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Digest 43

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Theme of the Plenary session is declared. Announcement of the conference “Sacred Space of the Museum. The Area of Culture”


“Trust in Law — Mechanism for Global Crisis Resolution” is the theme of the Forum Plenary session.

The Forum will bring together experts on the conference “Sacred Space of the Museum. The Area of Culture”.

Increasing complexity and acceleration of social, economic and legal relations in the 21st century have not only escalated existing threats of violation of museums’ space, but also brought new challenges before museums and culture in general.

Throughout the entire human history, museums have always been truly special places carrying out two main functions correlating to the duality of cultural values themselves: on the one hand, museums foster development and promotion of culture and provide people with access to it; on the other hand, they protect objects of cultural value. This duality is also expressed in the legal status of museums: they simultaneously act as public and private entities.

Museums today have to defend themselves against intruders from all directions. Primary threats remain the same: pillage and destruction of cultural valuables during armed conflicts, deliberate destruction of objects of cultural value and vandalism.

Apart from security issues, global community also faces a problem of cultural diversity and its acceptance in contemporary society. Undoubtedly, museums and cultural values are the “goodwill ambassadors” for promoting peace and cultural diversity in the modern world.

Another threat to museums concerns legal and economic issues, such as illegal publication (also in the Internet) of artworks from museums’ collections, interaction of authors’ unions and contemporary art museums, and concept of museums’ intellectual property.

Museums are among the main agents of international exchange of cultural valuables, and intellectual property is the basis of their financial independence; therefore, lack of proper protection of museums’ intellectual property rights and their legal status directly influences their independence.

During the conference, participants will have to answer a difficult question: how to preserve the sacral space of museums and the territory of culture in the 21st century.

Mikhail Shvidkoy, Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for International Cultural Cooperation, will act as a moderator of the conference. The discussion will be attended by Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of The State Hermitage Museum, Maria Alexandrova, Associate professor, Department of Civil Law, St.Petersburg State University, Clementine Bories, Professor of Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense, Tatiana Chernigovskaya, Chair of the Division of Convergent Studies in Natural Sciences and Humanities, Head of Laboratory for Cognitive Studies, St.Petersburg State University, Theodore Feder, President of Artists Rights Society, Lyudmila Novoselova, Chairman of the Intellectual Property Rights Court, Natalya Shatikhina, Managing Partner, CLC Law Firm.


«Arbitration Reform. Next Steps?», February 19, 2016


The Guest Conference of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum «Arbitration Reform. Next Steps?» in Kaliningrad was held under the chairmanship of Alexander Konovalov, Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation.

The Guest Conference of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum «Arbitration Reform. Next Steps?» in Kaliningrad is the first major international event after the adoption of arbitration reform laws where developers of the adopted laws, practitioners and leading arbitration experts were involved in professional comprehensive discussion of the forthcoming reform of arbitration proceedings, further steps of its implementation, exchange of opinions on the prospects of further development of arbitration in Russia and abroad.

The conference was attended by more than 100 members of business community, academia and arbitration experts from Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Great Britain and Romania.

The event included a plenary session and two roundtable discussions: New Rules of Establishment and Functioning of Arbitration Tribunals and Procedural Novelties in Arbitration. The participants shared their views on the future of arbitration proceedings in Russia and abroad, having had a comprehensive and professional discussion of the prospects of the arbitration reform and its future implementation.


Taliya Khabrieva, Director, Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation


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