Involvement of the Supreme Court in study project of the European Commission regarding security in Europe should be considered as challenge – Ivars Bickovics, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court said, opening the seminar of the working group of the project. It may be considered as challenge, observing the fact that the Supreme Court performs accept of operative activity measures implemented in a special way, and these measures are related to state security, inter alia, possible terrorism threats.   The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court expressed hope that activities performed within the project would materialize in tangible result – the book and publications, which would be useful to Latvian lawyers and judges.  

Since May, 2013, the Supreme Court has involved in the research project “Securing Europe through Counter-Terrorism: Impact, Legitimacy and Effectiveness” of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. Within project framework, on September 5, in Riga, in premises of the Supreme Court, seminar of working team of the project with participation of experts took place. 

Results of first two stages of the project were presented at the seminar. Ben Hayes (Statewatch, the United Kingdom) presented catalogue of counter-terrorism measures of the European Union. Reporters Mathias Vermeulen (Centre for Irish and European Security, Ireland), Erika Downing (Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland), Rozemarijn van der Hilst (Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway), Yulia Chistyakova (University of Durham, the United Kingdom) and project manager, professor dr. Fiona de Londras (University of Durham, the United Kingdom) read their reports on paradigms of impact, legitimacy and efficiency of counter-terrorism events in legal, sociological, assignment and democratic aspect.

Raimonds Rublovskis, researcher of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs took the floor with report on approach of state protection and security institutions towards leaders of terrorist networks in security environment of the 21st century. Varis Teivans, the representative of CERT.LV, initiated in IT security system in Latvia and its future challenges. Irish representatives were particularly interested in his presentation, as CERT branch has not been created in their country yet.  

Arturs Kucs, the professor at the University of Latvia, Ilze Tralmaka, the representative of the Ombudsman’s Office, Aldis Alliks, the advocate, and foreign guests – Cian Murphy, the lecturer at the King’s College London and researcher Aldo Zammit-Borda, as well as Dermot Ahern, former Minister for Foreign affairs and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform of Ireland also gave their contribution at the seminar, commenting reports and providing recommendations upon improvement of those.

At the end of the seminar, Sadhbh McCarthy (Centre for Irish and European Security, Ireland) presented project web site www.secile.euto all persons present.  

After the seminar, reports developed will be supplemented and improved in accordance with recommendations provided by participants, however, the Supreme Court in cooperation with the University of Durham will develop summary report. All reports will be published on project website within two months.  


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