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We invite you to an international conference!

Conference “Legal aid for children in criminal proceedings: child friendly legal aid at focus

11th February 2021

 

We are very pleased to invite you to attend the international conference “Legal aid for children in criminal proceedings: child friendly legal aid at focus”. The event will take place on 11th of February 2021 and will be held remotely through an interactive online platform provided by the Child Protection Hub for South East Europe.

The conference will emphasize the importance of providing adequate legal assistance to minors in criminal proceedings and will focus on the understanding of child-friendly legal aid. Problems arising in legal regulation and practice will be discussed.

We believe that the conference will provide a very interesting discussion forum as we have a number of prominent speakers from international organizations, academia, NGOs and practitioners. We are very happy to have on the conference program such experts as Barbel Heinkelmann (European Commission), Anna Giudice (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), prof. Ton Liefaard (Leiden University), as well as other well-known experts.

Full agenda is available here:

https://bit.ly/3t3euSv.

For more info and registration please refer to:

https://childhub.org/en/child-protection-webinars/online-conference-legal-aid-children-criminal-proceedings-child-friendly.

The participation in the conference is free, however, registration is required. If you are not yet a member of the Child Hub Platform, please create an account (free) to join the event: https://bit.ly/39r1luJ.

The conference is organized by the Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences (Lithuania), Defence for Children International-Belgium (DCI - Belgium) and the Center of Integrated Legal Services and Practices (CILSP, Albania). The conference is part of the EU co-funded project “Legal aid for children in criminal proceedings: developing and sharing best practices” (LA CHILD).

LIL invites to the events of december

 

Conference "Corruption - Behind the Scenes of Today's Shadow"

2020, December 9th

and

Presentation of Dr. Kristinos Ambrazevičiūtės study

"Application of Civil Remedies in Cases of Corruption in the Private Sector"

2020, December 14th

 

We kindly invite you to the conference "Corruption - Behind the Scenes of Today’s Shadow". International Anti-Corruption Day has been celebrated annually around the world on the 9th of December since 2004, in line with the 2003 the United Nations Convention against Corruption. This day is dedicated to highlight corruption and encourage people to prevent it. According to statistics, the opinions of the most common forms of corruption, by the heads of companies and civil servants coincide: nepotism, patronage of members of political parties and bribery. So, are the paths of corruption unknown or do all the paths lead to the same behind the scenes? These and other issues, including the causes, conditions and elimination of corruption, will be addressed in the speakers' topics.

To commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day, the conference “Corruption - Behind the Scenes of Today's Shadow” will be held on December 9th, 2020 at 13:00 via the Zoom platform. We invite you to register until December 8th by clicking this link. An invitation link to the event will be sent to the email address you provided the day before the event.

 

We also invite You not to miss Dr. Kristinos Ambrazevičiūtės study presentation "Application of Civil Remedies in Cases of Corruption in the Private Sector". The prevention of corruption in both the public and private sectors is primarily linked to measures and sanctions under public law, and in particular criminal law. Such legal regulation has determined that in Lithuania investigations into corruption and legal measures directed against it have so far been mainly the focus of experts in criminal or other areas of public law, and the investigations themselves have been limited to public law sanctions. Meanwhile, the possible application of civil remedies remained on the sidelines. This study examines the effectiveness of existing civil law norms and institutes in dealing with the consequences of acts of corruption in the private sector also identifying the main challenges facing civil redress, and finally, proposals and guidelines are provided to enable a wider and more effective use of civil remedies.

The presentation of the study “Application of Civil Remedies in Cases of Corruption in the Private Sector” will take place on December 14th, 2020 at 13:00 via the Zoom platform. We invite you to register until December 13th by clicking this link. An invitation link to the event will be sent to the email address you provided the day before the event.

Invitation to the seminar-discussion

Law Institute of Lithuania kindly invites everyone to a seminar-discussion “Towards the effective cooperation between police and other stakeholders: model for the identification, support and prevention of domestic violence” to discuss the findings of the research. The research which was funded by a grant (No. S-REP-18-5) from the Research Council of Lithuania included identification of key institutions involved in domestic violence cases, identification of their interrelationships, analysis of the existing forms and practices of cooperation.

The research and its results will be presented in a seminar-discussion by the researchers of Law Institute of Lithuania. During the roundtable representatives of police, courts, prosecutor offices, specialized assistance centers, child rights protection services and men’s crisis centers will express their views.

The seminar-discussion will take place on 13 September, 2019, White Hall of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania (Šventaragis st. 2, Vilnius, II floor). Registration will begin at 9 am.

Program of the event.

We kindly invite you to register for the seminar-discussion online. Click here to register.

Registration for the event is open until 11 September, 2019, 12 pm.

The results of the study can be accessed by downloading the online version of the Scientific Study, which is available here. The study will be distributed to the participants of the seminar-discussion at the beginning of the event.

More information via email: justinas.paliauka@teise.org

Forthcoming Training Sessions: in Vilnius and in Braga

As from January 2018, the Law Institute of Lithuania together with three other foreign partners from Italy, Hungary and Portugal have start implementing an EU-funded project “4 EU Training Sessions on Family Law Regulations for Cross-border Lawyers and Social Services” (C.L.A.S.S.4EU). The project is meant to develop and provide practice-oriented trainings for lawyers and social service staff from four participating countries and also to increase their knowledge in the area of international family law.

 

Law Institute of Lithuania has the pleasure of inviting you to join the trainings.

 

Training session no. 1 was held in Vilnius, Lithuania. The topic of the training is "Jurisdiction and Applicable Law in Cross-border Divorce and Maintenance cases".

Training Date: September 17-18, 2018

For more information please visit: http://teise.org/en/vyksta-mokymai-apie-tarptautine-seimos-teise/

 

Training session no. 2 will be held in Braga, Portugal. The topic of the training is "Parental Responsibility and International Child Abduction".

Training Date: November 26-27, 2018

Number of training participants from Lithuania: 2 (the participants have already been selected).

 

Training session no. 3 will be held in Budapest, Hungary.

Preliminary Training Date: spring 2019;

Number of participants from Lithuania: 2-3.

 

Training session no. 4 will be held in Milan, Italy.

Preliminary Training Date: 2019 spring;

Number of participants from Lithuania: 2-3.

 

Candidates who wish to participate in the training need to send their CV (in Lithuanian or English) by e-mail: justinas.paliauka@teise.org.

At the LTI anniversary, there was no shortage of greetings and discussions

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Lithuanian Institute of Law (LTI), there were both festive moments but also serious discussions about the benefits of law science the state governance.

The 25-year anniversary at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library gathered not only by the scientists of the Lithuanian Law Institute, but also by representatives of various state institutions and former employees. The former directors of the Institute, Justice Ministers, the Attorney General, the President of the Supreme Court and colleagues from other educational institutions, and other members of the law community said congratulatory words.

Commemorating the quarter of a century from the start of the Institute, the director of the Institute dr. Jurgita Paužaitė-Kulvinskienė presented the work done by the institute. Its status as a state research institute determines certain requirements - primarily to address the needs of the state and the urgent problems in individual sectors. She identified the two most important challenges facing the institute today. First, it is the socio-economic impact of research on the state, and secondly, the promotion of the quality of science and the strengthening of international competitiveness.

"The Institute's life is closely linked to the needs of the growth of the state of Lithuania, with the country's legal system maturity," J.Paužaitė-Kulvinskienė emphasized in her speech. Speaking about the second priority, the director noted the desire to use the results of the research carried out by the LTI not only in the national but also in international, primarily in the European Union.

The Director of the Institute in her speech thanked all seniors, alumni and the current young, impetuous, self-critical collective of the Institute.

During the event, a round table discussion was organized, moderated by the chairperson of the Lithuanian Journalists' Union Dainius Radzevičius, asking participants of the discussion about the future of legal science. Representatives of the Lithuanian Science Council, Prof. Mykolas Romeris University, participated in the discussion. dr Darijus Beinoravičius, Advisor to the President, Saulė Mačiukaitė - Žvinienė, Judge of the Court of Appeal of Lithuania, Vygintas Višinskis, Deputy Chairman of the Seimas Committee on Legal Affairs and Law Stasys Šedbaras, Judge of the Constitutional Court Danutė Jočienė and Professor of Vilnius University, dr. Vytautas Nekrošius. During the discussion various thoughts about the challenges faced by law science in Lithuania, as well as development guidelines for this field of science, were expressed.

Participants of the event sent a lot of congratulations and wishes to the Lithuanian Law Institute and its staff. In addition to this, the founders and directors of the Institute, including many Institute staff members were mentioned. Among them - Nijolė Mažylienė, the administrator of the institute, who has been working at the Institute since the very first day of its foundation up to present.

Participants of the event could also be acquainted with the anniversary LTI publication - a collection of reviewed scientific articles "The Quarter of the Age in Investigating and Reforming the Legal System of Lithuania". The publication had eleven articles reflecting the diversity of LTI activities in many areas: constitutional law, criminal law and criminal policy, criminal procedure law, administrative law, labour law, patent rights and even linguistics. These texts are united not only by their connection with the last quarter of the century LTI investigated by Lithuanian law, its transformations, but also that existing or former researchers of the Lithuanian Institute of Law wrote all of them. Thus, the authors of this publication are not only scholars but also practitioners, including the judges of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Lithuania.

Administrative justice – for the stability of economic and human rights

In transition countries administrative justice is given a special attention for two reasons - administrative disputes quality assurance is an important indicator for human rights also it is indicator of economic stability and economic development. From both economic and political point of view strengthening of the judiciary and administrative justice reform is one of the transition elements.

Such statements were expressed by the director of the Law Institute of Lithuanian Dr. Jurgita Paužaitė - Kulvinskienė in her report "New challenges for administrative justice in transition countries" it was read during the international scientific-practical conference "Effective Justice: Challenges and Priorities (for Administrative) Courts. The conference, together with the Lithuanian Law Institute was organized by the Lithuanian Association of Judges, Committee on Legal Affairs of Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius University Faculty of Law, Judicial Council of the Republic of Lithuania, the European Association of Administrative Judges.

J. Paužaitė - Kulvinskienė in her report identified the systemic elements that are characteristic to the administrative justice reform in transition countries. First of all, it was mentioned that in a number of transition countries when moving into a market economy relations the administrative justice reform has not always been the main focus. The development of modern democratic values ​​compatible with the Constitution, made the basic administrative law adoption to prolong up to ten years.

The researcher also noted that countries in transition have amended together the administrative procedural law and administrative justice. These two areas cannot be reformed separately and successful administrative justice reform cannot be without the individual elements of substantive administrative law development. Another very important element - in order to protect the proper functioning of the market and public interest the legal regulation should be improved. According to the researcher, one of the most pressing problems, which today is open and unresolved in many countries in this category - is the responsibility’s for the administrative liability application and application framework.

Restorative justice – the reconciliation of the victim of the crime and the offender: to be or not to be?

Law Institute of Lithuania on 25th of November 2014 in the Conference hall of the Ministry of Justice organized a scientific-practical conference "Restorative justice perspectives Lithuania”. During the conference were presented the results of the project "Restorative justice perspective in Lithuania” (MIP-016/2013) funded by the Lithuanian Research Council.

Study leader Law Institute of Lithuania senior research fellow Dr. Ilona Michailovič, whilw presenting the work carried out, noted that restorative justice is a process in which an impartial, disinterested party seeks reconciliation between the victim and the offender. In Lithuania such processes has no legal basis, even though their manifestations can be observed in criminal law when the parties are reconciled.

One of the researchers Law Institute of Lithuania senior research fellow Dr. Skirmantas Bikelis talked about the benefits of the mediation process for the parties. For the crime victim mediation is useful because it has the ability to recover damages; during the court proceedings it takes a very long time. No less important for the victim is to feel respect, to hear an apology, to reduce tension and fear. Offender mediation can provide softer legal and social consequences, to have an educational impact. Mediation is also useful for the officials - they would be able to enforce their typical functions, as well as lower the costs of the judicial process.

Vice-President of Vilnius District Court Alenas Piesliakas, in accordance to his experience as a judge, gave some examples which show that mediation would help in court proceedings to resolve a number of conflicts.

“During one trial we saw, how the victims of the accident, at the time, showed the initiative to communicate, but the offender, a young girl, just did not want to communicate. There have been cases where both parties are seeking reconciliation, but the lawyer did not try to find a solution. If you are a subject to mediation, these issues wouldn’t be just the issue of the court "- said the judge.

A.Piesliakas emphasized a number of issues that will inevitably rise after the introduction of mediation, but said that this process would be especially beneficial for juvenile crime or domestic violence cases where violence is a one-time event.