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The legal forum “Modern Problems of Law and Economy of Europe and Asia” was organized for the first time in 2018. For the third time Forum will be the main legal event bringing together experts in the field of law and economics. Based on the results of the forum, methodological and practical recommendations and proposals for improving the world legislation will be prepared on the main areas of the panel discussions.

In 2020 the traditional International Legal Forum "“Modern Problems of Law and Economy of Europe and Asia” was held online which allowed experts from around the world to make presentations on topical issues of law and economics.

Viktor V. Blazheev, Rector of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Chairman of the Russian Association of Lawyers, Honored Lawyer of the Russian Federation, welcomed the participants of the forum which this year was held online due to the pandemic. He noted that information technologies affect absolutely all spheres of society, which requires certain legislative novelties.

Maria A. Egorova, President and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Forum, Head of the MSAL International Cooperation Department, Professor of the Department of Competition Law, said that the Forum is a unique scientific platform, which is of inter-industry nature, as it brings together specialists from various fields: the Forum is attended by practicing lawyers, politicians, economists, as well as representatives of public associations and organizations from 15 countries.

116 speakers from France, Italy, India, China, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, USA, Brazil, Tajikistan and Russia spoke at 7 expert platforms of the Forum during two days, discussing issues of European and Eurasian integration, legal innovations, comparative law, the impact of digitalization on criminal and penal law, financial ecosystems and intellectual property protection.

Forum were attended by representatives from more than 30 universities including Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University (France), University Lumière Lyon 2 (France), University Cote d’Azur (France), Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), University of Naples Federico II (Italy), University of Teramo (Italy), University of Trieste (Italy), University of Illinois (USA), Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Pomeranian Academy in Słupsk (Poland), Matej Bel University (Slovakia), Pavol Jozef Safarik University (Slovakia), Tajik State University (Tajikistan).


III International Online Legal Forum in numbers:

  • 2 days
  • 3 working languages: Russian, English, French
  • 7 panel discussions
  • 9 partners
  • 218 participants
  • 116 speakers from Russia, France, Italy, India, China, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, USA, Brazil.

More than 100 participants from Russia, France, Italy, India, China, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Lithuania. 

Russian participants from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vologda, Ekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Saratov, Orenburg, Chelyabinsk, Sterlitamak, Nizhny Novgorod, Barnaul, Klin, Tambov, Orel, Krasnodar, Izhevsk.

The agenda of the plenary session included issues related to the rule of law and its role, the interaction of the world’s legal systems in the current digital environment, the problems of law and innovation as a basis for the development of the ecosystem of the XXI century.

Stephan U. Breu, Honorary Professor, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Secretary General of the Swiss Centre for International Humanitarian Law, in his welcoming speech emphasized that the Forum is an excellent platform for a full-fledged expert dialogue and the solution of problems arising before the international community in legal and economic spheres. Garegin Tosunyan, President of the Association of Russian Banks, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Law, reviewing the confidence factor in financial and legal relations described the international aspects in detail. Victor Vaypan, Vice-Rector for Innovative Scientific and Technological Development, Lomonosov Moscow State University, President of the Moscow Regional Branch of Association of Lawyers of Russia, presented challenges of legal educational digitalization. Transformation of the business environment in the inter-sessional property was analyzed by Grigoriy Ivliev, Head of the Federal Intellectual Property Service (Rospatent).

Among the speakers of the plenary session were Yin Baohu, Director-General of Law Institute of China Law Society, Senior Counselor of International Department of China Law Society, Secretary-General of Law Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, Executive Committee Member of LAWASIA, and Chairman of the Belt & Road Standing Committee of LAWASIA, Marco Ricceri, Secretary General of the European Institute of Political, Economic and Social Studies (EURISPES), Aleksey Sushkevich, Director of the Antimonopoly Regulation Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission, Member of the Expert Board of the Agency of Strategic Initiatives,  Honorary Economist of the Russian Federation, Guillaume Protiere, Dean of the Faculty of Law Julie-Victoire Daubié, Université Lumière - Lyon 2, HDR Associate Professor, Vladimir Belykh, Head of the Department of Business Law at Ural State Law University, Honored Scientist of the Russian FederationDoctor of Law, Professor, Aleksndr Larin, Deputy Vice-Rector for Academic and Learning Support, PhD, Associate Professor and Mukhail Yakushev, Deputy Director of the Digital Environment Institute of the Higher School of Economics — National Research University.

In the panel discussion “Problems of Mutual Integration of French and Russian Legislation: Comparative Aspect” moderated by Maria Egorova, Head of the International Cooperation Department, Professor  of Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Member of the Executive Committee of the Moscow branch of Association of Lawyers of Russia, and Alain Duflot, expert and world-class law practitioner, Co President of the International Alliance of Jurists and Economists of France, Lawyer, Founder of Duflot&Partners legal practice, Professor at Jean Moulin Lyon III University (Lyon, France) the diplomatic and legal experts discussed the current legal issues in Russia and France, assess the progress made towards mutual integration and shared their latest findings and the results of scientific activities in various branches of law. It included such critical areas as human rights and freedoms, cybersecurity, resolution of cross-border disputes, migration issues, protection of personal data, regulation of public procurement etc. It appears that comparative jurisprudence methods would help to identify the weaknesses and strengths of the two countries' approaches and to find optimal responses to contemporary challenges.

In the panel discussion “Eurasian Economic Union, China and India: Prospects for Legal and Economic Cooperation in the Context of Legal Integration” moderated by Valentina Komarova, Head of the Constitutional and Municipal Law Department of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Doctor of Law, Professor and Andrey Ragulin, Associate Professor of the Criminal Law Department of the Moscow University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Vice-Rector of the Russian Academy of Lawyers and Notaries, Editor-in-chief of the “Eurasian Advocacy”, Attorney at the Moscow Chamber of Advocates, Vice-President, Chairman of the Commission on Protection of the Rights of Lawyers Members of Legal Entities of the Russian Lawyers Guild, Senior Vice-President of the Russian-Asian Association of Lawyers, Doctor of Law, scientists, representatives of Russian and foreign universities, public authorities, business community and international non-governmental organizations considered the constitutional legal bases for economic cooperation, analyze the various mechanisms for economic cooperation and their legal implementation, examine problems and develop areas for further cooperation to achieve the objectives and standardize legislation. In the example of the national legislation of Russia, India and China, it investigated the legal regulation of forms of economic cooperation and implementation practices with a view to the further dissemination of successful experiences.

Panel discussion “Scientific Approaches to Comparative Law” was moderated by Vladimir Sinyukov, Vice-Rector for Research, Professor of the Department of State and Law of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Doctor of law, Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation and Maria Egorova, Doctor of Law, Professor, Member of the Executive Committee of the Moscow branch of Association of Lawyers of Russia, Head of the MSAL International Cooperation Department. During this discussion, the speakers considered the latest achievements, trends, problems and prospects in the field of comparative law, using examples from some aspects of private and public international law and even the subtleties of legal linguistics.

Nowadays, digital technologies are being incorporated into human life worldwide, becoming inexplicably an integral part of it. Information law is intertwined with both private and public law. Criminal law and Criminal procedure do not constitute an exception. Digital technologies have brought to the criminal sphere both negative aspects (the emergence of cybercrime, the lack of a conceptual framework, the need for criminalization) and undeniable advantages. Thus, the discussion will focus on the practical aspect of the use of digital technologies in Criminal law: modern scientific advances make it possible to improve investigative activities. However, the State still faces the challenge of developing a new law enforcement technological response; the digitization of criminal proceedings requires the transformation of traditional institutions of proof, rights of participants in the proceedings, and improvement of the forms of proceedings.

As part of the discussion “Modern Problems of Application of Criminal Liability and the Use of Digital Technologies”, speakers exchanged experiences on the use of digital technologies in criminal proceedings in various countries, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderators: Lidia Voskobitova, Head of the Criminal Procedure Law Department of the Kutafin Moscow State law University (MSAL), Doctor of Law, Professor and Mario Antinucci, Associate Professor of the SAPIENZA University, Head of International Relations at Order of the Lawyers of Rome & VP of SIRIUS GLOBAL.

The panel discussion “Impact of Legal Innovation on Financial Ecosystems: Comparative Legal Studies” covered the most pressing problems of introducing the latest digital technologies into the financial ecosystems of different national legal orders. Special attention was paid to the general problems of Civil law related to the introduction of new digital technologies into economic relations in Russia and foreign countries. In particular, the panelists discussed the doctrinal provisions developed by British scholars on the legal nature of digital financial assets. The panel discussion was moderated by Maria Egorova, Head of the International Cooperation Department, Professor  of Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Member of the Executive Committee of the Moscow branch of Association of Lawyers of Russia, Lyudmila Efimova, Doctor of Law, Professor, Head of the Banking Law Department of Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) and Gabriella Marčelja, President at SIRIUS GLOBAL - Academic Diplomacy 4.0, Director at Startup Grind & Chief Representative of the Cleantech Cluster in Italy and Croatia (Rome, Italy).

The technological development of society today shows that we are actively rethinking not only the content of the law, its sources, but also the form of the law, the mechanisms for its formation and its objective form of existence in society. The law ceases to be the primary regulator in a number of respects. Technical regulation is beginning to play a crucial role, as it allows to respond swiftly to all technical developments. In this regard, the law, trying to maintain leadership in the regulatory landscape, begins, using a technological method, to use technical regulations more actively, borrow them, and syncretic rules are emerging. The result of the development of information society and digital transformation is the fundamental reorganization of all information processes in society. One of the most relevant processes is the development of smart cities, the development of certain digital technologies and their application in various spheres of public life, and the provision of information security, including cybersecurity etc. The global pandemic has increased the importance of these processes through the increased adoption of technologies and creating a certain degree of social dependence on them. The search for human survival involves not only the search for medicines (for which advanced technologies are also being actively used), but also new forms and ways of contactless interaction between people and the legal enforcement of these processes. All these issues were reviewed on the panel discussion “Smart City, Technologies and Law: Russian, Swiss and French experience” moderated by Stephan U. Breu, Honorary Professor, Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Secretary General of the Swiss Centre for International Humanitarian Law (Zurich, Switzerland) and Aleksey Minbaleev, Expert RAS, Head of the Information Law and Digital Technology Department of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Doctor of Law, Associate Professor.

The panel discussion “Current Challenges of Intellectual Property Protection and Results of Scientific Activities in the Digital Economy Era” were moderated by Lyudmila Novoselova, President of the Intellectual Rights Court, Head of the Intellectual Property Law of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Doctor of Law, Professor and Oleg Gorodov, Professor of Commercial Law Department of the Saint Petersburg State University, Doctor of Law. It addressed the key issues of intellectual property protection and intellectual performance in a rapidly evolving digital environment. A key factor influencing the development of intellectual property law in the modern world is transparency of digital relations, absence of actual boundaries in the world digital space, mixing of different branches of knowledge, science and technology. Special attention was paid to the study of current experience of different states in the field of legal protection of intellectual property and to comparative analysis with Russian legal regulation; development of international economic relations in the digital environment; problems of protection of personal data. Innovative development will also be reviewed in the light of the increased interest in cross-sectoral research. A special module were devoted to the specifics of the formation of specialized legal proceedings in the field of intellectual property.

The forum was closed by the First Vice-Rector of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) Elena Gracheva.

On September 16, 2020 Annual Congress of the International Alliance of Jurists and Economists was held for members of the International Alliance of Jurists and Economists (France).

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Maria A. Egorova
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Alain Duflot
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