Centre for Law, Economics and Society


Dr Lianos speaks at St Petersburg International Legal Forum

17 July 2012

Dr Ioannis Lianos, Director of the CLES and Co- Director of the Institute of Global Law, and Mr Martin Adams, a UCL alumnus and associate at international law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, were invited to speak at the 2nd St Petersburg International Legal Forum. The forum was held under the auspices of the Russian Presidency at the State Hermitage in St Petersburg on May 16-19 2012. 

The forum was opened by Russian Prime Minister D. Medvedev and included as main speakers, among others, the Lord Chancellor, Kenneth Clarke, US Attorney General, Eric Holder, and the Minister of Justice of the People's Republic of China, Wu Aiying. 

Dr Lianos contributed to the plenary session of the forum on the "Implementation of the Open Government Initiatives in the Legal System" discussing the European OpenGov experience. Other panellists in this session included the Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation and the Assistant Attorney General of the US Department of Justice. Mr Adams and Dr Lianos also contributed as speakers to the session on "Social Networks and Mobile Applications: Challenges and Opportunities for Legal Regulation", a forward looking discussion of the important challenges faced by a number of jurisdictions worldwide in the regulation of social media platforms (with regard to privacy, antitrust and network neutrality issues) but also of the important transformation of social relations that the emergence of these new technologies entails.