A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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The 10th St. Petersburg International Legal Forum

29 June-1 July 2022
St. Petersburg, Russia
List of sessions
Некоммерческие организации: тенденции развития правового статуса и регулирование деятельности
29 June 2022 10:00
Non-Profit Organizations: Trends in the Development of Legal Status and Regulation of Activities
Today, non-profit organizations make up a fast-growing sector, and play an important social and economic role in nation-building. And this is why the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation (the main body overseeing control and legal regulation of non-profits) is working constantly to improve legislation in this field, including through regularly analysing law-enforcement practice. This session will examine the most important issues related to the activities of non-profit organizations. These will include the following:• New developments in civil law (the institution of personal funds, holding meetings of non-profit bodies using information technology, and the use of the word “Russia” and related terms in the names of religious organizations).• The development of a new concept for improving corporate governance of non-profits, and the potential to implement it; the institution of mandatory pre-trial complaints to the central office of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation in relation to decisions made by the ministry’s regional branches when providing state services.• Interaction between the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia on matters concerning antimonopoly law violations involving non-profits.• The potential for the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation to work with the academic community on matters concerning the activities of non-profit organizations.
Концепция обеспечения защиты прав и свобод человека и гражданина в цифровом пространстве
29 June 2022 10:00
A Concept for Securing the Rights and Freedoms of People in the Digital Realm
A draft concept for securing the rights and freedoms of people in Russia’s digital realm has been drawn up by the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights under the President of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Government of the Russian Federation. The document was drafted in pursuance of the fourth item under clause 3 of the list of presidential directives No. Pr-133 dated 28 January 2021. It offers a response to challenges and threats to the rights and freedoms of the individual in relation to the complete digitalization of social relations. Today, the digital environment is highly complex, making it difficult to predict how it will develop. In spite of this, the digital realm in Russia has evolved at great speed. These factors have raised some concern among the human rights community. Indeed, digitalization processes are moving so rapidly that it can be hard for society, the public, businesses, and government bodies to keep up, leading to the creation of a rift. This gives rise to increased opportunities for fraud, corruption, and other crimes in the digital realm. It also enables transnational corporations that control global digital platforms to promote their own economic and political interests. The need to counter cyberthreats in the interests of national security is outlined in both the Russian constitution, and Russia’s strategic planning documents; however, these threats are not specified. What’s more, the aforementioned documents do not set out principles, goals, objectives, and mechanisms for ensuring the protection of human and civil rights and freedoms in Russia’s digital realm. The proposed draft concept addresses these problems and can serve as a foundation for the further implementation of Russia’s legal policy with regard to digitalization.
Борьба с информационной преступностью: международно-правовые инструменты
29 June 2022 10:00
The Fight against Information Crime: International Legal Tools
The booming electronic device market has changed the way we spend our leisure time and do business. Today, issues surrounding the protection of personal and confidential data are more important than ever before. And while IT and security systems continue to be developed, the number of cybercrimes is growing in tandem. How is cooperation between nations in efforts to counter cybercrime legally regulated around the world? What role do international organizations play in efforts to counter cybercrime? How can universal terminology in information and communications technology (and ICT security) help the international community prevent cybercrime? What are the main tools which can be employed to improve efforts to counter cybercrime?
Кадры – наше все: подготовка и развитие специалистов в сфере правового регулирования цифровой экономики и кибербезопасности
29 June 2022 10:00
Our People are our Everything: Training and Development of Digital Economy and Cybersecurity Regulation Specialists
It is the task of the government to acknowledge and protect people’s digital rights from possible infringements, while upholding identity security, public safety, and state security as set out in legislation and the constitution. Most people deal with aspects to do with digital law in their day-to-day lives. However, when they enter a legal arrangement, they usually do so unconsciously, despite the fact that such arrangements concern a great many actions online, as well as the provision of digital services. Cybercrime, privacy infringements, and other issues are all on the rise as a result of many services and opportunities moving to the digital realm. It is therefore of great importance that efforts are made to educate people and raise awareness of digital law and digital transformation. In addition, lawyers need to be trained in issues surrounding IT.Main topics for discussion:• Tools to help educate people and raise awareness of digital rights and digital transformation. Tools to help train lawyers in IT-related issues.• Building a pool of partner organizations to provide informational and organizational support in efforts to raise awareness of digital law in Russia.• Organizing events where specialists and professionals can hold discussions in an attempt to identify new experts on the topic and to raise awareness of digital law.• Training digital law specialists at universities and subsidizing study programmes.• Raising awareness of institutions acting to protect digital rights (such as the Arbitration Court for Protecting Digital Rights operating under the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs).• Training lawyers specializing in the digital realm and acting as a line of defence against cybercrime.
Ответственность топ-менеджеров в новой реальности
29 June 2022 10:00
The Responsibility of Senior Executives in the New Reality
In an environment where sanctions and countermeasures are affecting the majority of Russian businesses, the responsibility attached to senior management has become an even more pressing issue to corporate lawyers. A wide range of issues needs to be addressed, including those related to sanctions compliance, the responsibility of company management to keep their business going in the new environment, and interaction with government bodies during inspections on how business support packages have been used. The responsibility attached to senior executives with regard to anti-sanction legislation: are there new roles, objectives, targets, etc.? The responsibility attached to senior executives with regard to keeping business going. How should work be structured in the new environment? What should be done to reconcile the clear economic steps taken by companies internally with the need to consider the challenges facing the country (such as maintaining production, avoiding job losses, etc.)? How should internal restructuring be linked to receiving support? What should be done to avoid risks during inspections by oversight and accounting bodies on the use of business incentives, subsidized loans, etc.?
Финансовый рынок России: что за горизонтом санкций? (диалог между регулятором и регулируемым)
29 June 2022 12:15
The Russian Financial Market: What Lies Beyond the Horizon of Sanctions? (dialogue between the regulator and regulated)
The Russian financial market is currently attempting to adapt to the new reality. Familiar ways of interacting with global institutions have either already disappeared, or are doing do before our eyes. Demand for services inside Russia are also changing. The transformation of the financial market is already a tangible phenomenon, both in part, and as a whole. What can be done to ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible, with minimal impact on the financial market, consumers of services, and society? When might this period of adaptation come to an end? What kind of market will emerge as a result, both in terms of quality, and framework? What legal mechanisms might be required to support the transition and to build this new framework?
Современный мир и право человека на будущее
29 June 2022 12:15
The World Today and Human Rights in the Future
The pandemic of 2020–2022 and the Ukraine crisis of 2022 have highlighted the clear shortfalls of a unipolar world when it comes to ensuring global peace and sustainable development for all. It is evident that in the new geopolitical and legal reality, a unilateral reading of the rights and freedoms of the individual (both in terms of specifics and how they are generally characterized) cannot work. Indeed, attempts by the collective West to impose its interpretations on the entire world lead to socioeconomic crises with global implications. Current international institutions (such as the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council, the G7, etc.) do not full reflect the diversity of cultural and spiritual values around the world. What’s more, they bear little relation to population distribution and the spread of economic resources. It has therefore become pertinent to consider a new model of individual rights and freedoms based on a plurality of approaches to subject matter and interpretation. Such an approach should still take into account the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, it should also encompass regional documents, such as the 1981 African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the 1990 Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, and the 2012 ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. This roundtable will focus on the main aspects of this new model.
Участие нотариуса в корпоративном управлении: нужна ли бизнесу нотариальная опека?
29 June 2022 12:15
Notary Participation in Corporate Governance: Do Businesses Need Notarial Protection?
As international experience has shown, notaries can play a vital role in protecting businesses when it comes to corporate relations. The mandatory notarization of decisions taken at limited liability company shareholder meetings which resulted in the redistribution of shares in their authorized capital has led to a number of positive outcomes. It has reduced the number of raids, eliminated fraudulent schemes, and made Russian companies more attractive to investors. Indeed, these and other benefits have led to the role of notaries expanding in corporate life. Today, they help formalize the departure of shareholders, formalize individual corporate decisions, certify convertible loan agreements, and more. Initiatives have been put forward to continue this trend with regard to corporate legal relations. These encompass the certification of decisions taken at meetings held remotely, and the introduction of a mandatory notarial form for decisions relating to changes to sole executive bodies. However, the introduction of binding rules regarding the mandatory notarial certification of certain procedures can in some cases make the process of corporate governance less flexible. What’s more, it generally contradicts the discretionary nature of how civil legal relations are regulated. What factors should legislators take into account when deciding whether to introduce mandatory notarial certification of corporate decisions?
Правовые гарантии свободы предпринимательской деятельности
29 June 2022 12:15
Legal Guarantees Ensuring Entrepreneurial Freedom
In light of the sanctions imposed on Russia, a range of steps needs to be taken to overcome current economic problems and to protect overall economic stability. The private and legal sectors in Russia have been allocated a special role in this regard. The country could respond to the economic storm by giving entrepreneurial initiatives as much freedom and support as possible, reducing red tape, and so on. How can the legal field positively impact entrepreneurial freedom in Russia and boost cooperation with other countries? What forms of legal protection have shown themselves to be most effective today? What steps related to the field of law need to be taken to strengthen the position of Russian business?
Налоговый мониторинг: итоги 7 лет и взгляд в будущее
29 June 2022 12:15
Tax Monitoring: Outcomes Seven Years on, and the Future Outlook
• Tax monitoring outcomes: the results after 7 years.• Preparations for a tax monitoring transit: stages, tasks, costs.• Key specifics for organizing the internal administration system during the transit to tax monitoring.• New era in the digital interaction of tax authorities and taxpayers.• Tax monitoring digitalization strategy and its development prospects for the coming years. • New approach to tax administration automation.• Tax monitoring as an impetus to improve technological maturity of business processes and accounting systems in a company.• The role tax monitoring plays in a digital transformation of state management.
Эстетика Legal Design: актуальные достижения
29 June 2022 12:15
The Aesthetics of Legal Design: Current Achievements
Growth has been put under threat. Under the current sanctions, competition on the domestic market has intensified across a number of sectors, and the legal environment has become increasingly complicated. What can be done to make legalese understandable to the client, and promote the sale of a legal product? More than 90% of lawyers believe that good legal design can help increase earnings. What impact can legal design have on client loyalty, the speed of decision-making processes, and operational efficiency? What new opportunities are emerging for the B2C and G2B/C sectors during the current turbulence in the market? How does aesthetic design affect consumption, and can it serve as an additional factor for sales? What visual representations of complex information do businesses and users require? Who can act as a communicator between the state and users? What specific features characterize legal communication for Russian businesses in new markets? Do the content and style of a document have an effect on the decision a client ends up taking? How is legal design being implemented in Russia today?
Актуальные вопросы финансирования судебных и арбитражных разбирательств третьими лицами
29 June 2022 14:30
Relevant Issues Pertaining to Third-Party Funding in Court and Arbitration Proceedings
Litigation and arbitration third-party funding is becoming increasingly popular internationally: it allows parties who do not have the financial capacity to pay litigation and arbitration costs to exercise their right to judicial protection through recourse to a third party. Despite the obvious advantages, the provision of funding can be complicated by certain problems related to the complexity of obtaining and returning funds, the risks of conflicts of interest, acceptable forms of granting funds, etc. During the round table, experts will discuss the development and usage of third-party funding from different points of view: from the perspective of an arbitrator, a representative of a party, a public authority, as well as an arbitral institution. Such approach will diversify the discussion and allow the participants to form their own opinion on the future development of this institution. The speakers will also discuss the prospects of using third-party funding in the current economic situation, as well as possible problems and their solutions in the context of arbitration in Russia and abroad.
Субъект или алгоритм: правовое регулирование систем ИИ
29 June 2022 14:30
A Subject, or an Algorithm? Legal Regulation of AI Systems
More and more, artificial intelligence is being used across an entire range of fields, including services, management, transport, and communications. Despite the fact that specialists do not consider these systems as particularly sophisticated versions of AI, they can still have a significant impact on individuals and groups. This in turn carries implications in relation to rights and responsibilities. As a result, there are numerous questions regarding how AI systems work, and how they should be regulated. Should AI be considered a legal subject? Who should assume responsibility for the actions of an AI system? Who owns the results of intellectual activity performed by AI? What can be done to ensure that AI is effectively regulated without hindering the development of new technology and the introduction of relevant technological solutions in areas of public life?
Право и правопорядок: ценности и принципы в условиях глобальных вызовов современности
29 June 2022 14:30
Law and Order: Values and Principles Amidst the Global Challenges of Our Time
As the legal field continues to evolve, so legal values are changing over time. It is crucial to underscore the importance of law as a universal social regulator, and all the more so at this difficult time. Law and society are undergoing a transformation brought about by a multitude of factors and events. We are, to an extent, witnessing the disintegration of the international legal framework. This session will focus on identifying the legal guidelines and legal education fundamentals required to uphold stable legal systems and increase cooperation between countries on legal matters. What awaits the field of law and order in the immediate future? How can law act as a shield against global upheavals? What legal principles and values will society place at the fore in the future?
Антимонопольное регулирование и поддержка экономики в современных условиях
29 June 2022 14:30
Anti-Monopoly Legislation and Economic Support Under the Current Conditions
Under the current circumstances all branches of federal government need to react swiftly in order to mitigate the pressure from the economic sanctions and increase internal economic stability. Anti-monopoly agencies play an active role in supporting the economy in various ways, including by means of anti-monopoly regulation. For instance, in 2022 the Russian Federation introduced a number of legal initiatives, that permit parallel import. In particular, the Government of the Russian Federation was given the authority to establish a list of goods (groups of goods) in relation to which certain provisions of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation on protection of exclusive rights to the results of intellectual activity expressed in such goods and means of individualization, by which such goods are marked, cannot be applied, which gives prerequisites for development of parallel imports in Russia. In addition, as list of priority measures for the development of the Russian economy includes a proposal to introduce restrictions in terms of orientation to foreign currencies and foreign exchange indicators of the participants of the Russian commodity markets in determining the value of goods. Foreign jurisdictions, including the PRC and the EU, are also taking various measures to improve the effectiveness of antitrust enforcement under the current circumstances. During the session participants are invited to consider issues related to the development of competition, improvement of antimonopoly legislation and methods of antimonopoly regulation in the Russian Federation and abroad in the current economic environment.