On 27 November 2020 Riga Graduate School of Law hosted the annual conference devoted to the issues of human rights in Latvia, organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. The conference this year was focused on the judicial dialogue and will be broadcasted online from RGSL.
The speakers of the conference were Judge at the European Court of Justice, RGSL Professor Dr. Ineta Ziemele, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Associate Professor of RGSL Dr. Mārtiņš Mits, President of the Constitutional Court Dr. Sanita Osipova, Representative of Latvia before International Human Rights Organisations Kristīne Līce, RGSL Visiting Lecturer Arina Melse. Conference was opened by RGSL Rector Dr. Pietro Sullo and Dr. Mārtiņš Mits.
During the discussion, participants were introduced to the issues that are currently important for the common European defence of human rights, recent developments of the European Court of Human Rights as well as its latest rulings in the Latvian cases.
These discussions have a stable position in the range of academic and professional activities in Latvia. They are followed by representatives of various legal professions – judges of the Constitutional and general jurisdiction courts and their assistants, prosecutors, lawyers, ministry officials, members of the Latvian Parliament and representatives of its Legal Bureau, representatives of the Ombudsman’s Office and non-governmental organisations, students.
The discussion seeks to consolidate the academic and professional aspects of challenges in application of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Latvia, to raise awareness about current problems and their possible solutions. Therefore, the discussion is primarily aimed at those whose professional activities are related to the observance of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, but at the same time this conference is a useful source of information on current issues of protection of human rights in Latvia for everyone interested.
Annual Human Rights conferences organized by RGSL has started in 2006, following a suggestion by then Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, RGSL Professor Ineta Ziemele. Since 2006 this conference has become an integral part of Latvia’s civil and legal discussion framework.
The video recordings of the conference are available at the RGSL Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/rgsledu
Links to video:
Opening of the conference. Ieva Rācenāja, RGSL Director, Dr. Pietro Sullo, Rector of Riga Graduate School of Law, Dr. Mārtiņš Mits, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights
Current issues of the European Court of Human Rights. Dr. Mārtiņš Mits, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights.
Recent rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in Latvian cases. Dr. Arina Melse, Visiting lecturer at Riga Graduate School of Law
Latvia in Human Rights Mechanisms - UN, Council of Europe. Kristīne Līce, Latvia's representative in international human rights institutions.
Discussion, moderated by Dr. Arina Melse, visiting lecturer at Riga Graduate School of Law
Topicalities of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia. Dr. Sanita Osipova, President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia
Topicalities of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the field of fundamental rights. Dr. Ineta Ziemele, Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Professor of Riga Graduate School of Law
Closing discussion, moderated by Dr. Arina Melse, visiting lecturer at Riga Graduate School of Law
Opening of the “Baltic Yearbook of International Law” 20th anniversary book “International Law from a Baltic Perspective”