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List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Lithuania

Communication | Doc. 13213 | 28 May 2013

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Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly

1 List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Lithuania

Letter from Mr Gediminas Šerkšnys, Ambassador of Lithuania to the Council of Europe, to Mr Wojciech Sawicki, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly, dated 15 April 2013

In response to your letter dated 13 September 2012 regarding the election of a judge at the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Lithuania, we are hereby transmitting a copy of a decree of the President of the Republic of Lithuania “On the Candidates of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Court of Human Rights” (with the translation) and the curricula vitae of the candidates, namely:

– Ms Lyra Jakulevičienė

– Mr Egidijus Kūris

– Mr Ignas Vėgėlė.

Their names and curricula vitae were transmitted to the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights on 28 March 2013. The opinion of the Advisory Panel is pending.

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[Non-official translation]

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

Decree on the candidates of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Court of Human Rights

27 March 2013, No. 1K – 1406

Vilnius

Article 1

Pursuant to Article 77 of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, partially amended by the Protocol No. 11 and No. 14 (Žin. (Official Gazette), 2011, No. 156-7390), and taking into consideration the proposal submitted by Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius,

I hereby submit the list of the candidates of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Court of Human Rights judges:

– Mr Egidijus Kūris,

– Ms Lyra Jakulevičienė,

– Mr Ignas Vėgėlė.

Article 2

The decree enters into force on the date of signature.

President of Republic (Seal)

Dalia Grybauskaité

Appendix 1 – Lyra JAKULEVIČIENĖ

CURRICULUM VITAENote

I. Personal details

Name, forename: Jakulevičienė, Lyra

Sex: Female

Date and place of birth: 6 November 1974, Vilnius, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuanian

II. Education and academic and other qualifications

2008

Completed habilitation process for professorship

1997-2001

PHD, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University. Doctor of social science (law), degree awarded in2002 (thesis on EU asylum acquis and the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees)

1992-1997

Faculty of Law, Vilnius University. Diploma (Law)

1991-1993

School of Language and Commerce, Vilnius, Lithuania. Diploma

1981-1990

Secondary school, Vilnius, Lithuania

Various courses and internships on human rights and refugee protection in Åbo Academy: Advanced Human Rights’ Course (Turku, Finland), International Humanitarian Law Institute (San Remo, Italy), International Comparative Law Institute (Strasbourg, France), UNHCR Protection Learning Programme and others. Courses on leadership and negotiation skills, organisational ethics and others.

III. Relevant professional activities

a. Description of judicial activities: N/A

b. Description of non-judicial legal activities

1) Academic activities (teaching subjects of law, directly related to human rights):

09/2009- present

Professor of international and European law, International and EU Law Institute, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania (teaching International Refugee Law and International Treaty Law)

01/2004-09/2009

Associate Professor, International Law Department, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania

09/2004-2001

Lecturer, International and European Law Department, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University, Lithuania

06/2003-09/2001

Lecturer, International Law and European Law Department, Law University of Lithuania

Additional academic activities: lecturer of EU Asylum and Immigration Certificate (Brussels Free University/Odysseus Network, 2007, 2009); lecturer of International Refugee Law Summer School (Brussels Free University/Odysseus Network, 2008, 2012).

2) Consultancy activities (legal, directly related to human rights)

2011

National expert in European Research Project “Fleeing homophobia, seeking safety in Europe. Best practices on the (legal) position of LGBT asylum seekers in the EU Member States” (the Netherlands)

2005-present

National Reporter for Lithuania at the Observatory on Free Movement of Workers in Europe (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)

2009

European Parliament study on proposals for the second stage of harmonisation of asylum legislation in the European Union (lead expert responsible for preparing proposals to amend the 2004 EU Qualification Directive)

2007-2010

Expert in building-up of EAC (European Asylum Curriculum), an e-learning system in human rights, refugee and asylum law for European immigration authorities (GDISC), and delivering training for trainers in 2009 in Sweden, now part of EASO portfolio

2006-2007

National lead expert in European Commission/Odysseus network study on transposition of 10 asylum and immigration directives in the European Union (Belgium)

1999-2000

National expert, Phare SEIL project (assessment of situation in the areas of justice and home affairs in Lithuania and proposing measures to align national legislation and practice to EU acquis)

3) Other legal work experience:

July 1997-2001: Legal Advisor for UNHCR (Lithuania)

Counseling asylum seekers and refugees. Initiated and developed free legal aid system for asylum seekers and refugees (operational, funding, staffing) in Lithuania;

  • Contributed with legal proposals to the development of first national legislation on refugees;
  • Contributed with written and oral opinions during the appeals’ process, provided support to lawyers in strategic litigation cases;
  • Provided legal advice to asylum seekers and refugees, including in reception and detention centres;
  • Ensured the development of training modules and delivered trainings to border guards, migration and asylum officials, as well as judges on international human rights principles and protection of vulnerable individuals. Focal point for separated children for the Baltic states, contributed to development of European Separated Children Programme (TOT).

1997: Privatisation specialist, Ministry of European Affairs (Lithuania)

Drafting of legal contracts related to strategic state objects’ privatisation, drafting of privatisation legislation, participation in privatisation working groups and negotiations.

c. Description of non-legal professional activities

Present, since 01/2006: Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lithuania

Legal related responsibilities: Development of legal frameworks and solutions for the new business model of the UNDP engagement post-country programme period; drafting and negotiation of legal clauses in agreements with national EU funding agencies and line ministries; review and commenting of legal agreements to be signed by the UNDP at country level; hearings of procurement appeals related to legal compliance; UNDP legal status issues, privileges and immunities, SBAA related clauses, status of SBAA in national legal system, legal contracts with service providers, special protective clauses for UNDP. Developed legal instruments for operation of the National system of international internships (agreements with international partners, internship agreements, funding agreements, etc.).

Other responsibilities: leading UNDP office in programming, partnership negotiation, operational activities, resource mobilisation and human resource management; liaison between the UNDP/UN and the Government of Lithuania, donors and other external partners of UNDP; facilitating UN Global Compact National Network in Lithuania; promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and business engagement in human rights, labour rights, environment protection, transparency and good governance. Coordination of UN activities in the country. Regional leader for CSR project of eight Central and Eastern European countries, responsibility for CSR policy development in the region.

04/2004-12/2005: Advisor to UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Lithuania

Legal related functions: Advocated and negotiated for legal access of UNDP to national funding mechanisms (focusing on EU Structural Funds, Norway/European Economic Area, private sector and other funding sources).

Other responsibilities: Leading the office in resource mobilization, donor outreach, private sector engagement, support to Lithuania’s progress as an emerging donor and strengthening its’ role in development co-operation; advising on national/EU/global development trends and its strategic relevance for policy advice, programme development and resource mobilization; designing and implementing resource mobilization/communication strategies and partnership building; launching the UN Global Compact/CSR Initiatives; supporting the UN Resident Coordinators’ system; representation functions in the absence of the RC.

05/2003-01/2004: Head of Cross Border Co-operation Process (CBCP) Secretariat, Ukraine

Responsibility: In charge of establishment and management (substantial and financial) of the Secretariat under the EC Project, coordination of the CBCP activities on behalf of partner organizations (IOM, EC, UNHCR and SMB) and partner countries (Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania). Strategy development for the CBCP process; managing inter-governmental events and discussions; advising partners on EU related developments (e.g. enlargement, new neighbourhood, funding opportunities, legislation on migration, asylum and border management, all through perspective of human rights); analysis of situation in partner countries and preparation of recommendations for legislative/administrative solutions for migration/asylum/border management; liaising with EC in Kyiv and Brussels (EuropeAid Office, DG Relex).

03/2001-05/2003: UNHCR: Liaison Officer, Lithuania

Legal related functions:

  • Provided policy and legal advice to the Government on improvement of national refugee protection system (commenting on legislation, policy documents, reception conditions and others);
  • Initiated strategic initiatives contributing to improvement of protection situation of asylum seekers and refugees in Lithuania (Border Monitoring Initiative, Training of Judges initiative and others).

Other responsibilities: Substantial and financial management of UNHCR programme in Lithuania (areas include: humanitarian and legal assistance, border monitoring, social integration, public education); representation of organisation in relations with the Government and civil society; policy advise to the Government; participation in legislative process to enhance the protection of the rights of refugees; donor outreach, identification/facilitation of project initiatives; implementation of training activities; leading on-site visits and counselling at detention/reception centres; focal point for separated children for the Baltic states.

IV. Activities and experience in the field of human rights

  • Over 11 years of teaching and research experience on legal aspects of human rights, refugee protection and migration.
  • Over 8 years experience at UNDP Lithuania working towards enhancement of protection of social and economic rights of Lithuanian residents, addressing discrimination and intolerance of most vulnerable individuals (homeless, Roma, long-term unemployed, etc.); engaging business community in addressing labour rights and human rights more broadly in business operations in Lithuania and elsewhere.
  • 6 years experience at UNHCR Lithuania, Sweden and Turkey working towards establishment of refugee protection system in Lithuania, improvement of protection situation and enhancement of rights of asylum seekers, refugees and illegal migrants, training border guards, migration and asylum officials, as well as judges on international human rights principles and protection of vulnerable individuals; established free legal aid system for asylum seekers and refugees in Lithuania.
  • Chief Editor for Russian version of Refugee Law Reader (initiative of Hungarian Helsinki Committee) 2007-2011.
  • Initiator of free legal aid system in Lithuania (concept development and institutional setup) under Open Society Fund/COLPI initiative in 1999.
  • Volunteer of Lithuanian Association of Human Rights (initiated Association’s membership in FIDH).

V. Public activities

a. Public office: N/A

b. Elected posts:

Chair of the Board, “White Wave” Initiative (promoting fair pay and anti-corruption), Lithuania (2007-2008)

Member of the Board, “White Wave” Initiative, Lithuania (since 2009)

c. Posts held in a political party or movement: None

VI. Other activities

a. Field

Protection of rights of migrants and refugees

b. Duration

Since 2005

c. Functions

Member of the Odysseus Legal Network representing Lithuania (Academic and Practitioners in Europe, managed from Brussels, Belgium).

VII. Publications and other works

Author of the first in Lithuania comprehensive book on asylum policy and practice “Refugee Law” (2005, 503 pages, awarded by the National Academy of Science in 2006), first book in Lithuania “International Treaty Law” (2011, 416 pages) and over 30 articles on human rights and asylum in scientific publications in Lithuania and abroad. Titles of 10 most important are presented below:

1.“Impact of Human Rights on Asylum and Immigration: Newest European Tendencies”//‘‘Societal Innovations for Global Growth”, 2012, No. 1(1) (online);

2. “Procedural problems in LGBT asylum cases“//article, Jurisprudencija, 19(1), 2012, pp. 195–207;

3. “Lessons of first decisions of the European Court of Justice in asylum cases” // article, Jurisprudencija, 2012, 19(2), pp. 477–505;

4. “Need for extension of subsidiary protection under the European Union Qualification Directive?“// Jurisprudencija, Vol. 2(120), 2010, pp. 215-232;

5. “Setting up a Common European Asylum System”// Study, European Parliament, Brussels, 2010, pp. 174-206;

6. “Family Reunification Directive: Concerns of Transposition to Lithuanian Legislation and Implementation”, article in scientific journal “Jurisprudencija”, Vilnius, Lithuania, No. 2(2), 2009, pp. 175–191;

7. “Insights into transposition and implementation problems of the EU Asylum directives in Lithuania“, AWR-Bulletin No. 3/2007, Germany;

8. Implementation of the EU Qualification Directive in the Republic of Lithuania”, article in a book “The Qualification Directive: Central Themes, Problem Issues and Implementation in Selected Member States” by Karin Zwaan (ed.), pp. 127-137, Wolf Legal Publishers, Nijmegen, the Netherlands;

9. “Detention of Asylum Seekers in International Law and State Practice”, article in scientific journal “Jurisprudencija”, Vol. 32(24), pp. 15-32, Vilnius, Lithuania;

10. Contribution in the book “New Asylum Countries in Europe: Migration Control and Refugee Protection in an Enlarged Union”, ed. R. Byrne, G. Noll and J. Vedsted-Hansen, Kluwer Law International, 2002.

VIII. Languages

Language

Reading

Writing

Speaking

very good

good

fair

very good

good

fair

very good

good

fair

a. First language:

                 

Lithuanian

x

   

x

   

x

   

b. Official languages:

                 

– English

x

   

x

   

x

   

– French

 

x

     

x

   

x

c. Other languages:

                 

Russian

x

     

x

 

x

   

Tamil

 

x

     

x

 

x

 

Spanish

   

x

   

x

   

x

IX. In the event that you do not meet the level of language proficiency required for the post of judge in an official language [the second], please confirm your intention to follow intensive language classes of the language concerned prior to, and if need be also at the beginning of, your term of duty if elected a judge on the Court.

I confirm my intention to follow intensive language classes (French) prior to, and if need be also at the beginning of, my term of duty if elected a judge on the Court.

X. Other relevant information

  • Over 12 years professional experience in international and multicultural environments
  • Over 15 years experience in positions directly or indirectly related to human rights
  • Vast experience in training officials, border guards, NGOs and judges on human rights issues across Europe, as well as teaching students various human rights subjects
  • Delivered dozens of presentations on human rights in conferences, seminars, TV and radio
  • Initiator of “White Wave” Initiative (Lithuania). Initiative established the first social label in Lithuania, which promotes the labour rights of employees (fair pay) and anti-corruption
  • Judge of Asylum Law Moot Court Competition, Constitutional Court (Slovenia, 2004)

XI. Please confirm that you will take up permanent residence in Strasbourg if elected a judge on the Court.

I confirm my intention to take up permanent residence in Strasbourg if elected.

Appendix 2 – Egidijus KŪRIS

CURRICULUM VITAENote

I. Personal details

Name, forename: Kūris, Egidijus

Sex: Male

Date and place of birth: 26 October 1961, Vilnius, Lithuania

Nationality: Republic of Lithuania

II. Education and academic and other qualifications

  • Habilitation: Vilnius University, 2008
  • Ph.D. (Law): Moscow State University, 1988 (recognised in Lithuania in 1993)
  • Law degree (equivalent of M.A. in law): Vilnius University, 1984
  • Secondary education: Vilnius Salomėja Nėris Secondary School, 1979

III. Relevant professional activities

a. Description of judicial activities

– Justice (1999–2008), President (2002–2008), Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania

b. Description of non-judicial legal activities

Employment (full or part-time):

  • Professor and Head, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University, 2009-Present
  • Professor and Head, Department of Theory and History of Law, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University, 2008–2009
  • Assistant to the President, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania, 1993-1997
  • Consultant in International Law, Government of the Republic of Lithuania, 1993
  • Advisor, State Re-Establishment Committee, Supreme Council (Parliament), Republic of Lithuania, 1990–1991
  • Assistant lecturer (1984–1985, 1988–1991), Post-graduate student (1985–1988), Senior lecturer (1991–1992), Associate professor (1992–1994), Department of Theory and History of State and Law, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University, 1984–1994

Other non-judicial legal activities:

  • Member, Permanent Commission for the Assessment of Activities of Judges (under the Judicial Council; appointed by the President of the Republic), 2012–Present
  • Associate Member, International Academy of Comparative Law, 2012–Present
  • Member, Presidential Working Group on Presenting Conclusions concerning Legislation on the Citizenship of the Republic of Lithuania, 2008–2009
  • Instructor, Judges’ Training Centre (under National Administration of Judiciary), 2008–Present
  • President (as the President of the presiding Constitutional Court), Conference of the European Constitutional Courts, 2005–2008
  • Member, Presidential Commission on Law-Making, 2000–2004
  • Co-Founder, Lithuanian Human Rights Centre, 1994 (together with about 70 other co-founders)
  • Member, legal professionals’ group for drafting the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, 1992
  • Assistant to Professor Harold J. Berman, School of Law, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 1991
  • Member, legal experts' group for negotiations between Lithuania and the USSR/Russia, 1990-1992
  • Member, Lithuanian Lawyers' Society, 1989-Present
  • Member, working groups for drafting Lithuanian foreign investment, anti-trust, customs a. o. legislation, 1988-1991

c. Description of non-legal professional activities

State institutions:

  • Member, Advisory Board, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, 2013-present
  • Expert, State Science and Studies Fund, 1998

Academia:

  • Member, Pedagogic Titles Rendering Commission, Vilnius University, 2012-present
  • Member, Admission Commission, Vilnius University, 2010-Present
  • Chairman, Academic Ethics Commission, Vilnius University, 2008-Present
  • President of the Council, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, 2005-2009
  • Professor, Department of Political Theory, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, 2002-Present
  • Member of the Council, Vilnius University, 1992-1999
  • Member of the Senate, Vilnius University, 1992-1999, 2010-Present
  • Associate Professor and Director (1992–1999), Associate Professor (1999–2002), Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, 1992-2002

Scientific journals and media:

  • Columnist on legal issues, web portal www.delfi.lt, 2013-Present
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Studia prawnicze (Legal Studies) journal (Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Poland), 2012-Present
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Parlamento studijos (Parliamentary Studies) journal, 2009-Present
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Socialinių mokslų studijos (Social Science Studies), journal of scholarly papers, 2009-Present
  • Member of the Scientific Editorial Council, Universal Lithuanian Encyclopaedia, 1999-Present
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Politologija (Political Science), journal of scholarly papers, 1994-2007, 2009-Present
  • Columnist on legal issues, Veidas weekly, 1997, 2008-2009
  • Reviewer, East European Constitutional Review monthly journal (University of Chicago, USA), 1992-1994

IV. Activities and experience in the field of human rights

  • Teaching relevant university courses, doing relevant research, supervising doctoral theses (including those related to ECHR jurisprudence), instructing judges, participating in relevant scholarly and professional fora, delivering relevant public lectures – on a permanent basis
  • Justice (1999–2008), President (2002–2008), Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Co-founder, Lithuanian Human Rights Centre, 1994 (together with about 70 other co-founders)
  • Member, legal professionals’ group to draft the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania, 1992 [draft chapters II and III pertaining directly to human rights]

V. Public activities

a. Public office

Judicial positions and civil service:

– See III.a, b and c.

NGOs:

  • Expert, Book Publishing Program, Open Society Fund-Lithuania, 1999-2003
  • Member of the Council, Public Administration Program, Open Society Fund–Lithuania, 1999-2003
  • Co-founder, President Algirdas Brazauskas Foundation, 1998–2008 (together with other 16 co-founders)
  • Co-founder, Lithuanian Human Rights Centre, 1994 (together with about 70 other co-founders)
  • Member of the Co-ordination Council, Law Program, Open Society Fund–Lithuania, 1994-1998
  • Member of the Board, Higher Education Support Program, Open Society Fund–Lithuania, 1993-1995

b. Elected posts

– President (1995-1998), Member of the Board (1995-2001), Lithuanian Political Science Association

c. Posts held in a political party or movement: None

VI. Other activities (field/institution, duration, functions)

  • Member, Editorial team, Redakcija Broadcast on Lithuanian National TV, 2008–2009 – interviewer and analyst

VII. Publications and other works

Articles and reports/presentations:

  • Over 80 scholarly articles and reports/presentations on legal theory, constitutional law human rights law and related subjects (published in Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkey, USA; in Lithuanian, Russian, English, French, Polish, Azeri, Romanian, Latvian, and Turkish)

Among them – publications directly addressing issues of human rights, including:

  • “Transformation of Social Relations and Institutions: From Totalitarianism to Democratic and Pluralist Society”, in Lithuanian Human Development Report 1996. Vilnius: United Nations Development Programme & Social Policy Unit, 1997
  • “The Constitutional Court of Lithuania and the Death Penalty”, in Revue de justice constitutionelle est-européenne, 2003, numéro spécial
  • “Limits of the Realization of the Human Rights in the Jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania”, in G. Harutyunyan (ed.). Constitutional Justice in the New Millenium: Almanac. Yerevan: Constitutional Law Centre, 2003
  • “The Impact of the Decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on the National Legal System Viewed from the Standpoint of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania”, in Dialogue between Judges. Strasbourg: European Court of Human Rights, 2006; “L’incidence des decisions de la Cour européenne des Droits de l’Homme sur la système juridique interne du point de vue de la Cour constitutionelle de la République de Lituanie”, in Dialogue entre juges. Strasbourg: Cour européenne des Droits de l’Homme, 2006
  • “Constitutional Law in a Constitutional Democracy – A View from the Constitutional Court of Lithuania”, in S. Breitenmoser, B. Ehrenzeller, M. Sassòli, W. Stoffel, B. Wagner Pfeiffer (eds.) Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law / Menschenrechte, Demokratie und Rechtsstaat / Droits de l’homme, démocratie et État de droit. Liber amicorum Luzius Wildhaber. Zürich: Dike & Nomos, 2007
  • “On the Universalization of Constitutional Values (With Special Reference to the Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Central and East European Countries and the ECHR Case-Law)” / “Anayasal Değerlerin Evrenselleşmesi Üzerina (Orta ve Doğu Avrupa Ülkelerinin Anayasal İçtihatları ve AİHM Kararları Bağlamında)”, in Anayasa yargısı 24. Ankara: Anayasa Mahkemesi, 2009
  • “Report on Lithuania”, in EUDO Citizenship Observatory. Badia Fiesolana, San Domenico di Fiesole: European University Institute, Florence, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Collaboration with Edinburgh University Law School, 2009, http://eudo-citizenship.eu
  • “The Legal Philosophy of the Lithuanian Constitutional Court: Issues of Human Rights and Their Limits”, in P. Martens, M. Bossuyt, C. Courtoy, M.F. Rigaux, B. Renauld (com. org.), Liège, Strasbourg, Bruxelles: Parcours de droits de l’homme. Liber amicorum Michel Melchior. Limal: Anthemis 2010

Books (most important)

  • “Twenty Years of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania: Experience and Challenges”, Vilnius: Notarų rūmai, 2012 (co-compiler and scholarly editor, co-author; in Lithuanian)
  • “Lithuanian Legal Institutions”, Vilnius: Registrų centras, 2011 (compiler and scholarly editor, co-author; in Lithuanian)
  • “On the Stability of the Constitution, Sources of the Constitutional Law, and the Ostensible Omnipotence of the Constitutional Courts”, Yerevan: Constitutional Law Centre, 2004 (in Russian)
  • “Constitutional Justice in Lithuania”, Vilnius: Constitutional Court, 2003 (co-author; in English)
  • “Lithuanian Constitutional Law”, Vilnius: Lithuanian Law University, 2001 (1st edn) & 2002 (2nd edn) (co-author; in Lithuanian)
  • “Lithuanian Political Parties and Party System” (two volumes), Vilnius: Naujasis lankas, 1998 (co-editor; in Lithuanian)

Translations (from English into Lithuanian)

  • J.-E. Lane, Constitutions and Political Theory (1996), Kaunas: Naujasis lankas, 2003
  • H. Kelsen, The Pure Theory of Law (1989 edn), Vilnius: Eugrimas, 2002 (co-translator)
  • G. Sartori, Comparative Constitutional Engineering: An Inquiry into Structures, Incentives and Outcomes (1997 edn), Kaunas: Poligrafija ir informatika, 2001
  • H. L. A. Hart, The Concept of Law (1994 edn), Vilnius: Pradai, 1997
  • M. A. Glendon, M. W. Gordon, Ch. Osakwe, Comparative Legal Traditions (1982), Vilnius: Pradai, 1993 (co-translator)

VIII. Languages

Language

Reading

Writing

Speaking

very good

good

fair

very good

good

fair

very good

good

fair

a. First language

                 

Lithuanian

+

   

+

   

+

   

b. Official languages:

                 

– English

+

   

+

   

+

   

– French

passive knowledge

c. Other languages:

                 

– Russian

+

   

+

   

+

   

– Latvian

passive knowledge

– Polish

passive knowledge

IX. In the event that you do not meet the level of language proficiency required for the post of judge in an official language [the second], please confirm your intention to follow intensive language classes of the language concerned prior to, and if need be also at the beginning of, your term of duty if elected a judge on the Court.

I confirm.

X. Other relevant information

State awards

  • Krzyż Komandorski Orderu Zasługi Rzeczypospolitej Polskej (Poland), 2008
  • Ordinul Naţional “Serviciul Credencios” în gradul de Mare Cruce (Romania), 2007
  • Das grosse Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Germany), 2006
  • A Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend Középkeresztje a Csillagal (Hungary), 2006
  • Grande croix de l’ordre de Leopold II (Belgium), 2006
  • Great Cross of the Commander of the Order of Gediminas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, 2003

Other awards

  • George IV degree medal “Honour. Glory. Labour” of the International Academy of Rating Technologies and Sociology (Ukraine), 2012
  • “Pro Merito” medal of the European Commission “Democracy through Law” (Venice Commission), Council of Europe, 2007
  • Medal of the Constitutional Tribunal of Chile, 2006
  • Gold Medal of the Yerevan University (Armenia), 2005
  • Medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania to Mark Lithuania’s Membership in EU and NATO, 2004
  • Memento of the President of the Republic of Lithuania for Personal Contribution to Enhancing Transatlantic Relations and on the Occasion of Invitation of the Republic of Lithuania to NATO, 2002

Other assessments

  • Lecturer of the Year, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University, 2009
  • Mykolas Romeris Award, Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, 2008
  • Professor Optimus, Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University, 2004
  • Personality of Our Time 2003–2004, “Who Is Who in Lithuania?”, 2004
  • Diploma of the Lithuanian Political Science Association for the Best 1998 Political Science Publication, 1999

Scholarships and internships

  • Foreign Office, London, UK, 2004 (British Courts)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Oslo University, Norway, 1999 (Constitutionalism)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences, Oslo University, Norway. 1998 (Constitutionalism)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris, France, 1997 (French Institutions)
  • Center For Studies in International and Strategic Relations, Free University of Brussels, Belgium, 1994 (International Politics)
  • USAID, Washington, DC, USA, 1994 (American Politics)
  • Partners for International Education and Training, Washington, DC, USA (in association with Mississippi Consortium for International Development, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, & Council of World Affairs, Cleveland, Ohio, USA), 1993 (American Constitutional Law)
  • Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden, 1993 (Security Studies)
  • Faculty of Law, Groningen University, The Netherlands, 1993 (Sociology of Law)
  • Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government (in association with London School of Economics and Politics), London, UK, 1993 (British Studies)
  • School of Law, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 1991-1992 (Law)
  • American Bar Association, Washington, DC, USA, 1991 (American Law)
  • School of Law, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; USA, 1991 (International Law)
  • International Summer School, Oslo University, Norway, 1990 (Political Science and International Relations)

Participation in scholarly and professional fora

  • Reports and/or presentations at conferences, seminars, symposia and/or trainings in: Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Korea (South), Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, The Philippines, USA, since 1985

XI. Please confirm that you will take up permanent residence in Strasbourg if elected a judge on the Court.

I confirm.

Appendix 3 – Ignas VĖGĖLĖ

CURRICULUM VITAENote

I. Personal details

Name, forename: Vėgėlė, Ignas

Sex: male

Date and place of birth: 22 July 1975, Vilnius, Lithuania

Nationality: Lithuanian

II. Education and academic and other qualifications

Institution

[Date]

Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained

Mykolas Romeris university, Lithuania

15 May 2007

Habilitation procedure undergone

Mykolas Romeris university, Lithuania

2006

The name of associate professor (Lith. - docentas)

granted

Law University of Lithuania

2002 May

PhD – Doctor juris

Wolfson College, Oxford University, United

Kingdom, 2001-2002

One year research program

Vilnius University, Lithuania

September 1993 – June 1998

Lawyer

III. Relevant professional activities

a. Description of judicial activities: None

b. Description of non-judicial legal activities

1. Private lawyer and Advocate

Ignas Vėgėlė has started as an assistant to advocate in Business Law group “Foresta” in 1996. In 1999 he started to work with the audit company “KPMG Lietuva” as a legal councillor. In 2003 Ignas Vėgėlė became the member to the Lithuanian Bar and started to practise as an advocate. Currently Ignas Vėgėlė is an advocate and elder of Advocate Firm “Vėgėlė, Gabartas, Šidlauskas LawHouse”. His activities include representation of natural and legal persons at courts and administrative institutions, protection of human rights and consumers while consulting national non-governmental organisations, managing the groups of legal audits and mergers and acquisitions.

2. Professor at Mykolas Romeris University, Faculty of Law, International and EU Law Institute

As of 2003 Ignas Vėgėlė got the position of associate professor and later, in 2009 he got the position of professor. Currently he is professor at International and EU law Institute, Faculty of Law, Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius, Lithuania. The character of work includes lecturing, supervising doctorate students, as well as students writing master thesis, performing various scientific research projects, organization and chairing of seminars and conferences, etc.

Ignas Vėgėlė also takes participation in radio broadcasts, scientific internships, publishes in daily news, gives lectures to the judges and advocates of the Republic of Lithuania.

3. Vice-Chairman of the Commission of the qualifying exam for advocates

In 2008 Ignas Vėgėlė was appointed as the member of the Commission and since 2011 he is its Vice- Chairman. His responsibilities include preparation the questions for the exams in the sphere of International and EU law, evaluating the knowledge of the candidates, managing part of the activities of the Commission.

4. Member of Lithuanian Helsinki Group

In 1995 Ignas Vėgėlė became the member of Lithuanian Helsinki Group. His activities include monitoring of violations of human rights, drafting petitions, appeals, public statements and other documents, raising awareness.

c. Description of non-legal professional activities: None

IV. Activities and experience in the field of human rights

As soon as I started law studies, I became a member of the Lithuanian Helsinki Group that was led by prominent dissident (Mr Viktoras Petkus). The Lithuanian Helsinki Group monitors human rights violations, makes public statements and surveys on the situation of human rights and freedoms. The Lithuanian Helsinki Group has helped me to establish contacts across Europe with other Helsinki Group members, prominent human rights activists and organisations, to participate in conferences and seminars devoted to human rights. From my side, I started drafting the Lithuanian Helsinki Group’s public statements and surveys, helped to monitor human rights violations in Lithuania.

After graduating I started to work professionally in the field of human rights by teaching at International and European Union Law Department, Mykolas Romeris University. In addition, I started to work as a lawyer and since 2003 as an advocate. Professor's work at the University and advocate’s practice supplemented each other: theoretical knowledge of the law of the European Union, the documents of the Council of Europe allowed to detect violations of human rights and freedoms and to protect properly the rights and legitimate interests of individuals. Obviously, protection of human rights and freedoms and related court cases is a very important part of my legal practice as advocate.

My special scholar interest lies with the relationship between the EU law and the Convention. I devote part of my legal research to comparably novel question of the level of protection of human rights (and the application of the Convention) in competition cases as well as to the question of the EU future membership to the Convention.

V. Public activities

a. Public office: None

b. Elected posts

Chairman of the Law Committee of Rectors' Conference of Universities in Lithuania (Conventus Rectorum Universitatum Lituaniae)

Since 2006 Ignas Vėgėlė has been elected as Chairman of the Law Committee of the Conference. His activities include provision of legal assistance to the Conference, managing the Law Committee meetings and activities, representation of the Law Committee at the Conference, participation and representation of the Conference at the state institutions, drafting legal opinions and other documents of the Conference.

c. Posts held in a political party or movement

In 1996 Ignas Vėgėlė was elected as the Board member of political party “Christian Democratic Union”. After two political parties united, he became Vice Chairman of the Board of the joined party “Lithuanian Christian Democrats”, later he was elected as Chairman of the Board of the said party and held this post till 2006.

Currently Ignas Vėgėlė does not hold any post in any political party.

VI. Other activities: None

Ignas Vėgėlė has published a number of monographs, study books and scientific articles as well as other articles for wider public in newspapers and other media. The most important and recent books (study books and monographs) among them are:

Date

2011

Title

ES teisė. Vidaus rinkos laisvės, konkurencija ir teisės derinimas.

European Union Law. The Freedoms of the Internal Market, Competition and

Harmonization of Law (translation from Lithuanian)

Publisher

Vilnius: Registrų centras – 512 p. ISBN 978-9955-30-090-8. Author.

Date

2008

Title

Teisė besikeičiančioje Europoje = Law in the changing Europe = Le droit dans une

Europe en changement

Publisher

Mykolo Romerio universitetas. UDK: 341.176.2(4). Co-author

Date

2007

Title

Europos Sąjungos teisė: steigimo sutartys ir svarbiausi vidaus rinkos teisės aktai

European Union Law. Treaties of Establishment and the Most Important Legal Acts of the Internal Market (translation from Lithuanian)

Publisher

Vilnius: Teisinės informacijos centras – 583 p. ISSN 1648-4843. Co-author.

Date

2006

Title

The Protection of Consumer Rights in Lithuania and the EU

Publisher

Vilnius: Mykolas Romeris University – 495 p. ISBN 9955-19-036-1. Co-author.

In addition, Ignas Vėgėlė actively participates in various conferences as a speaker/moderator of international and national scientific conferences, such as: Freedom of movement within the European Union (Lithuanian-Polish conference, moderator, Vilnius, 2010); Higher education and research reform in terms of constitutional rights and liberties (Lithuanian Scientific Society Conference - Lithuanian Scientific Society for 20 years, 2009); Prohibition of discrimination and other restrictions in the internal market freedoms: search for the single model (International scientific conference - the European Union: through legal reforms, 2008); Theoretical aspects and problems of cooperation between the national courts and the European judicial institutions (International scientific conference - Three years of Lithuania's membership in the European Union: Experiences and Expectations, 2007).

VIII. Languages

Language

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Speaking

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a. First language:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Lithuanian

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b. Official languages:

 

   

 

 

 

 

   

– English

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– French

   

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c. Other languages:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Russian

 

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IX. In the event that you do not meet the level of language proficiency required for the post of judge in an official language [the second], please confirm your intention to follow intensive language classes of the language concerned prior to, and if need be also at the beginning of, your term of duty if elected a judge on the Court.

If I do not meet the level of language proficiency required for the post of judge, I do confirm my intention to follow intensive language classes prior to and if needed beginning of the term of duty.

X. Other relevant information

None.

XI. Please confirm that you will take up permanent residence in Strasbourg if elected a judge on the Court

Yes, I do confirm.