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  • The Vedomosti newspaper publishes an article co-authored by Marat Davletbaev concerning clashing positions of the ECtHR and the Constitutional Court of Russia

    The Vedomosti newspaper has published an article co-authored by TLA partner Marat Davletbaev. The article addresses clashing positions of the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of Russia in the widely reported Markin vs. Russia case. The article is available here (in Russian).

  • Maria Issaeva spoke at the III International Legal Forum

    On 17 May 2013, Maria Issaeva, managing partner at Threefold Legal Advisors, participated in the panel "Legal Education: School or Technology?" at the III International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg. Maria spoke about the role of technologies in the growth of the Jessup Competition worldwide and in Russia and possible solutions of the problems of Russian legal education using unique experience of the Jessup national administration.

  • TLA will represent journalist Sergey Sobolev

    The accident resulting in the death of Elena Soboleva took place on January 18, 2013 at the Saltykovskaya railway station of the Moscow Railways’ Gorky line. The young woman’s death attracted massive public attention. After the initial inquiry, the police refused to launch criminal investigation of the incident. Sergey Sobolev intends to challenge this refusal in court.   

    Marat Davletbaev, Threefold Legal Advisors LLC, partner:

    “The right to life is one of the most basic human rights ever to receive international protection. In developed countries, the mechanism for holding business entities liable for human rights violations is developed quite well. It is our goal that the same mechanism should function in Russia too. The case of Sergey Sobolev is one of the starting points to achieve this goal.”

    Irina Sergeeva, Threefold Legal Advisors LLC, partner: 

    “The appeal against the refusal to launch criminal investigation is only one of the measures to protect our client's rights. We are currently studying the circumstances of the case and analyzing the entire spectrum of remedies offered by the Russian legislation. Sometimes people who face a tragedy similar to the one that Sergey Sobolev has to face do not believe (and, unfortunately, sometimes quite correctly) that they are able to effectively restore their rights. However it is precisely the active civil position of the people that could force major companies and state authorities to develop a responsible attitude towards the protection of human rights.”

  • Marat Davletbaev participated in Vedomosti's IX Russia Legal Forum

    On 5 April 2013, Marat Davletbaev, partner at Threefold Legal Advisors, participated in the panel 'What can be derived from the British legal system?' at the London session of the Russia Legal Forum, the IX Annual Business Forum organised by the Vedomosti newspaper. In his presentation, Marat spoke about the European and international experience in the area of business & human rights. 

  • The 2013 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Russia: the Siberian Federal University has won the National Championship, with the National Research Institute – Higher School of Economics coming in second

    On 3 February 2013 the XII Russian National Championship of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Jessup Competition, the world’s largest and most prestigious English-language competition for law students, ended in Moscow.

    52 Russian universities participated in the competition, with 39 universities making it for to Oral Rounds in Moscow, and over 120 international lawyers took part as judges, both those from Russia and those, who came to Moscow for the purpose from Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, USA, and other countries.

    This year, the judges in the Final Round were professor William Burke-White of the University of Pennsylvania, professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill of Oxford University, and judge Erik Møse, of the European Court of Human Rights.

    After a lengthy discussion in the deliberations room, the judges awarded the victory to the Siberian Federal University team, which had broken forth after lagging behind the leaders of the preliminary rounds. The Higher School of Economics took the second place. The Competition leaders also included the teams of the Moscow State University, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), the Russian Academy of Justice, and the Ural State Law Academy. These teams will represent Russia in the International Rounds of the Jessup Competition, which will take place in the USA in early April of 2013.

    Just as a reminder, it was the Moscow State University team that won the sensational victory last year in the International rounds of the Jessup Competition over the Columbia University team (USA) and brought to Russia the Jessup Cup – the historical symbol of the Competition, which passes annually from winner to winner.

    The six best teams of the just-ended Russian National Championship are noteworthy because the first and the sixths place went to the teams that are comparatively new to the competition and are not the traditional leaders. The teams of the Siberian Federal University and the Ural State Law Academy prove that there are no invincible teams or permanent leaders at the Jessup Competition.

    The Final Round of the Competition was preceded by speeches by the Competition guests of honor: the managing partner of the Moscow office of White & Case Hermann Schmitt, a White & Case partner and a long-time friend of the Jessup Competition Maya Melnikas, Chief of the Rector’s Office of the MGIMO-University Artem Malgin, Pro-Rector of Research of the Moscow State Law Academy Igor Matskevich, as well as a partner of the Threefold Legal Advisors Marat Davletbaev. All speakers noted the special meaning that the Jessup Competition has for the Russian legal community and the stable progress of the teams presented in the Russian Rounds.

    The Threefold Legal Advisors partner Marat Davletbaev pointed out in his speech the particular relevance of the problem considered in the Competition – the protection of rights of displaced persons, who are no longer under the protection of their state. He reminded everyone that, “In the 20th century the humankind has committed its most outrageous crimes against people who found themselves in a legal gap,” and that “it is the state that was made to serve the people, and not the people who were made to serve the state.”

    The problems discussed at the Jessup Competition quite often overlap the mission of the Threefold Legal Advisors – to find the human dimension within the international and national legal system.

    The Russian Round of the 2013 Competition took place with the administrative and financial support of White & Case and Threefold Legal Advisors. The Competition took place under the auspices of the Kutafin MSAL and the MGIMO-University. The Competition was also supported by the USA Embassy and the Canadian Embassy, Pericles ABLE Project, Vegas-Lex, Garant and ConsultantPlus.

    The 2013 Competition is not finished – it will continue in Washington, DC, USA in early April. The best teams from over 150 countries will come together in the same city, within the same walls. The six teams that represent the Russian Federation will be among them, as well as their coaches and those of the Russian attorneys who will be able to make it to the International Rounds as judges. We wish every success to our teams and we wish the Jessup Cup a return trip to Moscow in April 2013!

  • Marat Davletbaev joins Threefold Legal Advisors LLC as a partner

    5 February 2013, Moscow - Marat Davletbaev became a partner of the law firm Threefold Legal Advisors LLC. He will now oversee corporate practice and will also focus on business and human rights issues.

    Prior to joining Threefold Legal Advisors LLC Mr. Davletbaev was the Head of Projects and International Business Legal Department at Inter RAO UES, where he was responsible for all legal issues related to the acquisition of major energy companies, consolidation and restructuring of the company's assets in Russia and abroad. From 2008 to 2010 Mr. Davletbaev was Deputy Director of the International Legal Department at Vi Holding, the management company of an international investment holding, which specializes in aluminum projects. From 2002 to 2008 he worked at Gazprom, first as Chief Legal Adviser and then as Head of Section for legal support of international financial transactions. Regaining control over key oil and gas assets in the Orenburg region, as well as development of contractual framework for the construction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline should be mentioned among the key projects carried out during that period.

    Marat Davletbaev was born in 1979. In 2001 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), International Law Department. He is fluent in English and has working knowledge of Chinese, French, and Italian.

  • Threefold Legal Advisors: Article by Irina Sergeeva and Maria Issaeva published in Zakon's special issue on pro bono

    Our partners Irina Sergeeva and Maria Issaeva have prepared an article 'Pro Bono in Legal Education in Russia' for the Zakon journal's special issue on pro bono. The authors, who for many years have been actively involved in various educational projects, discuss the development of pro bono in the sphere of legal education in Russia based on the experience of several successful pro bono projects such as the Russian Championship of the Jessup Moot Court Competition and a student seminar on the Professional Responsibility and Ethics in the Global Legal Market. The article is available here (in Russian).

  • Threefold Legal Advisors: Our junior associates' victory in the Russian Constitutional Law Moot Court

    Congratulations to our associates Maria Kiskachi and Alexandra Suchkova, members of the Saint-Petersburg State University team, on winning the Second Russian Constitutional Law Moot Court, the final round of which was held earlier this month at the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation. Maria Kiskachi was also named the best oralist.

    The competition was organized by the Institute of Law and Public Policy and the Venice Commission (the European Commission for Democracy through Law) under the auspices of the Constitutional Court. The final round was judged by the panel of seven judges including former and current judges of the Constitutional Court, representatives of the Venice Commission, and other prominent constitutional law experts.

    Further information concerning the Competition is available at the website of the Institute of Law and Public Policy.

    We wish Maria and Alexandra further success including in real courtrooms!

  • Anton Petrov commented on the Madonna case in Peterburgsky Jurist

    Our associate Anton Petrov gave a comment on the Madonna case to Peterburgsky Jurist, the professional journal in St. Petersburg. The case is currently being heard in St. Petersburg Moskovsky District Court and concerns the alleged gay propaganda committed by Madonna during her concert in August 2012. The plaintiffs asked a compensation in an amount of 333 million rubles for the moral damages they allegedly incurred. The comment is available as an audio recording.

  • 2013 Jessup Season: The 2013 Russian Rounds to take place on 30 January - 03 February 2013

    The 2013 Russian Rounds of the Jessup Competition will take place in Moscow on 30 January - 03 February 2013.

    Please follow this link to find comprehensive information about the 2013 Russian Jessup


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