International online school: "Transformation of law in the context of digitalization: a declared need or an objective reality"

20.04.2022

The Higher School of Economics, Management and Law of NArFU hosted an international online school: "Transformation of law in the context of digitalization: a declared need or an objective reality", organized jointly with the Faculty of Law of F. Skorina Gomel State University (Republic of Belarus).  For four days, leading teachers of the two universities gave lectures and held master classes for Russian and Belarusian students on topical issues.  16 students from each university took part in the online school events.

Tatyana Zykina, Associate Professor of the Department of International Law and Comparative Law of the Higher School of Economics, Management and Law of NArFU, and Tatyana Kovaleva, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Civil Law Disciplines of the Gomel State University, touched upon the issue of digitalization in the regulation of social and labor relations.

The legal framework for regulating the protection of personal data are currently Important for the knowledge and understanding of jurisprudence.  This issue was presented by the lecturer of the Gomel State University Lyudmila Mozhaeva.  Maria Chernoudova, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Financial Law and Jurisprudence of the Higher School of Economics, Management and Law of NArFU, focused the attention of students on the aspects of liability arising from illegal activities on the Internet and using different software.

No less interesting was the lecture by Associate Professor of the Belarusian University Anna Nabatova on the gender-criminological foundations of the study of crime in the context of digital transformation.  At the end of the lecture day, the head of the Department of Criminal Law and Procedure of the Higher School of Economics, Management and Law of NArFU Natalya Mashinskaya spoke in detail about the features of the seizure of electronic storage media and copying data from them during investigative actions.

The students were able to use in practical classes the theoretical knowledge laid down in the lectures. A lively discussion was caused by the problems of the master class: "Remote work as an element of digitalization", which was held by Elena Kovaleva, Associate Professor of the Law Faculty of the Gomel State University.  Nina Skripchenko, Professor of the Department of Criminal Law and Procedure of the Higher School of Economics, Management and Law of NArFU, and Ekaterina Sungurova, Director of the NArFU Legal Clinic, organized a networking session on the transformation of the legal space under the influence of the digitalization of public relations.  Students had the opportunity to ask questions, compare the effect of legal norms in Russia and Belarus in similar legal situations, test their knowledge by answering questions and discussing with teachers.

The result of the online school was a joint project of Russian and Belarusian students aimed at discussing the prospects for harmonizing the legislation of Russia and Belarus in the digital environment.  It was moderated by Senior Lecturer of the Department of Theory and History of State and Law of the Gomel State University Yulia Ivanova and Head of the Department of International Law and Process of the Higher School of Economics, Management and Law of NArFU Ivan Savelyev.  Students presented a comparative analysis of Russian and Belarusian legislation on a number of legal provisions.

At the closing of the online school, Irina Esmantovich, Dean of the Faculty of Law of Gomel State University, and Lev Levit, Director of the Higher School of Economics, Managenemt and Law of NArFU, thanked the participants for their active, professional and creative work.  It was decided to make international online schools a good tradition that will strengthen the cooperation between the two universities.  The knowledge gained by students in the framework of such events will help them in the future to understand the complex legal situations that are dictated by the new digital reality.

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