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Russian Federation

On 25 June 2020, the IRZ took part in an international scientific and practical online conference on “Digitalisation of the Law and legal Transformation in the digital Age”. The conference was aimed at around sixty legal experts, mainly from the Russian Federation, as well as a few representatives from Belarus and Kazakhstan. The conference, with its extensive programme of lectures, was hosted by the Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation and opened by the Deputy Minister of Justice for the Russian Federation, Maksim Beskhmelnizyn. The agenda for the plenary session and two round table meetings included the following topics and lectures:

  • Current issues concerning the digitalisation of Russian law
  • Developing the constitutional foundations for information law and the legal framework for information security: the vectors of scientific research
  • The main orientations of the digital transformation of the Ministry of Justice for the Russian Federation
  • The development of a digital statute book for the Russian Federation, based on the Ministry of Justice’s system for legal information

Acting as an IRZ expert, judge Christian Schmitz-Justen, Vice-President of the Higher Regional Court of Cologne, spoke about “Modern Workplaces in the Justice System”. He outlined electronic law in Germany, electronic support for legal work and the introduction of digital speech recognition in the German justice system. He also took part in the round table discussions on “Legal Transformation in the digital Reality”. His insights into German digitalisation strategies were met with a great deal of interest from the participants in the conference.

During the course of the discussions on the topics covered by the conference, the participants also made many science-based proposals for optimising the law in the age of the information society. They talked about how the digitalisation of the law could be developed further and how a uniform justice system could be achieved in Russia and the CIS states. They argued in favour of establishing an electronic set of laws. They also pointed out that guidelines for digitalisation were also needed in the areas of the economy, the administration of state and local authorities and in research and education.

The conference was met with such great interest by all those involved that IRZ would also like to take part in subsequent similar events with German experts.