On December 14, 2019 the Chair of the Constitutional Law and the Centre for Bioethics of the Ural State Law University hosted a round table discussion on Constitutional Evaluation of Contemporary Legal Reality: Lawmaking, Law Enforcement, Jurisprudence and Bioethics.
The use of biotechnologies raises far-reaching ethical and legal implications, yet there is little regulatory oversight of these medical and constitutional procedures in Russia. In the field marked by the rapid technological innovations the Constitution of the Russian Federation must navigate questions related to the conception of human values and dignity in a landscape of shifting cultural norms and ideological divisions.
The objective of this round table discussion was to analyze the effectiveness of the Russian Constitution in the light of the developments in the biomedical field and the perspectives with a view to define the elements of a “strategic action plan”.
The round table discussion provided a platform for presenting new ideas, debate, discussion, learning and networking with other professionals the fields of constitutional and municipal law, constitutional judicial process, human rights and bioethics.
More than 50 professionals and stakeholders from various regions from the constitutional, civil and criminal law as well as from public authorities and academics (medicine, political science, philosophy) were brought together ( from Sverdlovsk Region, Tyumen region, Krasnoyarsk Region).
The Professor Marat Salikov opened the round table discussion and welcomed speakers and participants. He invited Professor Svetlana Nesmeyanova, Associate Professor Maxim Gonchavov and Associate Professor Irina Krylatova to make some opening remarks.
The first session of the round table discussion was opened by the Vice-Head of the Centre of Bioethics and Law, PhD, Medical Sciences, Senior Scientist, Institute for Immunology Michail Bolkov, who provided the audience with a dynamic overview of the new challenges of the medicine of 21 century. Irina Krylatova provided background on the understanding of the key bioethics issues and the concept of boiconstitutionalism. She remarked that it is the notion of human dignity which lies at the heart of the entire human rights edifice and this concept is prevalent in and connects the disciplines of law and ethics. Then discussion moved on to the core legal and ethical issues of child transplantology moderated by Svetlana Nesmeyanova and Ekaterina Kalinina as well as medical screening and storage of genetic samples (Andrey Nechkin).
The second session began with the study of Gregory Yakimov on constitutionalism and contemporary Constitution which moved further to flexibility of public policy by Dmitriy Avdeev. The point was made that mentioned issues interrelated with the constitutional identity and legal awareness (Alexandr Bleshik). Participants of the forum agued that decision-making policy is impossible without the social partnership with religious organizations (Vera Ilichenko) and good governance and rule of law (Valentin Agafonov).
In addition, 4 post-graduate students presented the several studies on the budget and constitutional judicial process (Mark Lesuk, Miсhael Sadovy, Alexander Tupikin, Igor Epiphanov).
Maxim Goncharov concluded the discussion by remarking that legislators have a responsibility to explain and clarify what the concept of constitutional values means. To solve this problem he proposed to adopt the special legal act.
Our special thanks are to the panelists for the meaningful and motivating academic discussion which seemed to be truly enjoyable.
 The Doctor of Law, Professor, Head of the Chair of Constitutional Law, Ural State Law University Marat Salikov; Doctor of Law, Professor, Dean of the Institute of Additional Education Chair of Constitutional Law, Ural State Law University Svetlana Nesmeyanova; PhD in Law, the Associate Professor of Law, Chair of Constitutional Law, Ural State Law University Maxim Gonchavov; Head of the Centre of Bioethics and Law, PhD in Law , the Associate Professor of Law Ural State Law University, Chair of the Constitutional Law Irina Krylatova.