From 15 to 18 May, IACA’s Dean, Martin Kreutner, took part in the third St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, “Competition and Cooperation between Legal Systems: the Role of Law in Ensuring the Development of Society, the State, and the Economy”.
The event brought together government representatives, ministers of justice, judges, the business community, and officials from international organizations, from more than 50 countries. The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dimitry Medvedev, also attended the event. Mr. Kreutner participated in a panel discussion on international anti-corruption mechanisms, their overlapping and complexity, where he also had the opportunity to introduce IACA. He spoke of the organization’s role as a training institution and a technical assistance provider in translating the requirements of and providing technical assistance with the implementation of international legal instruments. Other panel discussants included Maxim Travnikov, Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation; Sergey Dubik, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation; Dimitri Vlassis, Chief of UNODC’s Corruption and Economic Crime Branch; Manuel Lezertua, Director of the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Legal Advice and Public International Law; Mark L. Wolf, Senior United States District Judge; Irina Kotelevskaya, Director of the Law Monitoring Centre of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; and Marina Duminna, Vice President of VympelCom.
The St. Petersburg International Legal Forum was established in 2011 by the Ministry of Justice and is supported by the President of the Russian Federation. It is the largest legal event in the Russian Federation, Eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States region. The Forum’s mission is to become a “permanent platform for the highest level of discussion for politicians, lawyers, businessmen, and scholars”.