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Conference "Human Rights in the Baltic Countries: Accomplishments and Challenges"

The two-day conference will be divided into two overall themes, each with two sessions. Day I will focus on Legal framework and processes, with sessions on The European Court of Human Rights and Domestic protection of human rights. Day II will focus on Actors and challenges, with sessions on Old and new human rights actors, and Current and future challenges.

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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2018: LEGAL FRAMEWORK AND PROCESSES
  • 9:00     Welcome

Mart Susi, Professor of Human Rights Law, School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University

  • 9:15     Keynote speech

Mikael Rask Madsen, Director of Centre for Excellence of International Courts, University of Copenhagen

  • 10.00   Session 1: Baltic countries and Europe (the Strasbourg view)

Overview and lessons of the Lithuanian cases in the Strasbourg Court

Egidijus Kuris, Judge, Euroepan Court of Human Rights 

Overview and lessons of the Latvian cases in the Strasbourg Court

Kristine Lice, Representative of Latvia before the European Court of Human Rights

Overview and lessons of the Estonian cases in the Strasbourg Court

Maris Kuurberg, Representative of Estonia before the European Court of Human Rights

Each presentation will conclude with a QA and discussion

  • Coffee break at around 11:30
  • 12.45   Lunch
  • 14.00   Session 2: Domestic protection of human rights

Remedies against human rights violations in Lithuania

Rimvydas Norkus, President of the Supreme Court of Lithuania 

Remedies against human rights violations in Estonia

Priit Pikamäe, Chairman of the Supreme Court of Estonia 

Remedies against human rights violations in Latvia

Arturs Kućs, Judge at the Constitutional Court of Latvia 

Each presentation will conclude with a QA and discussion

  • Coffee break at around 15:30
  • 16.45   Wrapping up

Tiina Pajuste, Associate Professor, School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2018: ACTORS AND CHALLENGES
  • 9:00     Welcome and summing up from yesterday

Hans-Otto Sano, Director of Research, Danish Institute for Human Rights

  • 9:15     Keynote speech

Sirpa Rautio, Director of the Finnish Human Rights Centre

            10.00   Session 3: Old and new human rights actors

Presentations on the role of e.g. government, business, civil society and media as human rights actors

  • Coffee break at around 11:30
  • 12.45   Lunch break
  • 14.00   Session 4: Current and future challenges

Presentations on current and future human rights, including e.g. human rights and new technologies; the impact of the migration crisis; minority rights; and sexual orientation and gender identity

  • Coffee break at around 15:30
  • 16:45   Closing remarks

Mart Susi, Professor of Human Rights Law, School of Governance, Law and Society, Tallinn University

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