On May 17, Professor Takis Tridimas of the King’s College London visited the Supreme Court. Professor is a recognized academic authority in matters of European Union law.

Mr Tridimas arrived in Riga within the framework of the program of guest lecturers launched by the Latvian Institute of Law in 2014, giving a lecture ““The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the National Courts: Divided Loyalties?”. As well as Mr Tridimas visited the Supreme Court which has become already a tradition.

In the Supreme Court Takis Tridimas met with Ivars Bickovics, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Peteris Dzalbe, Chair of the Department of Criminal Cases, Aigars Strupiss, Chair of the Department of Civil Cases, and Anita Zikmane, Head of the Division of Case-law and Research. The promoter of the event Edijs Poga, sworn advocate and Director of the Latvian Law Institute, also took part in the discussion.

As the topic of the day was the application of European Union law, the conversation regarding it was continued in the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Ivars Bickovics paid particular attention to the issue under discussion, noting that "in the recent past, the EU law was something exotic, but now it has become a part of day-to-day work of courts". Anita Zikmane mentioned that Latvian courts are absolutely active in co-operation with the Court of Justice of the European Union, when referring questions for preliminary rulings. Takis Tridimas pointed out that it is a real pleasure to see that the Member States, especially younger Member States, have such a strong interest in the EU law and its application. The application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, the development of uniform case-law and other related issues were discussed in more detail.

Professor Tridimas also gained an insight into history of the Court by visiting its museum.


Information prepared by Iveta Jaudzema, International Cooperation Specialist of the Supreme Court
E-mail: iveta.jaudzema@at.gov.lv; telephone +371 67020396