3.12. Identification of Participants in Legal Relations of the Digital Environment and New Digital Services: Trend Towards Digital Economy

Thursday, May 17
16:30 - 18:00

Hall #5, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)


The VIII St Petersburg International Legal Forum that will be taking place on May 15–19 2018 is going to hold a round-table discussion called «Identification of Participants in Legal Relations of the Digital Environment and New Digital Services: Trend Towards Digital Economy». 

information and communications industry at its nowaday level has complex structure and can be by active involvement of technology in legal relations. Current legal regulation does not always reflect these characteristics and cannot catch up with demands of the industry. Existing laws on communication, information, personal data and media have a number of systemic restrictions that do not reflect the actual economic situation on the market. It is obvious that the legislation demands systematic revision and harmonization with modern technical conditions. It also requires a major transformation and update of legal norms in order to adequately meet the goals of digital economy. It is especially true for such areas as telecom infrastructure, personal data, identification-related issues, electronic document management, e-signatures, communication services, TV and radio broadcasting, new services and technologies.

Public officials, practising lawyers and scholars are invited to participate in the round-table discussion. Experts will address the following issues: What international experience should be considered to guarantee the protection of interests of citizens, business and authorities during modernization of information, communication and media? What regulatory changes will Digital Economy programme require?

Discussion topics:

  • spheres and methods of remote identity identification in the digital environment, the use of biometric identification in existing and emerging industries;
  • personal identifiers as personal data: possibilities and limits of processing and use of results of such processing;
  • principles of regulation: protection of personal interests in the era of digitalization, the balance of private and public interests, limits of permissible interference in private life;
  • data: the future of regulation and self-regulation, allocation of rights of the data owners;
  • traditional services and OTT services: convergence or differentiation of regulation, protection of citizens ' rights, limits of anonymity in OTT services.


Nikita Danilov

Chief for Relations With Executive Bodies, MegaFon PJSC


Igor Drozdov

Chairman of the Executive Board, Skolkovo Foundation

Helena Haapio

Associate Professor, University of Vaasa


After completing legal studies at the University of Turku, Finland, and Cambridge University, England, she served as in-house Legal Counsel. Her articles have appeared in several business and professional publications (see SSRN). Her books include A Short Guide to Contract Risk (2013) and Proactive Law for Managers: A Hidden Source of Competitive Advantage (2011). Since her doctoral dissertation Next Generation Contracts: A Paradigm Shift (2013) her multi-disciplinary research focuses on ways to enhance the quality – especially functionality and usability – of contracts.

Helena is a Member of the Advisory Council of the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) and the Coordinator of IACCM Finland. She is actively involved in the development of the Nordic School of Proactive Law and of the ProActiveThinkTank. She acted as Expert to the European Economic and Social Committee in preparing its Opinion on The proactive law approach published in the Official Journal of the EU in 2009.

Helena has been nominated Export Educator of the Year by the Finnish Institute of Export. She has designed and conducted training on Legal Design, Proactive Contracting, Contractual Risk Management, and related topics around the world. She also acts as arbitrator. Through merging Proactive Law with Legal Design and technology she seeks to fundamentally change the way contracts are designed, communicated, perceived, and taught. Her vision is wise contracts: smart contracts that work for people and machines.

Christopher Kuner

Co-chair at Brussels Privacy Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Senior Privacy Counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Tatyana Kuzmina

Vice President-Head of Department, Gazprombank JSC

Iskender Nurbekov

Executive Director, Sberbank

David Reiss

Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

Ivan Zimin

Deputy Director of Financial Technologies Department, Bank of Russia

* The Programme may be subject to change