- Published: June 12, 2019
As in previous years, the IRZ was also represented at the IX Legal Forum in St. Petersburg, which took place from 14 to 18 May 2019. Taking part in the event were some 5,000 representatives from 95 countries, including Germany, France, United Kingdom, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Spain and Portugal.
The following international organisations were involved in the IX Legal Forum:
- United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL),
- International Court of Justice,
- World Trade Organisation (WTO),
- European Council and
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Once again this year, the Legal Forum dealt with the question of how the globalisation of the economy and the modernisation of the law can be reconciled with one another. This is predominantly about finding standardised legal solutions for the problems arising as a result of globalisation. Within this range of topics, the main focus of the event was on the development of modern law studies and legal training in the Russian Federation, as well as in other countries. Another important topic was the modernisation of Russian law and its alignment with global standards of legal protection, with the objective of including the best application of the law from foreign legislation and thereby protecting the interests of all parties in a legal relationship, e.g. companies, foreign investors and originators.
More than seventy individual events covered these and other current legal issues.
Representing the IRZ were Karin Friehe, a Presiding Judge at the German Federal Patent Court, and Matthias Schmid, Head of Section at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, who participated in a round table discussion on “Right on information distribution: public vs. private”. At this event, the problems of integrating digital technologies in various spheres of human life were discussed from a legal point of view, in particular the way software companies and social network providers deal with user data. The discussions covered the terms and conditions for using user data for software products, who owns this information and whether this user data is subject to intellectual property. How users can protect their personal data on the Internet was also discussed. During the round table, representatives from Russian and foreign courts, Russian Ministers and Information Technology companies exchanged their points of view and tried to formulate a common position on this key issue.