Elīna Luīze Vītola
Foto: Laura Celmiņa, Ārlietu ministrija

On 28 May 2024, the Cabinet of Ministers granted a mandate for Elīna Luīze Vītola to represent Latvia’s interests before international human rights institutions from 3 June 2024 until 2 June 2028.

This is the first mandate for Elīna Luīze Vītola. Since 5 October 2020, she has worked as Head of Office of the Representative of Latvia before International Human Rights Institutions, while also serving as Deputy Representative of Latvia before International Human Rights Institutions since 15 February 2018.

Elīna Luīze Vītola has received higher education in law and a lawyer’s qualifications at the University of Latvia, followed by an academic Master’s degree in Public International Law and Human Rights from Riga Graduate School of Law. She has delivered lectures at Riga Graduate School of Law and the Judicial Training Centre of Latvia. Elīna Luīze Vītola is fluent in English, French and Russian.

The Representative of Latvia represents not only the interests of the Government but also those of the legislative and judiciary powers at international human rights institutions – the European Court of Human Rights and the supervisory mechanisms for the implementation of UN conventions. The Cabinet, upon the recommendations of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and endorsement of the Minister of Justice, grants the Representative a four-year mandate, which can be extended for an unlimited number of subsequent periods. The Representative’s operations are ensured by an office, which is a structural unit of the Foreign Ministry. The Representative’s work is supervised by the Foreign Minister, and the Representative submits an annual report on their work to the Cabinet.