On November 23, an annual conference on topical issues in the field of human rights in Latvia was held, organized by Riga Graduate School of Law in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Conference was opened by Deputy Rector of Riga Graduate School of Law Janis Ilkstens, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights Martins Mits, President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ivars Bickovics.

During the conference, the participants were introduced to topical issues to Latvia in the field of protection of human rights in the common European area, as well as to topicalities in the work of the European Court of Human Rights and the latest rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in court cases of Latvia were discussed.

Taking into account current developments in the world and in Latvia, the conference focused on data protection issues both in the European and in the national perspective. Veronika Krumina, the Chair of the Department of Administrative Cases of the Supreme Court, also participated in the discussion on data protection and the right to obtain information in a democratic country. Also, Kristine Lice, the Representative of Latvia to International Human Rights Organisations, Ineta Ziemele, the President of the Constitutional Court, and Agnese Bobovica, the Personal Data Protection Officer, took part in the conference.

These discussions have occupied a solid place in the range of academic and professional activities in Latvia. They are attended by a wide range of legal practitioners – judges of the Constitutional Court and of general jurisdiction courts and their assistants, prosecutors, lawyers, officials of ministries, Saeima deputies and representatives of the Legal Bureau, representatives of the Ombudsman and non-governmental organizations, as well as students.

 

 

Information prepared by
Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court
E-mail: rasma.zvejniece@at.gov.lv, telephone: +371 67020396, +371 2865221