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Saint-Petersburg Declaration signed by BRICS legal communities

The legal communities of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa signed the final declaration of the 7th BRICS Legal Forum. The event took place on 18-19 November 2020 and was hosted by the Association of Lawyers of Russia (ALRF).

The Forum was held online and brought together around 500 participants from the five Member States to exchange views and best practices in the sphere of legal education, legal framework of digitalization of society, international commercial dispute resolution, and protection of athletes’ rights. The event programme included the extended plenary session “Law and legal order: values and principles in the context of global challenges of modernity” and four thematic panel sessions with more than 50 delegates spoke.

The Saint-Petersburg Declaration enshined such principles as strengthening cooperation based on the mutual respect of legitimate interests, equality, respect of sovereignty and multilateralism within BRICS. The participants of the Forum agreed to deepen the legal cooperation and promote the exchange of knowledge and best practices in the sphere of law, in particular improving the competitiveness of the national jurisdictions of the BRICS Member States, legal regulation of sports, dispute resolution and others.

The 8th BRICS Legal Forum is planned to take place in 2021 in India. The dates thereof are to be further agreed on.