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Programme

17 November 2020, Tuesday

Test day for speakers

18 November 2020, Wednesday

14.30-16.00

Plenary session

“Law and legal order: values and principles in the context of global challenges of modernity”

In 2020 the VII BRICS Legal Forum is focused on the formation of a fair and democratic legal order based on the generally accepted principles and values. The issue is indeed relevant due to the constant changes in the sphere of law which, in their turn, lead to the changes of legal values. During the plenary session, experts will concentrate on the identification of legal guidelines and fundamentals of legal education necessary to maintain the stability of legal systems and to enhance the legal cooperation among the BRICS Member States,  particularly, in critical situations. The plenary discussion will set the directions for the further work of the Forum’s panel sessions in order to determine current forms and prospects for cooperation among the BRICS Member States.

Moderator:

Vladimir Pligin, Chairman, Association of Lawyers of Russia

Speakers:

  • Sergey Olennikov, Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, Saint-Petersburg State University;
  • Alexey Serko, State Secretaty – Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disaster;
  • Anatoly Kapustin, Academic Adviser, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation; President, Russian International Law Association, professor;
  • Claudio Lamachia, President of the Commission on Foreign Affairs, Brazilian Bar Association;
  • Prashant Kumar, President, Bar Association of India;
  • Mingqi Zhang, Vice President, China Law Society;
  • Kathleen Dlepu, Chairperson, Legal Practice Council of South Africa.

Honoured guests:

  • Vladimir Gruzdev, Chairman of the Board, Association of Lawyers of Russia;
  • Alexey Klishin, Member of the Presidium, Chairman of the Commission on Legal Framework of Modern Integration Processes of the Russian Federation, Association of Lawyers of Russia; Rector, Swiss Academy for International Law, professor.
16.05-17.20

Panel session 1

“Legal profession and modern challenges”

In the environment of growing international tension, building the capacity for legal protection of national interests appears relevant. The prospective areas of cooperation within BRICS include: improvement of the quality of legal education and training of qualified legal personnel that meets the current requirements in terms of professional qualification (competence). Experts will discuss the mechanisms for developing human capacity in the legal sphere and creating social elevators for young lawyers.

Moderator:
Alexey Klishin, Member of Presidium, Chairman of the Commission on Legal Framework of Modern Integration Processes of the Russian Federation, Association of Lawyers of Russia; Rector, Swiss Academy for International Law, professor

Speakers:

  • Sergei Belov, Dean, Faculty of Law, Saint-Petersburg State University;
  • Han Yinghui, Vice President, Beijing Bar Association, Partner, Chang Tsi & Partners;
  • Pinky Anand, Vice President, Bar Association of India, Senior Advocate;
  • Igor Bartsits, Director of the Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), professor;
  • Caio Augusto Silva dos Santos, President, Sao Paulo Chapter of the Brazilian Bar Association;
  • Marcus Vinicius Furtado Coelho, Chairman of Constitutional Commission, Former President, Brazilian Bar Association, professor;
  • Michele van Eck, Senior Lecturer, Department of Private Law, University of Johannesburg;
  • Benny Makola, Advocate, Johannesburg Society of Advocates;
  • Elena Shapkina, Secretary, Commission of the Association of Lawyers of Russia on Legal Education.
17.25-18.40

Panel session 2

“Law in the age of the digital transformation of society”

The introduction of new technologies leads to changes not only in the social life but also in the legal institutions. What are the risks and opportunities of legal institutions in these conditions? The development of legal fundamentals for the functioning of new areas of activity, in particular artificial intelligence and information security, will be the subject of special attention of experts.

Moderator:
Vladimir Gruzdev, Chairman of the Board, Association of Lawyers of Russia

Speakers:

  • Igor Manylov, Secretary of the Presidium, Association of Lawyers of Russia;
  • Chunhui Wang, Professor, Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications;
  • Igor Kondrashov, Vice President – Director of Legal Department, SberBank;
  • Bruno Barata, Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Commission, Brazilian Bar Association;
  • Anthea Platt, Vice President, Legal Practice Council of South Africa;
  • Mzukisi Njotini, Vice Dean, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg;
  • Helen Avakyan, Member, Russian Federal Bar Association; Counsel, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners;
  • S S Naganand, Vice President, Bar Association of India;
  • Dmitry Lipin, Secretary, Commission of the Association of Lawyers of Russia on New Technologies and Legal Framework for Digitalization of Society.

19 November 2020, Thursday

14.00-15.15

Panel session 3

“New paradigms of international commercial dispute resolution”

In the context of the development of economic relations between the BRICS Member States and emerging countries, the idea to establish the arbitration institutions administering cross-border disputes between business entities of such countries becomes more and more important. Such approach would help to increase confidence among parties to civil transactions in the mentioned institutions in the course of the disputes involving a foreign element of the BRICS Member States or emerging countries. The participants will discuss the legal regulation of arbitration (arbitration proceedings) in the five countries, as well as the creation of a dispute resolution mechanism common for the BRICS Member States. Regulation and cooperation in the sphere of mediation will be the subject of a separate discussion.

Moderator:
Prashant Kumar, President, Bar Association of India

Speakers:

  • Alexander Grebelsky, Chairman, Panel for International and Investment Disputes, Arbitration Centre at the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP); Managing Partner, Grebelsky & Partners;
  • Hongmin Yao, Head of Legal Affairs, Shanghai International Arbitration Center;
  • Elina Sidorenko, Director General, Platforms for Working with Entrepreneurs “ZABIZNES.RF”;
  • Amarjit Chandhiok, President Elect, Bar Association of India; mediator;
  • Danil Vinnitsky, Director, BRICS Law Institute, Professor, Head of Financial Law Department, Ural State University of Law;
  • Lindi Nkosi-Thomas, Vice Chairperson, Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa;
  • Jackwell Feris, Director for Dispute Resolution practice, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr;
  • Jose Roberto Castro Neves, Professor, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro;
  • Xiuyan Fei, Associate Professor, BRICS Law Institute, East China University of Political Science and Law.
15.20-16.35

Panel session 4

“Legal regulation of sports and protection of the athletes’ rights in the BRICS Member States”

Experts taking part in  the panel discussion are invited to discuss the cooperation tools in anti-doping , fight against corruption in sports competitions and fixing of sports results. Special attention will be given to the demand for highly qualified lawyers who defend national interests in the sphere of sports.

Moderator:
Victor Blazheev, Rector, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Co-Chairman, Association of Lawyers of Russia, professor

Speakers:

  • Ksenia Mashkova, State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation;
  • Guilherme Caputo Bastos, Justice at the Brazilian Superior Labor Court;
  • Siyuan Tian, Professor, Law School, Tshinghua University;
  • Nikolay Peshin, Head of Administrative Law Chair, Lomonosov Moscow State University, professor;
  • Patrick Bracher, Director, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc.;
  • Alexander Orlov, Director, Sports Law Centre, Deputy Head of the Sports Law Chair, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL);
  • Kirill Entin, Deputy Registrar – Head of the Research and Analysis Department, Court of the Eurasian Economic Union;
  • Uday Warunjikar, Vice President, Bar Association of India.
16.40-17.40

Summary of the Forum. Signing of the Declaration. Closing of the Forum

Moderator:

Elena Spiridonova, Acting CEO – Chief of Staff, Association of Lawyers of Russia

Speakers:

  • Vladimir Pligin, Chairman, Association of Lawyers of Russia;
  • Marcus Vinicius Furtado Coelho, Chairman of Constitutional Commission, Former President, Brazilian Bar Association, professor;
  • Prashant Kumar, President, Bar Association of India;
  • Mingqi Zhang, Vice President, China Law Society;
  • Mabaeng Denise Lenyai, Vice President, Law Society of South Africa;
  • Alexey Klishin, Member of Presidium, Chairman of the Commission on Legal Framework of Modern Integration Processes of the Russian Federation, Association of Lawyers of Russia; Rector, Swiss Academy for International Law, professor.

Presentation of the Declaration