The third RGSL faculty research seminar was held on 2 February 2021, and this time it focused on the research of RGSL Visiting Lecturer Dr. Francesco Luigi Gatta, who spoke about the topic "Social Media and the Court of Strasbourg". Dr.Gatta was discussing the keeping up with the new technologies in ECtHR own work, namely distant court proceedings, developing its ‘new technologies’ case-law, while giving attention also to the social media-human rights nexus, involving various issues such as hate speech. Still, the main part of Dr.Gatta’s presentation was devoted to the use of social media as a medium to lodge an application and/or to establish and maintain contact between the applicant and their representative. Accordingly, the Court has dealt with social media not only on its merits, but also from a procedural point of view, assessing the use of such modern and informal means of communication with regard to the admissibility of an application.
More about this topic you can read in this Strasbourg Observers blog post here:
The tradition to discuss research outputs by RGSL faculty was started 17 December last year, with the first speaker RGSL Professor Ineta Ziemele, judge at the Court of Justice of the EU, focusing on 'Constitutionality Control of EU law by Constitutional Courts'.
The second seminar was held on 19 January, where RGSL Assistant Professor Aleksandrs Fillers discussing his research on "Private international law in the context of EU Primary Law".
The next RGSL Faculty research seminar will be held on 17 February, with presenter being RGSL Lecturer Ieva Miļūna, and the series are organized by RGSL Bachelor programmes Director, Assistant professor Dr.Laura Ratniece.