Keynote Speakers

The conference will bring together representatives from the University of Latvia's partner institutions around the world. Keynote Speakers have agreed to address the conference participants during the Plenary Session.

Koen Lenaerts was born in 1954. 

Lic. iuris, Ph.D. in Law (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven); Master of Laws, Master in Public Administration (Harvard University); Lecturer (1979-1983), subsequently Professor of European Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (since 1983); Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice (1984-1985); Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges (1984-1989); member of the Brussels Bar (1986-1989); Visiting Professor at the Harvard Law School (1989); Judge at the Court of First Instance of the European Communities (1989-2003); Judge at the Court of Justice since 2003; Vice-President of the Court of Justice (2012-2015); President of the Court of Justice of the European Union since 2015.

Egils Levits was born in 1955.

Graduated in law and in political science from the University of Hamburg; Research Assistant at the Faculty of Law, University of Kiel; Adviser to the Latvian Parliament on questions of international law, constitutional law and legislative reform; Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to Germany and Switzerland (1992-93), Austria, Switzerland and Hungary (1994-95); Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Justice, acting Minister for Foreign Affairs (1993-94); Conciliator at the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE (from 1997); member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (from 2001); elected as Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in 1995, re-elected in 1998 and 2001; numerous publications in the spheres of constitutional and administrative law, law policy, law reform and European Union law; Judge at the Court of Justice since 11 May 2004.

Ignacio Tirado was born in 1973. 

Bachelor in Law from Complutense University of Madrid in 1996, Master in Commercial and Corporate Law (LL.M.) from University of London in 1999, Doctor of Law (Ph.D) in Commercial Law from Autonomous University of Madrid in 2002, Doctor of Law (Ph.D) in Civil Procedure from University of Bologna in 2003. 

Professor of Commercial, Corporate and Insolvency Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid since 2006. Senior Legal Consultant at the World Bank since 2010. Legal Consultant at the International Monetary Fund (2013-2017). Appointed in the position of Secretary-General of UNIDROIT in 2018.

 

Ineta Ziemele was born in  1970.

Ineta Ziemele is a doctor of law (University of Cambridge) and a Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law. She has gained notable international experience at European organisations, inter alia, by serving as a Judge at the European Court of Human Rights. She was the President of a ECHR Chamber and chaired the Committee on the Status of Judges. She has been a Justice of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia since 2015. In 2017 she was elected President of the Constitutional Court.

I.Ziemele has acted as an expert in numerous international projects. Her professional and research achievements are linked to the fields of international law, constitutional law, and human rights.

Kalvis Torgāns was born in 1939. Completed higher legal education at the Latvia State University in 1962. Doctor of Law form Moscow State University in 1985, Habilitated Doctor of Law from University of Latvia in 1992.

Assistant at Latvia State University from 1962, later - Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor Associate Professor. Elected Professor of Civil Law in 1985. Dean of the Faculty of Law (1976-1979), Head of the Department of Civil Law (1991-2005).

Senator at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia (2008-2014), Honorary Judge since 2015.

Corresponging Memeber of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (1992-1997), Full Member since 1997.

Dzimusi 1975. gadā; ieguvusi jurista diplomu Latvijas Universitātē (1996) un maģistra grādu Eiropas Starpuniversitāšu cilvēktiesību un demokratizācijas centrā (EUIC) (Itālija, 1998); juriste Latvijas Valsts cilvēktiesību birojā (1995–1999); padomniece Eiropas Drošības un sadarbības organizācijā (EDSO) (misija Kosovā (1999–2002) un misija Melnkalnē (2002–2003)); juriste Ārlietu ministrijā un valdības pārstāve starptautiskajās cilvēktiesību institūcijās (2003–2012); nodaļas vadītāja (2012–2015) un juridiskā padomniece (2012–2016) Latvijas Pastāvīgajā pārstāvniecībā Eiropas Savienībā; Eiropas Padomes Cilvēktiesību koordinācijas komitejas (CDDH) locekle (2003–2012); kopš 2016. gada 8. jūnija – Vispārējās tiesas tiesnese.