3.2. Artificial Intelligence for Lawmakers: Present and Future

Friday, May 18
11:00 - 13:00

Hall #7, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

In today’s world, the relationship of technology and law is troubled: on one hand, the law has to adapt and become more agile in a new technological landscape; on the other, technology opens up a vast field of new opportunities for legal science. Today the matters of applicability of technology for legal regulation excite the best minds in Russia and worldwide. Legal tech market is growing dynamically and technosceptics already had to admit its potential. Both businesses and public bodies today pose requirements for development of algorithms for legal processes and law-making, which would drive down the costs, cut the middle-men and boost efficiency. A separate area that shows much promise is AI’s capability for legal analysis and drafting.

We expect a joint discussion of tech experts and jurists. What are the main trends today and what are the success stories in this area in Russia and abroad? What solutions are already available on the market and what can be expected in the nearest future? What areas of work feature in Digital Economy, a Russian action plan, and how will they be implemented; what is the international experience?


Igor Drozdov

Chairman of the Executive Board, Skolkovo Foundation


Elena Avakyan

Executive Director, Non-Profit Partnership "For Advancement of Corporate Law"


Being an expert in legal regulation of digital economy, Legal Tech and financial law, Helen is on all taskforces for each stream of the governmental program for Digital Economy with the Skolkovo competence centers, and also serves as an expert of the Advisory Board for Improvement of the Financial Market and Banking Sector Regulation, and the Expert Board for Digital Economy and Blockchain Technologies with the State Duma.

Earlier in her career, Helen provided expert assistance to the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, the Russian Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the State Duma’s Committee on Credit Organizations and Financial Markets, and the Committee on the Financial Markets and Currency Circulation with the Council of the Federation. She also acted as the expert for the State Duma’s Committee on Property.

While she served as the Head of the Department of Control and Analysis with the Supreme Arbitrazh (Commercial) Court of Russia, Helen was the key person in charge of the ambitious project of increasing the transparency and robustness of justice in Russia through the introduction of the Electronic Justice IT system. Thanks to her dedicated work this tool became commonly used by courts and the legal community.

Helen Avakyan is an Active State Counsellor of the Russian Federation, 2nd class. She was awarded the Russian Judicial System honorable charter and is commended by the Court of Intellectual Rights.

She graduated cum laude from the Saint Petersburg State University Law School.

Marie Bernard

CEO, NextLaw Labs

Hamid Ekbia

Professor, Indiana University, USA

Sergey Izraylit

Director, Department for Development and Planning, Skolkovo Foundation, Russian Federation

Victor Naumov

Managing Partner, Dentons Europe LLC

Sergey Sarbash

Head of Department of General Problems of Private Law, Alexeev's Private Law Research Center

* The Programme may be subject to change