The International Committee of the Bar Council was delighted to welcome the Russian Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Yuri Liubimov to Gray’s Inn to give a keynote speech on, “The Rule of Law in Russia - The Implications for Foreign Investors”.
Mr Liubimov gave a frank insight into the way in which the Ministry of Justice is working to establish and strengthen the rule of law. He is thinking of introducing regulation of the majority of unregulated players in the legal sector, raising public awareness of the right and means to access to justice, and creating more transparency in the courts. Such measures aim to both support Russia’s emerging democracy and give confidence to foreign investors seeking to invest in Russia. The seminar featured a distinguished panel of commentators, comprising Dr Alena Ledeneva (reader in Russian Politics and Society, at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL), Khristofor Ivanyan= (Ivanyan & Partners, Moscow), Fraser Cameron (Director of the EURussia Centre) and Rupert D’Cruz (Secretary of the British-Russian Law Association and Bar Council International Committee representative for Russia). A drinks reception enabled the lively discussions to continue. This event follows a successful seminar held in Moscow in July this year by the Bar Council for Russian lawyers at the British Embassy, which focussed on British/Russian dispute resolution issues of interest to commercial practitioners. These events demonstrate the Bar Council’s commitment to strengthening its relationship with the legal profession in Russia in respect of both commercial links and issues of good governance and professional standards.