St. Petersburg International Legal Forum is going online

St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 9 ½: The Rule of Corona is starting on Friday, April 10th. Major politicians, prominent legal experts and scientists will discuss legal aspects of social life under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020 St. Petersburg International Legal Forum will be conducted in an online format following current requirements. In the run of three days (April 10-12th) the participants of the Forum will assess global legal challenges created by new coronavirus and its rapid proliferation. Full programme is available at Petersburg International Legal Forum website.

Thousands of legal experts from all over the world will have an opportunity to join and follow the discussions: thanks to the support of Gazprombank, SPILF general partner, and other financial partners Forum 9 ½ is free of charge. You can register here.

Unlike traditional business programme, ‘SPILF 9 ½: The Rule of Corona’ will have a single track and will be broadcast on a special platform from 10.30 a.m. till 8.30 p.m. with small breaks. Registered participants will be asking speakers their questions via chat, the most interesting ones will be selected by host moderator whose name is keep secret for the time being.

The Programme of the Forum will involve all spheres of public and business life, including human rights and public administration during epidemic, employers’ and employees’ rights regulation, peculiarities of judicial protection and legal aspects of business operations under the conditions of global pandemic. Forum 9 ½ will be opened by the Plenary session. Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Secretary General of Council of Europe, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization, and international law experts will take part in it. Konstantin Chuychenko, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, will deliver a welcoming speech to the participants of the Forum. The session will also be attended by K Shanugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law of the Republic of Singapore, and Zhenghua Fu, Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China. The politicians and legal experts are going to discuss the role of law within the combat against COVID-19 proliferation and tools used for that goal.

The plenary session will be followed by the Open Meeting of Ministers of Justice, which will be moderated by Konstantin Chuychenko. This online meeting will be attended by Rustam Badasyan, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, and Teresa Cheng, Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong.

The session ‘Human rights under the quarantine’ will be one of the key topics at the Forum 9 ½, Mikhail Galperin, Representative of the Russian Federation in the European Court of Human Rights – Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, and Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director General Human Rights and Rule of Law at Council of Europe, will be co-moderating it. The experts are going to discuss the limits for human rights restrictions for the protection of population from the virus, the problems of concreteness and commensurability of requirements in different countries as well as differences in quarantine legal statuses. Rustam Badasyan, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Armenia, Dmitriy Aristov, Director of the Federal Bailiffs’ Service – Chief Bailiff of the Russian Federation, Alexander Kalashnikov, Director of Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, Jan Kleijssen, Director of Information Society and Action against Crime Directorate at Council of Europe, and Tatyana Moskalkova, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation, will share their views. Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, President of European Court of Human Rights, will deliver his video address.

The conditions of the pandemic lead to the changes of both civil and labour law landscape: all over the world companies are transferring their employees’ work online, thus changing cooperation conditions. Session ‘Labour and Social Protection in Post-Viral Period: the Search for New Places and Roles’ is dedicated to this topic and will be moderated by Yuri Voronin, Chief Financial Ombudsman of the Russian Federation. Andrey Kigim, Chairman of Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation, and Nikita Lyutov, Head of the Department of Labor Law and Social Security Law at Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), will take part in the discussion among others. Labour law discussion will be carried on at the session ‘Resetting Employment Relations. Finding a Balance of Interests Between Employers and Employees in the New Reality’ which will be held on the third day of the Forum.

Culture traditionally holds specific place within SPILF agenda. This year the session ‘Culture in Quarantine: Limitations and New Opportunities’ is dedicated to this topic and it will be attended by Olga Lyubimova, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Mikhail Piotrovskiy, General Director of State Hermitage Museum, Mikhail Shvidkoy, Special Representative of Russian President on International Cultural Cooperation, and Gustavo Martins De Almeida, Legal Counsel at Museum of Modern Art Rio.

Business regulation under the conditions of the pandemic will become another trend to be discussed. This topic has found its way into several round-tables. They are among others:

  • ‘The Aikido Principle in the Age of the Coronavirus: How to Resolve Disputes with Counterparties?’ presided by Russian Corporate Counsel Association;
  • ‘Is it the Epidemic Itself or its Outcomes that Make a Force Majeure?’ presided by International and Comparative Law Research Center;
  • ‘Coronavirus and Bankruptcy’.