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Dmitry Medvedev Presented the Award to the Laureate of the “Legal Oscar”

On Wednesday, May 15, the SPILF Private Law Prize was presented to the winner – Professor of Oxford University Jeremias Prassel, during the Plenary Session of the IX St. Petersburg International Legal Forum.

His paper “People as Service” was named the best out of a hundred of researches, which had been submitted to the competition by the leading universities of the world. The Chairman of the Government of Russia Dmitry Medvedev presented the award to the winner. 

“A very good tradition is being developed now: to start the Forum with the Awarding Ceremony, which we sometimes call the “legal Oscar”. It was not easy to choose a winner, the Prize Expert Council worked hard. My sincere congratulations to the winner! It’s important that this is how serious approaches to science are born, this is how the most important researches are selected. I am very glad that we made the Private Law Prize a part of SPILF,” the Prime Minister said.  

Jeremias Prassel, in his turn, expressed his gratitude to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation and noted, how important it is to develop the legal sciences. “Private law plays an important role in creating better life for everybody», the laureate said.

The SPILF Prize was established in 2017 upon the initiative of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and the organizers of St. Petersburg International Legal Forum. It is a scientific prize and is unparalleled both in Russia and abroad. The winner is chosen by the Expert Council: it consists of renowned scientists, which papers were used as textbooks by several generations of lawyers, including professors of Oxford University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Antwerp University, Asian Academy of International Law, Bristol University, Cambridge University, and other major educational organizations. The prize laureate receives 10 million rubles and a crystal figurine, created by the famous designer Karim Rashid. In 2018, Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham Orsolya Toth became the first laureate of the prize for her book “Lex Mercatoria in Theory and Practice”.

St. Petersburg International Legal Forum takes place in the Eastern Wing of the General Staff Building of the State Hermitage from May 14 to 18. It is organized with the support of the President of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.