Russia and WTO: International Conference

International Chamber of Commerce and law firm Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners are holding an international conference “Russia on the Threshold of the World Trade Organization: New Instruments to Protect Business" which will take place in Moscow on 24 October, 2012. Key conference topics include Changes to Russian Law, New Opportunities for Export / Import, Dispute Resolution and etc.

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International Conference


October 24, 2012


 October 24, Wednesday

09:00 – 09:30

Registration. Welcome coffee.

09:30 – 11:00

Session I

WTO and changes to Russian Law: Who, What, When and How?


1.  The Russian Government

2.  The Presidential Administration of Russia

3.  Nikolai Pankov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Agriculture

4.  Igor Rudensky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Development

5.  Ministry of Economic Development

6.  Vitaly Malkin, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs


Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:30

Session II

New Opportunities for Export / Import of Goods to WTO Markets and Protection of Local Market


1.  Review of the impact of WTO accession on various sectors of the economy. Natalya Volchkova, Director of the Applied Research Centre for Economic and Financial Research at the Russian New Economic School.

2.  Exporters: who will be first to see benefits from the WTO accession? David Tarr, World Bank, Consultant

3.  Importers: are Russian producers competitive compared to foreign players? Ukraine and China: Experience of the nearest neighbours (Alexander Shepotilo, Kyiv Economics Institute (KEI) at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE)

13:30 - 14:30

Break for lunch

14:30 - 16:00

Session III

New Opportunities for the Export / Import of Goods to WTO Markets and Protection of Local Market (Continued)


1.  What will happen to agriculture?  Speaker - Vyacheslav Telegin, President of the Association of Peasant (Farmers) and Agricultural Cooperatives of Russia)

2.  Overview of Russia's WTO commitments on services: which service sectors will be most vulnerable?

3.  WTO and Insurance. Speaker - Alexander Muranov, Managing Partner of law firm Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners)

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee Break

16:30 - 18:00

Session IV

The Dispute Resolution Mechanism of the WTO: Opportunities and Risks.


1.  Methods and instruments for dispute settlement, problems with enforcement of decisions

2.  Lobbying and protection of companies’ interests within the WTO dispute settlement mechanism

3.  What are the prospects of Russia's participation in the resolution of disputes within WTO?

4.  Settlement of disputes relating to anti-dumping and countervailing duties and subsidies: review procedures, evaluation of evidence, methods of protection



Fernando Piérola, Advisory Centre on WTO Law

Dmitry Chernyy, lawyer, partner at Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners

Irina Polovets, attorney, law firm "Volkov and Partners", Kiev

David Collins, Senior Lecturer, City Law School, City University London

Maria J. Pereyra, lawyer legal department of WTO

Sergei Usoskin, lawyer at Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and Partners

Edward Borovikov, Managing Partner at Salans, Brussels