Registration open for St. Petersburg International Legal Forum

Each year the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum (SPBILF) brings together ministers of justice, chairpersons of constitutional courts, secretary generals of international organizations, heads of leading legal firms, chief legal officers of major companies and representatives of state regulation companies and legal institutes from over 80 countries.

In 2015 over 3,500 delegatesfrom 84 countries took part in the forum with delegates representing Australia, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Ukraine, the UK, the U.S. and Vietnam.

Over 400 members of the media were on hand representing more than 100 organizations. Leading federal information agencies, TV and radio broadcasting companies and print and online media were accredited to cover SPBILF in 2015. The forum hosted more than 30 special media events. More than 20,000 people from 60 counties followed the discussions online.

Representatives of 56 countries, including Austria, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK and the U.S. have already registered for this year’s forum.

Numerous high profile guests are scheduled to speak at SPBILF in 2016. The Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation Alexander Konovalov, the Federal Minister of Justice of the Republic of Austria Wolfgang Brandstetter, the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan Berik Imashev, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Veniamin Yakovlev and the Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation Igor Artemyev have all confirmed their participation in the forum.

This year’s forum has attracted special interest among the banking community, investment funds and other financial structures, as its agenda features a special emphasis related to the mutual influence of business and law.

One of SPBILF’s traditional tasks is to offer its delegates an opportunity to identify models for solving the most complicated legal issues and sharing best practices for the establishment of a favorable business environment and the development of responsible entrepreneurship. The forum’s program includes a plenary session titled, Trust in Law – Mechanism for Global Crisis Resolution, presentations, conferences and roundtable discussions focusing on the following eight topics:

  • Private Law
  • Industry / Trade / Competition Protection
  • Litigation and Arbitration Practice
  • Smart Society
  • Investments / Finance
  • International Law / Safety and Security / Rule of Law
  • Environment Protection / Resources
  • Legal Profession

On May 17, 2016 the forum will host a special international convention titled Contemporary Constitutional Justice: Challenges and Prospects in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. Members of 33 delegations, including the heads of international organizations, judges from the European Court of Human Rights and chairpersons of the constitutional courts of Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Indonesia, Israel, Morocco, Myanmar, Serbia, South Korea, Switzerland and Thailand have already confirmed their participation.

The forum is organized by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation with the support of the President of the Russian Federation.

As always, the Forum will be held in the Eastern Wing of the General Staff Building of the Hermitage Museum.

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