Remarks of Russian President Dimitry Medvedev at Stanford University

This afternoon Russian President  Dimitry Anatolyevich Medvedev spoke at Stanford University.

Here are some notes I took during his speech:

He noted 10 tasks for Russia’s government  to allow every Russian to succeed within the framework of law.

  1. Reform and improve education to realize every citizen’s full potential.
  2. Citizens must have access to full information, foreign and domestic. HDTV and broadband in the future to 90% of all Russians. Access to information serves as a guarantee of freedom of speech.
  3. Promote intellectual property rights. Laws are not enough as we must educate people to respect the law. Compliance with court rulings is a priority.
  4. Develop Russian natural resources and high tech companies.
  5. Strong financial system. Health stock market, currency and banking sector.  Balanced basket of currencies is important.
  6. Most important task is health of citizens. Death rate is going down. Demographic situation finally stopped deteriorating last year. Reform of health system is a top priority.
  7. Democratic political system based on the constitution is a work in progress. Improve political system in Russian way without foreign mentoring. Judicial power will improve. Raise authority of the courts and create a reliable judicial system.
  8. Stability – last 20 years of Russian history were harsh and turbulent. Those times changed people’s attitude toward life.  Last 20 years were a trial for Russians. Stability is precondition for modernization and development; however, Russia must be open to change. Caucasus and terrorism: threat of extremist in north Caucasus caused by dire socio-economic
  9. International Relations: Russia is a predictable international parent with a consistent foreign policy. Russia will be firm in protecting her interests while being open to foreign partnerships on based on equality and respect  for international law.  G20 and G8 meetings in Canada will focus on stability, climate change, nuclear free world, energy, and security efforts.
  10. Russian is becoming open to many partners, open to trade, economics and cultural life. Invite all to work with Russia.

He closed his formal remarks with a quote from Anton Chekhov: “we must work, work, work, for happiness is something only for our distant descendants.” From Act 2 of Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” I believe.

Highlights from Q&A

  • Russia has capital/money but not a silicon valley.
  • Relations with Georgia are “dramatically bad” Russia defended its citizens in South Ossetia. No chance of improving relations with the current president of Georgia (Saakashvili)
  • He did not rule out running for a second term, but stated that being president is  a hard job.

2 new journals for 2010: ILI Law Review and Arctic Review on Law & Politics

Indian Law Institute Law Review (free)

http://www.ili.ac.in/lawreview.htm

Volume 1, Issue 1

http://www.ili.ac.in/issues.htm

journal description:

The ILI Law Review is an initiative of the LL.M students of ILI to encourage scholarship in the fields of law and allied subjects among the budding scholars of ILI and other Universities and Colleges in India and abroad.  It is expected that the ILI Law Review will cater to the felt needs of scholars, researchers, lawyers, policy makers and dedicated law students in the diverse arenas of law

The ILI Law Review will be an Online Journal and each article submitted for publication goes through a three-tier selection process. The selection process includes vetting of the articles by students, experts from ILI faculty and finally by an external expert. There after the student editors of the journal edits the articles selected for publication as per the Journal of Indian Law Institute format.  It is also important to note that the ILI Law Review is proposed to be an environment friendly publication because at no stage of the publication papers are used. Many factors make the Law Review unique and different from other journals. It is the first online law journal in the country to be assigned with the ISSN code, which is indicative of its quality and standard. The involvement of students at every stage of the process ensures that they are exposed to editing procedures under expert guidance. As we believe in unconditional dissemination of knowledge, the journal is open-sourced and all articles are available free of any cost. Through its peer-reviewed processes and constant dedication to maintain international standards, the ILI Law Review aims to be a vehicle of quality legal scholarship within the country and abroad.

Arctic Review on Law and Politics.

Roughly $75 per year for two issues.

http://akademiskweb.com/index.asp?id=129002

Journal description from their Web site:

Arctic Review on Law and Politics is a scientific journal with the goal to publish articles in the field of law and politics. Law and Politics is understood in a wide sense, as it also encompasses research in disciplines like economics, sociology, human geography and social anthropology.

The journal focuses on the arctic and the northern areas, and the aim is to provide new knowledge and understanding of fundamental issues in these areas and thus become a rostrum for debates over the development in the northern areas. The goal is to cover issues like management of resources, environmental issues including economic and legal questions of climate change, and law of the sea. Other topics of current interest are jurisdictional matters and indigenous people’s rights.

Arctic Review on Law and Politics takes aim to be an international journal at a high academic level, publishing peer reviewed articles in two volumes per year.

The journal is established in the «Arctic Capital» of Norway, Tromsø, where the editor-in-chief also is located. In addition to the editor, the editorial board consists of national co-editors from the other arctic countries; Canada, Denmark, Finland, Russia, Sweden and USA.

Staying current on Russian land legislation

The Russian Federal Real Estate Cadastre Agency (Rosnedvizhimost) maintains an English language Web page that lists new laws, decrees, orders, resolutions, letters, and regualtions  related to land law in Russia. The page provides the title and a brief citation in English and offers a link to the full-text in Russian.  The site is updated quite frequently, so it should serve as a way for non-Russian speakers to track developments in Russia.  There is also a database for regional legislation. Additional search capabilities appear on the Russian language pages.

Russian Federal Real Estate Cadastre Agency Documents Web page

http://eng.www.kadastr.ru/documents/docs/