Sanita Osipova

President of the Constitutional Court

Sanita Osipova was born on 26 September 1968.

In 1991, Sanita Osipova graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia, and in 1998 she obtained a doctor’s degree at the same University by presenting her thesis “The Rights of the Luebeck City and Influence thereof on the Cities of Hanseatic League”.

From 1991 to 2001, Sanita Osipova worked at the Department of Theory of Law and Political Sciences of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia as an assistant and a lecturer up to 1998, and later as an associate professor. From 1998 to 1999, she also administered the work of the Department of Law at the School of Business Administration “Turība”. From 1999 to 2001, she was the Dean and an associate professor of the Faculty of Law of the School of Business Administration “Turība”. From 2001 up to her appointment as a Judge of the Constitutional Court, Sanita Osipova was the Head of the Department of Theory and History of Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia. In 2006, Sanita Osipova was elected a professor of the University of Latvia.

Sanita Osipova carries out extensive scientific research. She presents reports on results of her research at international scientific conferences and writes textbooks and academic papers. As a visiting academic and a visiting professor, she worked at the Wilhelm Westphal University in Muenster.

Sanita Osipova is the author of more than 100 publications on issues of sociology of law (such as the efficiency of law and legal culture), history of law, constitutional law and lawyer’s ethics. Likewise, she has led different projects of law studies, as well as scientific, academic and professional committees, and acted as an invited expert.

Sanita Osipova is a founder and an assembly member of Kārlis Dišlers Foundation. The Foundation aims to promote the development of national state law studies, to engage students of state law and facilitate the strengthening of the values of a democratic rule-of-law state in society.

In 2017, she became a member of the European Society for Comparative Legal History (ESCLH).

In June 2011, Sanita Osipova was approved as the Judge of  the Constitutional Court. She entered into office on 17 August of that year.

On 16 May 2017, Sanita Osipova was elected Vice President of the Constitutional Court. Re-elected as Vice President on 6 May 2020.

On 14 October 2020, Sanita Osipova was elected President of the Constitutional Court.

Her term of office expired on 11 February 2022.


The Certificate of Merit of the Rector of the University of Latvia awarded on 26 September 2008.

The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia Justice System 3rd Degree Badge of Honour awarded on 18 March 2010.

The Letter of Commendation of the Minister for Justice of the Republic of Latvia for the contribution to the establishment of the judicial system and judicial policy awarded on 4 January 2014.

The State Police “Jubilee Badge of Honour “The 100th Anniversary of the Latvian State Police”” awarded on 13 November Certificate No 800.

The title European of the Year 2020 in Latvia awarded on 28 December 2020.

The Latvian Academy of Sciences Arveds Švābe prize in history of Latvia for the collection of articles “Nācija, valoda, tiesiska valsts: ceļā uz rītdienu” [Nation, Language, Rule-of-Law State: Towards Tomorrow] awarded on 19 January 2021.

On April 4, 2022, she was awarded the Order of the Three Stars, Class III.