Ex-president Levits appointed Latvia's representative in international law matters

Former President of Latvia Egils Levits has been appointed special representative of Latvia in matters of international law and national responsibility, according to information in the official publication Latvijas Vēstnesis on August 16.

Levits was appointed by President Edgars Rinkēvičs for the term of office of Rinkēvičs.

President advisor in communications Mārtiņš Drēģeris told LETA that since the first days of the war Latvia has been firmly committed to the need to hold Russia responsible for violations of international law and serious international crimes committed against Ukraine and in Ukraine.

Therefore, Latvia strongly supports the strengthening and development of the national responsibility mechanism in international law, in particular the establishment of an “ad hoc” international tribunal for the adjudication of an aggression crime against Ukraine, which would fill a gap in the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

Latvia should be closely involved in the process of developing international law in order to help strengthen the international order based on rules and restore international justice, notes Drēģeris.

The task of the special representative is to strengthen Latvia's representation and presence in various formats, including informal ones, in consultation with the President of Latvia, in which the development of international law in the above-mentioned matters is discussed and evaluated.

Levits is to carry out these tasks without pay.

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