The collection of articles by Vice-president of the Constitutional Court Sanita Osipova “Nation, Language, Rule-of-Law State: Towards Tomorrow.” launched
On Friday, 17 July, at the Constitutional Court, in the presence of the author – Vice-president of the Constitutional Court Prof., Dr.iur. Sanita Osipova, President of Latvia Egils Levits, President of the Constitutional Court and the author of the foreword Prof., Ph.D. Ineta Ziemele, author of the foreword Prof., Dr.hist. Guntis Zemītis, representatives of the publisher “Courthouse Agency” and a narrow circle of interested parties, a collection of articles, dedicated to the historical path of establishing the statehood of Latvia and its founding values, “Nation, Language, Rule-of-Law State: Towards Tomorrow.” was launched.
At the opening of the event, Sanita Osipova spoke about the creation of the book, highlighting the contribution by Lolita Peka and her colleagues from “Courthouse Agency”, thanks to whom the book-launch celebration could be held so soon. She also thanked the authors of the forewords to the book Prof., Ph. D. Ineta Ziemele and Prof., Dr.hist. Guntis Zemītis for the time and effort they had dedicated to the creation of the volume, preparing their opinions on the collection from the perspectives of different disciplines, i.e., the public law and the history of Latvia.
President of the Constitutional Court Ineta Ziemele thanked the author of the book for collecting the work spanning more than a decade in one collection of articles, thus, summarising also a small part of our modern history. This contribution to the research of the State of Latvia will be useful not only to the representatives of the legal science but also scholars working on other scientific disciplines.
Dr.hist. Guntis Zemītis underscored that this book explained values that characterised our society and its development. Therefore, although this book is a collection of separate articles and speeches on the Latvian State and the history of its law, it is a uniform work that will be of interest to all readers eager to know how our society evolved.
President of Latvia Egils Levits noted that “In her book, Sanita Osipova speaks about the nation as the foundation of the State. Language, nation, values-based State – this is the chain that has shaped our present. It is important to be aware of it to deliver better, clearer rulings of judges. The judgements of the Constitutional Court have both explanatory and pedagogical effect – for the society to understand why the particular judgement has been delivered and what its links to the values are”.
In conclusion, Sanita Osipova read a fragment from her speech at the conference of 8 November 2019 “World without Walls”, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
About the book “Nation, Language, Rule-of-Law State: Towards Tomorrow.”
The book is a collection of scientific articles, presentations and speeches by Vice-president of the Constitutional Court Prof., Dr.iur. Sanita Osipova, grouped in four chapters: nation, language, rule-of-law state, the vision of the future in the context of today.
This is the first collection of scientific articles in the contemporary legal science of Latvia that presents one scholar’s analysis of the values, on which the statehood of Latvia is based, viewing them in the framework of the history of law.