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2.3. Women in Law

Wednesday, May 15
16:30 - 18:15

Hall #4, General Staff Building (6-8, Dvortsovaya sq.)

Traditionally the discussion session ‘Women in Law’ is extremely popular within the delegates of the Forum. This year the chair of the session Elena Borisenko - Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management, Gazprombank JSC – invites to continue the discussion and focus on the questions that are becoming more important each day:

∙ How is the role of women changing in one of the most conservative professional communities?

∙ What challenges have become a turning point in professional life?

∙ How to be successful in the profession?

These and other questions will be discussed by the speakers of the session – women who inspire colleagues to seek new career achievements by their outstanding professional example.

President of the Law Society of England and Wales Christina Blacklaws, International Arbitrator of One Essex Court Dame Elizabeth Gloster, Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Anna Joubin-Bret, Former General Counsel of OPEC Asma Muttawa and Judge of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation Natalya Pavlova will share their secrets on the balance of personal and professional life.


Elena Borisenko

Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management, Gazprombank JSC


As the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Management, Ms. Borisenko is overseeing the Gazprombank’s Legal Department and responsible for addressing all legal matters encountered by Gazprombank and its group of companies.

  • Education

Saint Petersburg State University, Law School (2000)

  • Legal practice

Private legal practice, corporate and commercial law (2000-2008)

Member of Saint-Petersburg Bar Chamber (2001-2008)

  • State Service

2008 - 2009 - Advisor to the Head of the Federal Registration Service

2009 - 2010 - Advisor to the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation 

Feb. 2010 - March 2011 – Head of the Department of Legal Aid and Cooperation with Judicial System, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation

2011 - 2012 - Advisor to the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation, Official Representative of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

2012 - 2015 – Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation.

Areas of responsibility: development of legal profession: pro bono legal aid, attorneys and bars, notary, forensics, improvement of the national arbitration legislation.

  • Teaching and lecturing

 Saint-Petersburg State University, Law School, State and Administrative Law Department (2013-till now)


Christina Blacklaws

President, The Law Society of England and Wales


Christina is the President of the Law Society of England and Wales and performs a range of ambassadorial and representative functions both domestically and internationally. In addition, she holds a range of public appointments including member of the Family Justice Council, trustee of LawWorks, member of the Judicial Diversity Forum, chairs the Law Society’s Legal Technology Policy Commission, as well as chair of the government’s Lawtech Delivery Panel. Christina also leads on the Society’s relationship with Barclays to develop lawtech incubators.

She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, technology and access to justice and uses everyopportunity to advocate and progress positive change in these areas.

Christina is an award winning (for innovation and diversity and inclusion) published author, speaker and lecturer and frequent media commentator.

Dame Elizabeth Gloster

International Arbitrator, One Essex Court


Dame Elizabeth Gloster practised as a commercial and Chancery QC at One Essex Court from 1991 until 2004, before accepting an appointment as a High Court judge, becoming the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Commercial Court. She was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2013 and became Vice-President of the Civil Division of that Court in 2016. Since retiring from the Court of Appeal in 2018, Liz has returned to One Essex Court to practise as a full-time commercial arbitrator. She has been appointed both as chair and co-arbitrator in a wide range of international arbitrations including insurance/reinsurance, banking, energy, construction, joint venture and investment disputes.

Anna Joubin-Bret

The Secretary, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)


Mrs. Anna Joubin-Bret is the Secretary of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and Director of the Division on International Trade Law in the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations. She has been appointed on 24 November 2017.

Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Joubin-Bret was Attorney-at-law and practiced in Paris. She specialized in International Investment Law and Investment Dispute Resolution. She focused on serving as counsel, arbitrator, mediator and conciliator in international investment disputes. She served as arbitrator in several ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC disputes. Prior to 2011 and for 15 years, Anna was the Senior Legal Adviser for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). In this capacity, she managed the research and advisory work on international investment law issues as well as the technical assistance program on international investment agreements (IIAs). During her tenure, Anna assisted countries and governments in the formulation of investment policies and frameworks and the management of investor-State disputes. Anna has edited and authored seminal research and publications on international investment law, notably the Sequels to UNCTAD IIA Series. She co-edited with Jean Kalicki a book on Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in 2015. She lectures on international investment law in various universities and institutes all over the world. She holds a post-graduate degree (DEA) in Private International Law from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Masters Degree in International Economic Law from University Paris I and in Political Science from Institut d'Etudes Politiques. She has been Legal Counsel in the legal department of the Schneider Group, General Counsel of the KIS Group and Director-Export of Pomagalski S.A. She has been appointed judge at the Commercial Court in Grenoble (France) and was elected Regional Counsellor of the Rhône-Alpes Region in 1998.

Asma Muttawa

Former General Legal Counsel, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)


Asma Muttawa has 20+ years of professional experience delivering legal expertise on global issues related to the energy and oil & gas sectors. 

Recently, Asma served as a General Legal Counsel at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), coordinating all aspects of the Organization’s legal advice on both international and internal dimensions. Before joining OPEC, Asma worked as an in-house Legal Counsel for Schlumberger in Libya and at its Paris Headquarters, covering Europe, CEU and Africa on topics of legal operations, and compliance as well as implementing specific projects on themes such as local content. Before that, Asma worked for various United Nations organizations leading programmes on various legal issues.

Asma speaks English and Arabic fluently as well as German at a basic level. She has an LLB (Hons) in Law and an LLM in International Business and Comparative Law focusing on International Arbitration and Banking Law as well as being a qualified CIArb Aribtrator with extensive training in negotiations and experience in mediation.

Natalya Pavlova

Judge, Supreme Court of the Russian Federation

* The Programme may be subject to change