In the first days of the new year, the second supplemented and revised edition of the book "Human Rights in the World and in Latvia" under Ineta Ziemele scientific editorship will reach readers.

The first edition of the book was published in 2000 and it was the first original book of such content in Latvia and in the Latvian language. Over the last twenty years, significant changes have taken place that have affected the legal space at both the international and national levels. Among other things, the regulation and understanding of human rights has changed significantly. As one of the authors, Alla Spale, Head of the Secretariat of the Judicial Council, says in a video interview, "human rights protection mechanisms have become more powerful and people's awareness of their use has also increased". In the book, she has worked on the section on human rights mechanisms in Latvia, and mentions the administrative procedure, as well as the constitutional complaint in the Constitutional Court proceedings as the most significant innovations of the past two decades.

The authors of the second edition are Anhelita Kamenska, Mārtiņš Mits, Alla Spale, Ineta Tāre and Ineta Ziemele. The book also contains sections prepared for its first edition by Egils Levits, Nils Muižnieks, Ieva Leimane-Veldmeijere and Sandra Garsvāne, with editorial improvements corresponding to the legal situation.

An extensive list of sources used to prepare the findings contained in the book will also serve as a practical tool for both students and practitioners of human rights.

The book is published by the Courthouse Agency.


Information prepared by

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

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