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Campus inNizhny Novgorod

HSE Staff Members Presented Reports at Conference in New York

A panel discussion ‘Beyond the Oligarchs: A Survey of Russian’s Vibrant High-Tech Sector and the Law’ was held in New York as part of the ‘American Bar Association Section of International Law 2016 Spring Meeting’ international conference.  Mikhail Nazarov and Nadezhda Butryumova, Associate Professors at the Department of Venture Management and Experts at the ‘Administration of Innovative Systems’ Project Laboratory, took part in the event both as organisers and participants.

During the discussion Mikhail G. Nazarov and Nadezhda N. Butryumova presented the results of a survey of Russian business community analyzing legal obstacles to innovation in Russia. The researchers considered such issues as intellectual property protection, technology transfer, the public procurement system and fundraising.

The discussion aroused great interest among the participants and allowed HSE researchers to get expert feedback and constructive suggestions for the development of the project.

Mikhail Nazarov said: 'Our section on such a large-scale international conference aroused great interest and helped us to get good feedback. The participants shared their opinions about the results of the research we’d presented. We were advised to elaborate specific recommendations for changing some aspects of the legislation. It’s a large project that we are starting now. Despite the complicated relationship between the U.S. and Russia, there is still interest in the development of innovative business in Russia.'

Nadezhda Butryumova said: 'I was impressed by the scale of the conference, it brought together law experts and people interested in foreign legal systems. The experts gave us some valuable comments and advice on how to develop our project, they also asked a lot of questions and showed their interest in our research. We plan to present the project results in the form of practical recommendations that can be promoted through non-governmental organizations and entrepreneur communities.  It is now necessary to present the results to the community of entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators in order to get feedback. We also plan to take part in the Russian conference to discuss the results and get feedback before preparing the final paper, which we plan to publish in a foreign journal.'