The forum was held online on the LF Academy platform over the course of three days, on April 10-12th. The broadcasts were available on the official SPBILF YouTube channels and the official websites of our partners. Almost 300 thousand people from 97 countries watched the live broadcasts, with the most popular sessions being followed by up to 9 thousand people simultaneously. Gazprombank supported the event as General Partner.
There were 124 speakers from 20 countries among the participants of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum 9 ½: The Rule of Corona. Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Konstantin Chuychenko, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, K Shanmugam, 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, took part in the Forum among others. International organizations, including the Council of Europe, UN core commissions, the International Labour Organization and others, have all expressed a strong interest in the SPBILF programme.
There were live broadcasts of 23 sessions, with speakers participating remotely. The Forum also preserved the tradition of ‘live’ communication. Registered participants were able to communicate in a special chat, ask the speakers questions directly and hold discussions with each other.
The programme of the Forum was dedicated to the legal aspects of public and business life under the conditions of the pandemic. A great deal of attention was paid to international law during the first day of SPBILF 9½. The establishment of supranational regulation of crisis situations, human rights limitations and protection and commensurability of requirements in different countries were all discussed within this context. Culture has traditionally taken a special place in the programme of the Forum - participants of the State Hermitage Museum session ‘Culture in Quarantine’, moderated by Mikhail Piotrovskiy, the Head of the Hermitage, discussed the transition of museums into cyberspace and the consequences of their being shutdown.
The second and third days of SPBILF were dedicated to the work of state bodies during the pandemic and business problems on all levels. Bankruptcy became one of the crucial topics both for the experts and for the viewers - measures undertaken by the government, help provided to citizens and challenges created by COVID-19 were discussed within this context.
The topic of Labour relations was key during several sessions, both for employers and employees. The experts analyzed the changes brought forward by the pandemic, discussed necessary actions for legislators and business and made their forecasts for the future. Discussions on contractual obligations were extremely popular among the viewers. The specifics of force majeure circumstances and their application, principles of work with contractors and the influence of government decisions on agreements which have already been concluded were also discussed at the Forum.
The professional field was also widely represented at the Forum. SPBILF speakers discussed the work of legal experts during the crisis, the provision of continuous notarial help to individuals and national and international courts going online.