Conference on “The Nuremberg Trials: Impact on the Global Legal Order, Responses to the Challenges of Our Time”

Conference on “The Nuremberg Trials: Impact on the Global Legal Order, Responses to the Challenges of Our Time”

3 November 2020

November 3rd, the round table "The Nuremberg Trials: Impact on the World Legal Order, Responses to Modern Challenges" was held. The event, which was organized by the Russian Lawyers Association and MGIMO, was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the sentencing by the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg.

The event was opened by the University’s First Vice-Rector, Dean of MGIMO’s International Law School G.Tolstopyatenko, who greeted the guests on behalf of the Rector A.Torkunov and emphasized the fact that international studies are an integral part of educational programs at all of MGIMO’s different schools, regardless of the field of study. Any scientific events, where international cooperation and the interaction of international and national law are analysed, are of interest to academics and students alike. The First Vice-Rector noted that the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Criminology was the organizer of the event on MGIMO’s side and that the department performs research on international cooperation in the field of law enforcement and international justice. This year a master's program of the same name was launched under the supervision of the Head of the Department, Doctor of Law, Professor A.Volevodz.

G.Tolstopyatenko wished the participants of the forum, on behalf of MGIMO Rector A.Torkunov, productive work and gave the floor to the moderator of the meeting, E.Spiridonova, Acting Executive Director of the Office of the Russian Lawyers Association.

The guest expressed her gratitude to the University for the opportunity to hold the round table. She reminded the audience that this year has been declared in Russia the Year of Memory and Glory, and many events have been planned to commemorate the Victory and the Nuremberg Trials. “When we were preparing for the International Forum “Lessons from Nuremberg ”, which will be held at the Victory Museum on November 20th -21st, we decided to organize a similar event for students, who will soon be Russia’s diplomats in the international arena. We chose to hold the event jointly with MGIMO and we made the right decision. Our opinion was that for the event to be successful, we needed an interested audience and experts speakers and we have both!" she noted.

The first presenter was the Co-Chairman of the Central Office of the All-Russian Popular Front, Executive Secretary of the All-Russian civic movement "Search Movement of Russia", Co-Chairman of the Central Office of the All-Russian civil-patriotic movement "Immortal Regiment of Russia" E.Tsunaev. The guest spoke about the importance of the Nuremberg Trials and showed in her presentation some archival documents that were declassified and published within the framework of the federal project "No statute of limitations". An exposition with these documents can be viewed at the MGIMO atrium from the 2nd to the 9th of November. The project is being carried out on behalf of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin for the Year of Memory and Glory.

The Deputy Dean for Research of the International Law School, Head of the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Criminology of MGIMO A.Volevodz, the Deputy Director of the Institute of History and Politics of the Moscow State Pedagogical University V.Shapovalov, the Professor of the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Criminology E.Sidorenko, the Chairman of the Commission of the Russian Lawyers Association on the Legal Legacy of the Second World War, International Humanitarian Law, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity D.Sadovnikov, all gave presentations.

The round table was also attended by professors and faculty members of MGIMO’s International Law School, representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry, employees of the Prosecutor General's Office and the Investigative Committee of Russia, historians, political scientists, public figures and lawyers, BA and MA students.

A video recording of the event can be viewed on the MGIMO YouTube channel.