Situated near the border between Europe and Asia, Yekaterinburg is the administrative center of the Sverdlovsk oblast, a fourth most densely populated city in Russia.

Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723 by the order of Peter I who wanted to make it a mining capital of the country. And it is a fact that during the first years of its work the Yekaterinburg factory was better technologically equipped than any other metallurgical enterprises in the world.

Today Yekaterinburg is a dynamically developing city with different economies which takes the leading position among Russian cities for its investment attractiveness.


Enjoying the status of the industrial city, Yekaterinburg also takes leading positions in developing higher education and science. The city has 45 establishments of higher education and 20 research institutes.

Yekaterinburg is the capital of the Ural Federal District with the Federal Commercial Court of the Ural Federal District of the Russian Federation situated here. The Court has jurisdiction over Bashkortostan, the Udmurt Republic, the Perm krai, the Kurgan, Orenburg, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk oblasts.

Yekaterinburg is the center for international cooperation hosting more than 20 consulates and trade representatives of foreign states, with more than 300 international companies conducting their activities in the city.

Yekaterinburg becomes a regular venue for different level events like international summits and business talks: the city organizes and holds the annual international exhibition and forum of industry and technology - INNOPROM; in 2009, the city hosted the BRICS summit and the SCO summit; in 2010, Yekaterinburg welcomed the leaders of Russia and Germany – Dmitry Medvedev and Angela Merkel. In 2018, Yekaterinburg will become the venue for some of the 2018 World Football Cup matches.

The Ural legal scholars and practitioners are actively involved in different activities. Some leading law firms are focused on developing the market of law services, improving the legal ethics rules and lawyers’ activity on the whole. Annually Yekaterinburg hosts “Ural Legal Week”; the Ural State Law University is a regular venue for all-Russia and international research-to-practice conferences and forums, for example: the Euro-Asian Law Congress, the Kovalyov Readings international research-to-practice conference where the Puchkov&Partners law firm is one of the organizers of the conference.

You have a unique opportunity to join the excursion offered to the Conference participants to see the sights of Yekaterinburg and its suburbs.

For more information about Yekaterinburg, its cultural centers and places of interest see the official site of the city.