Business programme

Cancel Culture: The Right to Cancel, or a Cancellation of Rights?

Congress Centre, conference hall D3
People and Law
A number of societies which have proclaimed the loftiest democratic ideals have seen the rise of a new way of regulating social interactions over the past decade. During this time, cancel culture has been consistently cultivated in the West, leading to societies placing less emphasis on legal assessments of individual behaviour, and more on collective hate and obstruction campaigns against people. Indeed, the principles employed appear to more resemble those of a primitive society. In just a few years, cancel culture has gained so much momentum that it can be employed not just to individual people, but entire nationalities, cultures, and even countries. What is the legal take on cancel culture? What was it that caused this shift away from societal responsibility for current events and towards collective irresponsibility? Will the law endure in the fight against cancel culture?


Alexander Tsypkin
Writer, Scriptwriter


Vadim Vinogradov
Dean of the Faculty of Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics; Head of the Working Group on Legislation in the Field of Internet Technologies and Digitalization, Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation
Natalia Kolerova
Lawyer, Adviser, Attorneys at Law of Saint Petersburg S&K Vertical
Anatoly Kucherena
Chairman of the Presidium, Bar Association Kucherena and Partners; Doctor of Law
Andrey Loginov
State Secretary – Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation
Mikhail Piotrovsky
General Director, The State Hermitage Museum