Annual Report 2023
Dear colleagues!
For the International and Comparative Law Research Center, 2023 was the year of developing new projects and areas of expertise and rethinking the existing ones.

We launched the Investment Law and Arbitration Lab and the Scholarship for Young International Law Researchers; held the Summer School “Climate Change: Science, Law, Practice” using the format of the Summer School on Public International Law; set up the additional education program “Resilience and Sustainability of Energy and O&G Sector” in partnership with Skoltech. New experts joined our team, we continued to support various competitions and participate in the work of a number of international organizations and bodies. In our research, we paid a lot of attention to sustainable development, carbon regulation, and Eurasian integration. Our Library was replenished with hundreds of new editions from the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, the US, as well as with a personal collection of Professor Anton Asoskov.

We prepare for publication new research papers on current issues and work on new projects, contribute to the activities of international bodies and organizations, and plan further to develop and disseminate the Center’s expertise among all those who are open to the study of international law and interested in using the best practices in this field.

We thank all experts and partners who help us to create intellectual products and realize unique educational projects, and we hope to continue our fruitful cooperation.
Yulia Mullina
General Director
Highlights of the Year
52
research papers
33
14
12
presentations 
at external events
4
competitions received support
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The moot court competition “Dispute Resolution in the EAEU 2023”

The All-Russian Youth Competition on Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law — IP&IT LAW

The National Moot Court on Arbitration of Corporate Disputes named after Professor V. P. Mozolin
25
new experts/speakers from 8 countries
  • Brazil
  • France
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lithuania
11
students completed internships at the ICLRC
  • Pakistan
  • Russia
  • Thailand
  • US
Key Topics and Projects of the Year
As a result of the ninth competition for the Award, the winner was Adam Nalgiev with his paper Inconsistency in the Practice of Investment Tribunals on Issues of Proof: Does the Reform Have Anything to Offer? and three papers were specially noted:

Alexey Nikitin:
European Union’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism in Light of the Law of the World Trade Organization

Artem Kasumyan:
Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform Initiatives of the European Union: Investment Chapter of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada

Vladislav Donakanyan:
The Invisible Piece of the Puzzle: The Role of Individual Opinions of Judges in the Administration of International Justice in the Practice of the International Court of Justice
The competition was theme-based … It definitely drew the attention of many people to specific topics, which means the competition was higher in some ways. …
I think that the Russian science of international law is in safe hands.
Natalia Sokolova
Chair of the International Law in the XXI Century Award Council
Adam Nalgiev, the winner of the International Law in the XXI Century Award
Award ceremony
Award ceremony
The winner and the authors of outstanding works — Alexey Nikitin and Vladislav Donakanyan
Chair of the Award Council Natalia Sokolova, the winner, and the authors of outstanding works
Monetary support for three scholars during the period of their research (from 3 to 6 months) on thematic areas determined by the ICLRC.

Scholars:

Elizaveta Umrikhina:
Role of the Mechanism of Advisory Opinions in Fighting Climate Change in International Legal Regime

Egor Sigauri-Gorsky:

The Integration Model of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as an International Legal Phenomenon

Ekaterina Martynova:
Artificial Intelligence: Factors of Threat to International Peace and Security
The main idea of the Scholarship is to give young scientists the opportunity to do science full-time, i.e. to spend on it as much time as possible. … The Scholarship is an opportunity to choose science, at least for a while.
Yulia Mullina
Lectures of Anna Joubin-Bret Substantive Standards of Protection in International Investment Law delivered at the Summer School 2021 were published.
Research
As part of the research on privileges and immunities of international organizations, the ICLRC collected and studied Russian practice on the topic of settlement of disputes to which international organizations are parties, which is under consideration by the International Law Commission.

In the context of the Center’s participation as an observer in various international fora, the regulation and decision-making practices of international conferences, including those related to the drafting of international treaties, were studied.
… the Agreement is intended to expand and complement existing general obligations for the protection and sustainable use of biological diversity with specific obligations and practical tools for areas beyond national jurisdiction (high seas and the Area …), including those related to cooperation.
Research of issues related to marine spatial planning, legal regimes of various maritime spaces

Review of the Agreement on Marine Biological Diversity of Areas beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ Agreement)
The EAEU countries are actively supported by international organizations and third countries that have both advanced competencies and their own approaches to carbon regulation. Against this background, it is the dialog within the EAEU that will help ensure that the emerging infrastructure is in line with the peculiarities and needs of the countries of the Union, as well as prevent risks from future differences in regulation.
During the two-week on-campus course more than 20 renowned Russian and foreign experts were giving lectures to the lawyers from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia on the international and national climate law, its relation with other branches of law, scientific insights and practical measures for adaptation and response to climate change. Some of the topics covered the climate change impact on the world economy, the role of climate change in international trade, shipping, aviation, and related legal issues.
I was really impressed by the questions that were asked to me, very challenging questions sometimes, but really helped in my own research. So, I really enjoyed teaching in this program.
Benoit Mayer
Expert of the Summer School “Climate Change: Science, Law, Practice”
Summer School “Climate Change: Science, Law, Practice” 2023
Lecture by Alexander Shestakov “Climate Change and Biodiversity: Two Global Crises – Same Solutions”
The Summer School expert Benoit Mayer communicates with the audience after his lecture “International Law on Climate Change: The Sources”
Business Game on Climate
The Summer School expert Mikhail Yulkin and students
Evening cruise along the Moskva River
… the outcome documents demonstrate significant progress in the general understanding of the tools of global decarbonization, but there is hardly any significant progress in expanding the toolkit of the green transition. Questions about setting a collective goal for adaptation and the finance needed not only to mitigate climate risks but also for developing countries to increase their ambitions to reduce emissions remain unresolved.