One of the most important tools for economic development is the law, consisting of a set of legal means and methods used by business and government. It is the legal environment that forms the basis for systemic changes in the economy of Russian Far East, for increasing the competitiveness of this region in the Asia-Pacific in the years to come. The legal landscape in Russian Far East is consistently changing, with new legal concepts emerging, such as special economic zones. Key changes are now also under way in industry-related legislation (fisheries, forestry, etc.). But this is not enough for a new legal reality to emerge. Effective dispute resolution instruments must be used in building relations with our partners from the APR nations, ones to which they are accustomed. A serious need exists for law enforcement practice to be modified and some legal provisions revised as regards foreign trade. The Forums legal section will focus on these and other matters.