Reconciliation was the major way of solving disputes long before the appearance of legal regulation. Religious standards always give a priority to reconciliation. In the era of developed legislation the value of reconciliation diminished.

The reconciliation was replaced by legal rules that became standards of justice. The isolation of jurisprudence from social ways of resolving conflicts and disputes led to the blind search of alternatives.

Reconciliation is widely used in the modern Civil Procedure, all of us familiar with such fancy word as «mediation». The grounds of reconciliation infiltrated even Criminal Procedure. Conciliators work within some courts, some elements of conciliation got into the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Should the state abandon its monopoly on resolving disputes? What are the reasonable limits conciliation procedure usages in public law branches? Should the state interfere in all «criminal — victim» relation?


These and other issues of reconciliation are to be discussed within Kovalyov Readings 2020.

The conference will be interesting for

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  • Scholars and teachers dealing with criminal law, criminology, penitentiary system and victimology

  • Judges

  • Law enforcement workers: investigators, prosecutors, policemen

  • Human rights defenders

  • Advocates and legal practitioners

  • Penitentiary service workers

  • Journalists and politicians

  • Private detectives

  • Notary workers

  • Students’ community: undergraduates, masters, post-graduate students

The «Kovalev Readings» research-to-practice Сonference of 2020 offers unique opportunities! You can:

  • Construct a balance of rights and responsibilities for professional mistakes;

  • Determine the role of criminal law in the context of responsibility for professional mistakes (mistakes of doctors, judges, entrepreneurs, etc);

  • Benefit from the experience of Russian and foreign colleagues;

  • Attend lectures of world leading figures in the sphere of criminal legal science, highly experienced advocates, representatives of judicial and investigative bodies, legal practice specialists from Russia, Europe and Asia;

  • Attend cultural events in the cultural institutions of the Sverdlovsk Oblast as a part of the special program;

  • Enjoy the beauty of the Ural nature and sights of Yekaterinburg as a part of the excursion program.

History of conference

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The Kovalyov Readings is a unique international conference annually held in Yekaterinburg and attended by leading legal scholars and practitioners.

The Conference has been held by the Criminal Law Department of the Ural State Law University since 2004.

Over these years, the Conference has grown into a large-scale international forum to exchange ideas on the most topical issues put before the international legal society.

More than 600 speakers and 2,000 participants from 20 countries have taken part in the Conference.

Traditionally, the «Kovalyov Readings» research-to-practice conference is held by the Criminal Law Department of the Ural State Law University (USLU). It owes its name to Mitrofan Ivanovich Kovalyov (1922 - 2002), a prominent Russian scientist, a Great Patriotic War participant, a longstanding head of the Criminal Law Department at the Sverdlovsk Law Institute (SLI), a founder of the Ural criminal law school, Honored Worker of Sciences of the RSFSR, teacher of numerous generations of students at SLI-USLU, Doctor of Law and Professor.


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Volunteers are an essential part of the Kovalyov Readings. Every year participants and speakers emphasize a very good work of volunteers underlining their hospitality, prompt help and competence. To be a volunteer at the Conference implies taking part in the event of the international level, acquiring invaluable experience of speaking with high-level professionals from different spheres and meeting fellow thinkers.

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