H.E. Mr. Egils Levits

H.E. Mr. Egils Levits

President of the Republic of Latvia

Egils Levits became the President of the Republic of Latvia on 8 July 2019. Prior to his election, Mr Levits served as judge at the European Court of Human Rights (1995 2004), and the European Court of Justice (2004 2019). Previously Mr Levits held positions of Minister of Justice, Member of Parliament and Ambassador of Latvia to Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland.

Mr Levits actively participated in the restoration of Latvia’s independence in 1989 1991. He is the principal author of the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence of Latvia of 4 May 1990 and the Preamble to the Constitution adopted in 2014.

Mr Levits is the author of numerous academic publications on state law, administrative law, human rights and democracy, with a focus on technologies during the last decade.

Upon assuming office, President Levits stated his aim for Latvia to embrace technologies in a responsible manner and to protect democracy, human rights and freedoms, as befits a modern European country. In his inauguration speech he declared that “the progress of technology must not endanger the human autonomy that has been achieved so far’’.”

PRESIDENTIAL TALK: The Future of Technology – the Future of Society