The tradition of guest Conferences was laid on the 29th of January, 2013, in London, and the Conference in The Hague titled “Better Justice, Better Business” became the second event of this project.
The venue was chosen in view of the fact that the year 2013 is the Russia-Netherlands Bilateral Year. St. Petersburg International Legal Forum in The Hague was organized by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and The Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, and supported by the World Legal Forum.
All the sessions of the Conference took place in a friendly atmosphere of the elite Club Littéraire Sociëteit de Witte. During the three sessions the participants were discussing the most topical problems of mediation (“Mediation in Transnational Disputes”), international dispute resolution (“Legal Frameworks for Better Dispute Resolution”) and Russian-Dutch cooperation (“Business Panel: Russian-Dutch Trade and Business Cooperation: Better Justice, Better Business”).
The Word of Welcome was given by Ivo Opstelten, Minister of Security and Justice of the Netherlands, and Arkadiy Dvorkovich, Vice Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
Elena Borisenko, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Lyudmila Novoselova, the Chair of the Intellectual Property Court, Hugo Hans Siblesz, Secretary General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Prof. Ernst Hirsch Ballin, former Minister of Justice of the Netherlands; Professor of Dutch and European Constitutional Law (University of Tilburg), and of Human Rights (University of Amsterdam), participated as the key speakers of the Conference.
The interchange of valuable experiences among Russian and Dutch legal experts, as well as the joint assessment of the situation have obviously given a strong impulse to the development of the Dutch-Russian partnership, and the Conference itself has become the next landmark on the way to the III St. Petersburg International Legal Forum which will be held in St. Petersburg on May