • Smart Society. Digital Economy
  • Legal Profession. Legal Department Management. Notary
  • Dispute Resolution. Litigation and Arbitration Practice. Execution of Courts’ and Arbitral Decisions
  • International Law. International Justice. Rule of Law. Constitutional Law
  • Сulture. Science. Education. Sport
  • Private Law. Family Law. Private Clients
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate. Industry-Specific Legislation. Public Private Partnership
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Antimonopoly Regulation. Tax and Customs Regulation. Public Procurement


A new track, Pharmaceutics, has been introduced this year, where experts will discuss intellectual property in pharmaceutics, legal aspects of medicine circulation and the development strategy of pharmaceutics in the Russian Federation through 2030. The Smart Society track is expected to be one of the most exciting ones, with speakers discussing the challenges and objectives that the rapid development of the world of technology and global digitalization present to legislators and practicing lawyers. The forum’s key events include the discussion of the new draft legislation on government oversight with Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Konstantin Chuychenko, as well as a the Russian-French Discussion Session 'Economic Attractiveness of Law’ where Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Konovalov and Minister of Justice of France Nicole Belloubet will make an address.

The International Insolvency Forum is due to take place for the third time as a part of the SPBILF. The platform will bring together economists, banking and finance professionals, lawyers, representatives of the legislative and judicial powers, members of international organizations. The experts will discuss the practical aspects of bringing persons to subsidiary liability, implementation of rescue culture, challenges of asset tracing, technologies in bankruptcy procedures and other relevant issues of the regulatory framework for financial insolvency.

The awarding of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Prize for Private Law for the second time, unofficially known as the Legal Nobel Prize, is another important event at the forum. This is an academic award which is unparalleled both in Russia and around the world. The shortlist is made up of outstanding legal papers nominated by leading universities from around the world. The winner was announced on May 14 at the Saint-Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, the Prize will go to Jeremias Prassl, Oxford University professor, for his study ‘Humans as a Service’. The winner of the Prize will receive 10 million roubles and a crystal statuette created by world-famous designer Karim Rashid. The awarding will take place on May 15 as a part of the Plenary Session of the SPBILF.

In addition to lively discussions and formal events, a diverse cultural programme is in store for the participants. Every year, the most anticipated event of the cultural programme is the Legal Street evening on Rubinsteina street where legal firms will throw unforgettable parties, treat their guests to unique dishes and cocktails from local bars and even give guests a chance to compete for a Harley Davidson in a prize draw. Participants will also have an opportunity to tour the sights of the Northern capital, attend concerts, social events, and a splendid gala dinner.

The Forum is organized by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation.

The SPBILF will traditionally take place in the Eastern Wing of the State Hermitage’s General Staff Building.