On September 14, 2018 The First International Legal Forum “One Road: Investments and Law in Russia and Asia” was held in Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel & Business Center. The event was organized by Russian Asian Legal Association. Partners included Federation Council of the Russian Federation, State Duma of the Russian Federation, Indian National Bar Association, Global Chinese-Speaking Lawyers’ Association, All China Lawyers’ Association, Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia), Grandall Law Firm (PRC) and Russian House International Lawyers law firm.

An event of such scale was the first of its kind. Attendees included senior Russian officials and lawyers, major Russian business leaders, international lawyers representing Chinese, Indian, Swiss, Cypriot, Maltese and other countries’ lawyers’ elite.
The problems of export and certification of Russian goods in Asian and Middle Eastern countries, lobbying of Russian exports of goods and services, anti-dumping and customs barriers against Asian manufacturers’ goods imports in Russia, fight against corruption in customs apparatus and state import regulation bodies, sanctions and responses to them were discussed at the Forum.

Moreover, a great attention was paid to the case proceeding in international arbitration and questions concerning use of Asian arbitration centers in the interests of Russian exporters. Major Russian, Asian and Middle Eastern investment and infrastructure projects (gas and oil refining industry, construction of industrial facilities and roads, shipbuilding) were presented as the examples of a successful cooperation between Russian and Asian contractors.
The Chairwoman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvieynko was the special guest at the Forum. Speakers included the President of the Global Chinese-Speaking Lawyers’ Association in Hong Kong Ambrose Lam, the President of Russian Asian Legal Association Maxim Tafintsev, the Deputy of the State Duma Vladimir Pozdnyakov, the President of Russian Business Association (China), the General Representative of «Magnitogorskiy Metallurgicheskiy Kombinat» JSCo (Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works) in China Sergey Kolesnichenko, the Partner of the Grandall

Law Firm (China) Wang Xiaoping, an attorney, the Director of the Department of Expert Work and Analytics of Rosneft Oil Company Nikolay Morozov, the Managing Partner of George Z. Georgiou&Associates (Cyprus) George Georgiou, the Manager of VTB Bank branch in Shanghai Pavel Ananyenko, the attorney of the Supreme Court of India Asish Deep Verma, an attorney, the founder of the Capital Market Forum Switzerland Alexander Lindemann, the President of the Chetcuti Cauchi law firm (Malta) Professor Jean-Philippe Chetcuti, the Deputy of the Union State Parliamentary Assembly, the President of the Republican Bar Association of Belarus Viktor Tchaitchits, the Director General of KORTIS Trade and Investment System (South Korea) Boris Sladkov, the Deputy Head of Legal Services at Asian International Arbitration Centre Ilia Putilin (Malaysia), an attorney, the owner of Gololobov and Co. (United Kingdom) Professor D. V. Gololobov, the Head of PRC Bank Cooperation Sector of the Financial Institutions Department of Sberbank CIB Maxim Osintsev, the Vice President on International Affairs of The National Union of Grain Producers (Russia) Mikhail Davydov (Москва), the judge of the Court of the Eurasian Economic Union Denis Kolos (Republic of Belarus) and other recognized law experts.

In his welcome speech Vladimir Pozdnyakov noted the uniqueness and importance of the Forum for the exchange of experience between Russian and Asian attorneys and lawyers, establishment of economic connections, search of the new areas for cooperation and development of mutual projects by business and law leaders of Russia and the countries of the East. Vladimir G. Pozdnyakov moderated the First Section of the Forum, dedicated to the problems of banking law and foreign investments within the framework of searching the mutual economic future.

The main highlight of the Foum was the presentation of a unique award – Honorary L. M. Gudoshnikov Medal, established especially for the Forum in the memory of Professor, Doctor of Law, Honored Worker of Science of the Russian Federation Leonid M. Gudoshnikov.
Leonid M. Gudoshnikov has established the new scientific direction in studying legal and political aspects of the modernization in China and was an internationally recognized sinologist. He has authored more than 250 scientific papers, including more than 30 monographs and higher education textbooks (in co-authorship). The majority of his academic works focuses on the issues of state and law in China and other Asian countries (DPRK, Mongolia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka) and political and law problems of PRC special regions (Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan). Scientific works of L. M. Gudoshnikov were translated to several foreign languages and published abroad (USA, China, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Mongolia, Hungary, Romania etc.) He worked hard to train young academic professionals. Leonid M. Gudoshnikov supervised 20 PhDs and Doctors of Law getting their scientific degrees.
For his long-term scientific, pedagogical and organizational work L. M. Gudoshnikov was decorated by high state awards and diplomas by the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1986 he was awarded the Badge of Honor Order and in 1997 he became the Honored Worker of Science of the Russian Federation.
L. M. Gudoshnikov Medal is awarded for the distinct merits in developing the law science. Among those who were decorated with the commemorative Medal were the Deputy of the State Duma Vladimir G. Pozdnyakov and the Chairman of the Repulican Bar Association of Belarus Viktor I. Tchaitchits.

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