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IV International Networking Congress. The judicial system of Italy.

Roma, 5th July 2017

On July 5 in Rome, we successfully completed another CECJ event for more than 50 Russian and Italian lawyers. In three days of the visit, Russian participants gathered comprehensive information from the leading Italian experts on international family law, migration law, commercial law and real estate issues. Each thematic cluster featured lectures prepared on the basis of the specific questions of the Russian participants sent to the lecturers in advance, and this ensured the practical orientation of the event and the individual approach.

The distinctive element of the programme was a round-table networking event that brought together more than 50 Russian and Italian lawyers who established contacts with potential partners in Italy and in Russia respectively. The relevance and success of the networking format, which we have already effectively implemented in Moscow, St. Petersburg and New York, is also explained by the direct interest in cooperation demonstrated by all the participants, who attended the event with specific ideas for discussion, as well as numerous projects for long-term cooperation. In addition to personal acquaintance and oral presentation, each participant of the networking event received a directory of lawyers tailor-made for the event, in print and in electronic form, aimed at preserving contacts and information about each participant.

The third part of the programme was held in the Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy, according to the tradition of our Roman events. There we met with the Secretary-General of the court and the chairman of the 5th Civil Section, Mr. Mammone, as well as with his deputy and the chairman of the 6th Criminal Section, Ms. Cammino. We were received in the historic hall, where all the main judicial events of Italy are held. For example, every January the new judicial year is solemnly inaugurated here in the presence of the President of the Republic, the head of government and all the first persons of the state. Remarkably, a month before us the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation hosted a delegation of Russian judges from the Supreme Court presided by Mr. Lebedev exactly in this hall. Against the background of a fresco depicting the compilation of Justinian's code – a landmark for the development of Roman law – we were told about the cooperation agreement between the Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy and the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, and I thought that perhaps this cooperation would also become a landmark for our two countries.

It was very interesting to attend a hearing of a criminal case in the Supreme Court of Cassation and to meet with the lawyer who represented the applicant's interests in the proceedings. Well, in general, every visit to the Palace of Justice in Rome - Il Palazzaccio, as the Romans call it, - always amazes me. Probably, this is one of the most beautiful palaces of justice in the world. As a gift from the Secretary-General, I received two books reflecting both the beauty of this building and the procedural peculiarities of the Supreme Court of Cassation. All participants will receive a scanned version of this book.As a result of the programme, the Russian participants:

  1. received answers to the most difficult questions on international family law, commercial law in Italy, real estate issues and immigration law of Italy;
  2. established contacts with reliable and trusted lawyers from Rome and other regions, with a variety of specialisms that could satisfy the requests event of the most demanding Russian clients who have professional and personal interests in Italy;
  3. advertised the services of Russian lawyers in Italy to represent the interests of Italian clients in the Russian Federation;
  4. made arrangements for further internships of Russian lawyers in Italian law firms as part of an exchange programme (visiting lawyers).A sightseeing tour of Rome, held on the eve of the working programme, was a special and complimentary treat.

I can write endlessly about Rome, and in general about Italy. I return to this country with great pleasure every time, and I am very glad that our programmes in Italy are becoming more interesting and professionally useful for our participants. I am looking forward to seeing you soon and thank you very much for the opportunity to work with you and to create such interesting projects.

Ekaterina Safonova, PhD
Director of CECJ