An international conference “Administrative Courts as Guardians of Human Rights” organized by the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania took place in Vilnius on 14th October. Judges and scholars from Lithuania, France, Poland and Germany shared their insights and discussed case-law on human rights protection, thus marking the 15th anniversary of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania.
Welcoming the guests of the international conference, the Acting President of the Supreme Administrative Court was glad that the Court marks its 15 year anniversary with its head held high. Throughout this period the Supreme Administrative Court has done important work and has contributed significantly to development of the country’s legal system by constantly protecting rights of every person, building trust in the system of administrative courts, developing consistent case-law, and constantly cooperating and sharing good practice with other countries.
„The most important purpose of administrative courts is to strengthen judicial guarantees for the protection of human rights and freedoms. The administrative courts’ system generally and the Supreme Administrative Court is understood as one of the guarantees of existence of the democratic society, the content of which undoubtedly encompasses also human rights protection” – said Irmantas Jarukaitis in his welcoming speech. The Court was congratulated with the anniversary and the conference participants were welcomed by the Deputy Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs of Seimas Stasys Šedbaras, the Deputy Minister for Justice Giedrius Mozūraitis and the Chair of the Judicial Council Egidijus Laužikas.
President of the Supreme Administrative Court of Poland Marek Zirk-Sadowski started the conference by giving a presentation on the institutional relations between administrative courts, common courts and the Supreme Court in the context of case-law concerning the right to public information. Judge of the General Court of the European Union Virgilijus Valančius presented development of cooperation between courts of the European Union and national courts – starting from the situation 15 years ago until now. Conseiller d'État from the the Conseil d'État of France Marc El Nouchi presented a report on recent case-law of the Conseil d‘État relating to the protection of fundamental rights. At the end of the first part of the conference Judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania Dalia Višinskienė presented a report „Dynamics of the Protection of Human Rights in Lithuania: National Judge’s Viewpoint“.
On the second part of the conference Judge of the Federal Administrative Court of Germany Carsten Günther discussed judicial protection of refugee rights in the Dublin system. The topic of judicial protection of refugee rights was later continued by the dean of Mykolas Romeris University Faculty of Law Lyra Jakulevičienė who presented a report on protection of human rights in return cases.
The third part of the conference was started by the Director of the Law Institute of Lithuania Jurgita Paužaitė-Kulvinskienė, who has shared her insights in a report “Audi Alteram Partem in Administrative Jurisprudence: National and Supranational Viewpoint”. Judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania Dainius Raižys presented a report on ensuring the privilege against self-incrimination in tax administration procedures. The international conference was ended by Associated Professor at Vytautas Magnus University Faculty of Law Linas Meškys who gave a presentation on application of the principle of high level of environmental protection in the case-law of Lithuanian administrative courts and EU Courts.
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