ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, May 15, 2012 – Daniel C. Crosby, a partner with King & Spalding, will take part in a roundtable on the legal framework of the World Trade Organization during the Second Annual International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, May 16-19. The event is organized by the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation, the State Hermitage Federal Cultural Institution and the Saint Petersburg International Legal Forum Foundation.
The forum is dedicated to the issues of law as a value of contemporary society, the enhancement of the legal bases of global business development and the characteristics of the circulation and defense of cultural values. It is expected to draw more than 600 delegates comprising politicians, lawyers and world leading experts in the spheres of law, economics and international relations from over 35 countries.
Crosby’s May 17 panel will discuss the following topics:
- An overview of the main changes in Russian legislation due to Russia’s joining the WTO
- An evaluation of the interconnection between the obligations of the Russian Federation to the WTO and to the Customs Union/EEA countries and Custom Union’s customs legislation problems, as well as the ways of solving them in connection to the accession of Russia to the WTO
- How Russia’s participation in the WTO can aid in the protection of interests of Russian economic operators in Russia and abroad and additional possibilities of legal defense, including defense in court, arising in connection with Russia’s WTO membership
- Expectations among WTO members that Russia will not be able to effectively fulfill its obligations, resulting in a significant number of claims against Russia in the dispute resolution procedure (court) of the WTO.
- Protection of interests of the legal right holders in the WTO agreements on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights
Crosby is an international trade partner in King & Spalding’s Geneva office. He has over 17 years of experience assisting sovereign and commercial clients to achieve economic and business objectives by applying international trade and investment rules. He also advises clients in relation to subsidies and trade remedy proceedings around the world. Crosby has assisted governments with accession negotiations and trade disputes, and counsels global companies on the application of WTO rules to improve access to global markets for goods and services and to defend their interests in trade remedy investigations. In addition to work for U.S. and European multinationals, he has experience with clients in the Middle East, Russia and in the states of the former Soviet Union.
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