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The conference held at the MSAL International Law Department on 8 April, 2016.

Within the framework of the III Moscow Legal Forum the International Law Department of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) organized a conference on the future of international law. This event brought together leading international lawyers from various Russian universities and state bodies. The Head of the MSAL International Law Department Professor Kamil A. Bekyashev gave an opening speech to greet the scholarly audience. He announced the plans to prepare an academic course in international law in 8 volumes, with the MSAL International Law Department acting as the secretariat coordinating the implementation of this project.

Professor Asian H. Abashidze, Head of the International Law Department of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia underlined in his presentation that international law under the conditions of globalization, which became an objective reality, does not need so much further modification but the implementation of international legal obligations by the states.

Professor Adel I. Abdullin, Head of the International and European Law Department of the Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University devoted his speech to the law of international organizations, problems and prospects of their development. He expressed his regrets pointing to the absence of fundamental studies of this subject in the modern legal doctrine in Russia and the hope that a new textbook that would be presented by the International and European Law Department of the Kazan State University would fill the gap.

Head of the International Law Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University scrutinizied the reasons and the limits of norm-making in the activities of international courts. Sometimes they render decisions that are quite unexpected by states. What can be done to counter this tendency? States should resort to mutual interpretation of treaty provisions, which will make them binding. For instance, Russia asked the World Trade Organization for an advisory opinion in respect of Art. 21 of the GATT. It is quite good; however, it would have been better to act on behalf of the five states--members of the Eurasian Economic Union. Besides, higher national courts such as supreme and constitutional courts are entitled to question the legality of undesirable norm-making of international courts. This marks "a triumphal comeback of sovereignty", in A.Ispolinov's words.

Darya S.Boklan, Associate Professor of the Russian Foreign Trade Academy, traced in her presentation the interplay between the law of the World Trade Organization and the law of the Eurasian Economic Union. The former, as well as the latter, regulate international economic relations. Darya S.Boklan tends to view the law of the World Trade Organization as lex generali and the law of the Eurasian Economic Union as lex specialis.

Vladimir A.Kartashkin, Leading Specialist of the Institute of the State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences, emphasized the ever-changing content of Art.2 part 7 of the United Nations Charter. The competence of the nine controlling bodies envisaged by universal treaties in the realm of human rights is expanding. Nowadays the international community feels the need for a single document--the Human Rights Charter.

The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation Eduard L.Kuzmin devoted his speech to the future of the right of peoples to self-determination. Possible ways of reaching this goal include peaceful efforts (for instance, the 1995 Quebec Referendum) and fighting (the Erithrean fight for the independence lasted for over 30 years and resulted in its recognition by Ethiopia in 1993). A new international legal document on the right of peoples to self-determination is needed at least as a declaratory one to begin with.

The Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation Evgeniy R.Voronin viewed the future of international law as a rule of law civilization in his speech and singled out some of its specific characteristics.

Professor of the International Law Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University Pyotr P.Kremnyov analyzed the terms "International Humanitarian Law" and " The Law of Armed Conflicts" in the Russian and foreign doctrines. He stressed the absence of any crisis in international law in general, but stated there was a crisis in the attitude of some specific states towards international law.

Professor of the MSAL Chair of International Law Lyudmila P.Anufrieva as well as Professor of the International Law Department of the Russian University of Peoples' Friendship Olga M.Meshcheryakova devoted their respective speeches to the influence that globalization and democratization exert on international law. Insur Z.Farhutdinov, Leading Specialist of the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences, enumerated in his presentation new challenges and threats to the international security in the 21st century. Grigory S.Starodubtsev, Head of the International Law Department of the Russian Law Academy of the Ministry of Justice, described the contribution that White emigres, who had founded a number of academic journals in major European cities after the Bolshevik Revolution, made to the development of the science of international law after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Alexander M.Solntsev, Associate Professor of the International Law Department of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, outlined the key efforts undertaken by the international community in the climate law and policy in the epoch of Anthropocene. Svetlana V.Glotova, Associate Professor of the International Law Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, characterized the relatively new legislative powers of the United Nations Security Council as something that is quite acceptable according to Art. 31-32 of the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. Vera N.Rusinova, Associate Professor of the International Law Department of the Higher School of Economics, stipulated laconically, "The future is cyber" and went on to the analysis of how norms of international humanitarian law could be applied in respect of cyber-operations. Maria V.Keshner, Associate Professor of the International Law Department of the Kazan Federal University, in her presentation concentrated on the fifteen regimes of sanctions employed at present in the United Nations and singled out the main problems in the fields of human rights and material damage that sanctions cause. Natalya A.Chernyadieva, Associate Professor of the International Law Department of the Perm State National Research University, made a brief overview of the draft provisions of the all-embracing Convention on fighting the terrorism. Rustem S.Davletgildeev, Associate Professor of the International Law Department of the Kazan Federal University, spoke about the regional legal regulation of labor and considered the European Union efforts as a convincing example. A number of young scholars also had a chance to present their opinions, among them there were Sergey A.Buryanov, Ekaterina V.Mashkova, Igor A.Shulyatiev, Alexanra E.Koneva, Artur S.Gulasarian.

Larissa I. Zakharova (a, 1)

(a) Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Russia lizakharova@msal.ru

DOI:10.17803/2313-5395.2016.2.6.366-370

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PhD (Law), A/Professor, Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), (since 2005)

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Title Annotation:THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
Author:Zakharova, Larissa I.
Publication:Kutafin University Law Review
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Date:Oct 1, 2016
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