Lake Baikal Ecosystem under the International Protection
13 February 2020

In December 2019, the team of the ISU Research Institute for Lake Baikal Legal Protection, have become one of the winners of the scientific projects contest organized by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research. Dmitry Shornikov, ISU Law Institute associate professor, supervises the project called “The concept of International Legal Protection of the Lake Baikal Ecosystem”.

The ISU Law Institute pays special attention to the environmental legislation due to the proximity of Lake Baikal. It is well-known that now Baikal is suffering from human activity, which has negative effects on the environment in the region. That’s why, in May 2018, the ISU Research Institute for Lake Baikal Legal Protection started functioning with the aim to contribute to the legislation on Lake Baikal and Baikal region protection.

The ISU scholars have written a scientific report on the Baikal protection legislation, which shows all the possible ways of solving socio-economic and environmental problems.

The Institute deals with legislative, scientific, and educational work which is essential for analyzing many existing international treaties and agreements in relation to Lake Baikal.

Taking into account a great scientific and social significance of this project, the researchers are ready to engage in dialogue with the scientific community of the region, business representatives, state and local authorities, and residents of the region who are not indifferent to the problems of Lake Baikal. The administration of the ISU Law Institute, lawyers, employees of the Baikal Interregional Environmental Prosecutor’s Office, and colleagues from foreign universities are willing to assist in conducting research.

The professors and instructors from the ISU Law Institute as well as the students and post-graduate students, who are eager to show their potential in science, will participate in the discussion on this topic. The ISU Law Institute believes that the environment protection issues in jurisprudence today won’t only be interesting, but they can improve career prospects for young lawyers.