The Annual General Meeting of The British Russian Law Association (BRLA) took place at The Reform Club in London last night. At this well attended event, the re-elected Chairman Professor Bill Bowring thanked Rupert D’Cruz for his tireless and unselfish efforts during his 20 years as a leader of the organisation. Robert Brown, partner, Corker Binning was also re-elected as Vice-Chairman of the Association.
The guest speaker, Alexander Kramarenko, the Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Russia to Great Britain, addressed attendees after dinner. Mr Kramarenko commented on a range of topics including developments in Russian law, and gave his thoughts on the extradition arrangements between the UK and Russia and the issues which have arisen in this area of British-Russian political and legal relations.
In 2011 the Association, which marks its 20th year this year, continued to organise a number of seminars on topical issues of Russian law, commerce and politics. A seminar on the application of English Law in Russia relating to Shareholder Rights (and related issues) in Ekaterinburg was a good opportunity for members to visit the Regions. A highlight of the year was English Law Week in Moscow, organised in conjunction with The Law Society, the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Anglo-Russian Law Association (ARLA). This two day programme of events in June was held in conjunction with the Lord Mayor’s visit to Moscow with the purpose of promoting English law and to raise the profile of UK lawyers in Russia. The BRLA has also further developed ties with its French and German counterparts, with members of the BRLA, led by Rupert D’Cruz, attending an event organised by the French Russian Law Association.
A number of seminars and other events are planned in 2012 to build upon what has been achieved in 2011. In particular, the Association plans to organise further events in conjunction with both the French and German Russian Law Associations in order to provide further opportunities to promote discussion among those with an interest in Russian law, commerce and politics. Through organising these events the BRLA will continue in 2012 to help strengthen the links between the legal professions in the UK and the Russian Federation.