ALRF opens International Representative Office and Swiss Academy for International Law in Geneva
On 7 February 2020, the Association of Lawyers of Russia opened the International Representative Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Moreover, the ALRF together with the Russian partner universities – Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (MGIMO), Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Government of the Russian Federation (IZAK), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), and International Legal Education Centre launched the first academic year of the Swiss Academy for International Law (SAIL).
The opening ceremony was attended by the Co-Chairman of the ALRF, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the SAIL Sergey Stepashin. In his welcoming speech, professor Stepashin underlined the importance of training highly qualified legal professionals knowing specific aspects of international law and able to defend national interests on foreign and international platforms.
The event was also attended by the Rector of the SAIL, professor Alexey Klishin; CEO – Chief of Staff, Vice Chairman of the Board of the ALRF Stanislav Alexandrov; Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Switzerland Sergey Garmonin; Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Office and Other International Organizations (Geneva) Gennady Gatilov, President Elect of the Bar Association of India, member of the Academic Council of the SAIL Prashant Kumar, Secretary General of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Brazilian Bar Association Bruno Barata, Swiss lawyers and attorneys, and representatives from the eminent Russian legal higher academic institutions and faculties.
The ALRF International Representative Office will be headed by Stanislav Alexandrov and deal with providing free legal assistance to Russian citizens abroad, holding roundtables, conferences, seminars and other events for Russian lawyers, expert actitivies, as well as cooperating with foreign and Russian media abroad.