Human Dignity Conference

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CONFERENCE: “HUMAN DIGNITY: A
FUNDAMENTAL TOOL IN A DEMOCRATIC
STATE GOVERNED BY THE RULE OF LAW”

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[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Conference “Human dignity: a fundamental tool in a democratic
State governed by the rule of law” is to turn the society’s and
professionals’ attention to the concept of human dignity in many
human rights issues; for this reason the conference takes place
during the week of BalticPride 2021. The issue of LGBT rights
has made the discussion about human dignity very timely, but it
is important to highlight the fact that LGBT rights fall within the
bigger concept of human rights and it must be viewed together
with other aspects of human dignity.

During the conference, we will look at human dignity through
the lens of fundamental rights, values and philosophy of law. We
will also discuss the possible future development of the concept
of human dignity. This conference will be used to generate a set
of legal scientific and philosophical articles that will focus on
human dignity in Latvia, Europe and the world; it will provide
information and practical advice to professionals.

Entry only to the registered participants.

Entry only with valid COVID19 certificate[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Respect for human dignity is at the core of human rights. For this reason, in a democratic country, governed by the rule of law, each member of the society must respect human dignity. Human dignity must be protected when individuals interact with the State, as well as when they interact with each other.

Democracy and human dignity are closely intertwined and support each other. Respect for human dignity forms the basis of the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia; this notion is also deeply rooted within the European fundamental rights. Thus, human dignity is part of fundamental rights, which can be enjoyed by everyone, as well as a valuable constitutional tool through which several processes are realized in the country and the society. It was the Constitutional court’s rulings – Nr.2019-33-01 and Nr.2020-34-01 – that created a wide resonance in the Latvian society, since not only did they highlight the unjust confinements of human rights, that relate to families of same-sex couples living in Latvia, but they also caused anger and aggressive rhetoric in some groups of the society and among some politicians. If there is a lack of mutual tolerance, dialogue and respect towards our Constitution andeach member of our society, then fear and anxiety rises among us, and we start to feel vulnerable and disappointed in our fellow citizens and in the State.

To invest in the creation of a brave and a respectful society, the content of the conference will be specifically tailored to lawyers, human rights activists, philosophers, journalists, politicians, and others.

It is planned that high-ranking Latvian and European legal rights experts and practitioners will participate in the conference, to provide a wide, yet at the same time very precise, look at the concept of human dignity and its practical applications.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][us_iconbox icon=”fas|comment” iconpos=”left” title=”Programme” title_tag=”h2″]August 6th, 2021

WATCH ONLINE![/us_iconbox][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][vc_column][vc_column_text]HOST OF THE CONFERENCE MĀRTIŅŠ DAUGULIS – HOST OF TVNET, HEAD OF THE POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT AT THE RIGA STRADINS UNIVERSITY

10:00 – 10:05: OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE

10:05 – 10:10: OPENING SPEECH BY KASPARS ZĀLĪTIS, CO-CHAIR OF BALTIC PRIDE 2021

10:10 – 10:15: OPENING SPEECH BY EDGARS RINKĒVIČS, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF LATVIA

10:15 – 10:20: OPENING SPEECH BY EUROPEAN COMMISSION VICE PRESIDENT VERA JOUROVA (VIDEO)

10:20 – 10:25: OPENING SPEECH BY THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DUNJA MIJATOVIĆ (ANIMATION)

10:25 – 10:30: OPENING SPEECH BY JAN JAMBON, MINISTER-PRESIDENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF FLANDERS (VIDEO)

10:30 – 10:35: OPENING SPEECH BY MARC ANGEL, CO-CHAIR THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT INTERGROUP ON LGBTI RIGHTS

THE ESSENCE OF HUMAN DIGNITY

10:40 – 10:55: THE MEANING BEHIND HUMAN DIGNITY BY PROF. INETA ZIEMELE, RIGA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LAW

10:55 – 11:10: HUMAN DIGNITY: THE PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVE BY DR. PHIL. ELVĪRA ŠIMFA, LATVIAN UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

11:10 – 11:25: JURISTOCRACY RAINBOW-TESTED. THE CASE OF POLAND BY DR HAB. JAKUB URBANIK, UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR, CHAIR OF ROMAN LAW AND THE LAW OF ANTIQUITY, FACULTY OF LAW AND ADMINISTRATION, UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW

11:25 – 11:40: HUMAN DIGNITY IN PRACTICE: NOTES FROM THE FIELD OVER 25 YEARS BY NILS MUIŽNIEKS, FORMER COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS / DIRECTOR OF THE EUROPE REGIONAL OFFICE AT AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

11:40 – 12:25: COFFEE BREAK

HUMAN DIGNITY MULTIDISCIPLINARY

12:30 – 12:45: LGBTQ AND HUMAN DIGNITY BY TOMAS VYTAUTAS RASKEVIČIUS, CHAIRMAN OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE, PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

12:45 – 13:00: TRANSPARENCY AND HUMAN DIGNITY BY INESE VOIKA, DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE PARLIAMENT OF LATVIA (ATTĪSTĪBAI / PAR)

13:00 – 13:15: NATIONAL MINORITIES AND HUMAN DIGNITY BY ALEKSEJS DIMITROVS, LEGAL ADVISOR FOR THE GREENS/EFA GROUP IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

13:15 – 13:30: HUMAN DIGNITY IN BELGIUM BY PROF. KOEN LEMMENS, THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF LEUVEN (VIDEO)

13:30 – 13:45: BORIS DIETRICH, SENATOR AT THE DUTCH SENATE (VIDEO)

13:45 – 14:00: COFFEE BREAK

14:00 – 14:15: THE ROLE OF RELIGION, POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE, REGARDING DIGNITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS FOR LGBTI PEOPLE BY REVEREND DR. BRENT HAWKES, MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA, THE FOUNDER OF RAINBOW FAITH AND FREEDOM

14:15 – 14:30: THE NAZI ASSAULT ON HUMAN DIGNITY: WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW TODAY BY PROF.BENJAMIN HETT, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, HUNTER COLLEGE AND THE GRADUATE CENTER, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK

14:30 – 14:45: SUMMARY OF A CONFERENCE MG.IUR. LAURIS LIEPA, MANAGING PARTNER COBALT LEGAL / LEADING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS LAWYER

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