In order to gain insight into research work of international and Dutch institutions, that is to say, to learn how comparative law research is done and organized and to find out the information on foreign case-law, the employees of the Division of Case-law and Research of the Supreme Court in early December in framework of experience exchange visited the Supreme Court and the research institutions in the Hague and Amsterdam.

Anita Zikmane, the Head of the Division of Case-law and Research, scientific advisors Reinis Markvarts, Aleksandrs Potaicuks and Inga Bertaite and consultant on law application issues Zinaida Indruna visited Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Employees of the Division of Case-law and Research consider the gained knowledge to be valuable. Anita Zikmane, the Head of the Division, indicates that the obtained information on operation principles of the Supreme Court can be useful in discussion on development perspectives of the Supreme Court work organization. For example, innovation of Dutch colleagues to hold an annual conference should be considered. During the conference law scholars together with judges analyze the legal knowledge included in most significant rulings of the year.

Also, to improve the quality of research in the Supreme Court, information on the functioning and research work organization in the International Court of Justice will be useful.

Head of the Division indicates that, if necessary, there is a possibility to develop closer cooperation with each particular institution.

The visit was organized in framework of program “Organization and implementation of substantive and language learning, seminars, conferences, workshops and exchange of experience, including outside the European Union” of European Social Fund project "Justice for development".


Information prepared by

Rasma Zvejniece, the Head of the Division of Communication of the Supreme Court

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