Eva Gotsiridze

Education and academic and other qualifications:

  • Diploma with first class honors, School of Law, Tbilisi State University (1987);
  • Academic degree – Candidate of Science (Constitutional Law, Administrative Law); thesis: “Impeachment in the United States (Constitutional Dilemmas)” (1998);
  • Academic degree – Doctor of International Law, “Magna Cum Laude” distinction, Tbilisi State University;  thesis:  “Freedom  of  Expression  in  the  Context  of  Fair  Balance  of  Conflicting Values” (according to the European Convention on Human Rights and Strasbourg Court Jurisprudence) (2006);
  • Real member of the Abkhazian National Academy of Sciences; (2016); 
  • Defense Lawyer License through the Professional Bar examination (Criminal law), result: 98 points out of 100. (2010);
  • Management Courses of TACIS (Tbilisi, 1996);
  • Scientific internship in the Wayne State University (Michigan, USA, jun.1996- Feb.1997);
  • Special linguistic training course at the Wayne State University (Michigan, USA, jun.1996- Feb.1997);
  • International certificates of OSCE, TACIC, ABA, ERA , “The National Centre of State Courts”(USA).

Relevant professional activities:

  • Member of the Constitutional Court of Georgia (2017 ongoing);
  • Member of the High Council of Justice of Georgia  (elected by Parliament of Georgia to fill the  sit allotted to academia circles) (Jun. 2013 -2017);
  • Defense  lawyer  on  the  cases  involving  ECHR  proceedings, “Legal Bureau of Zaqaria Kutsnashvili” (Oct. 2008 – Jun.2013); 
  • Contractor of the European Court of Human Rights; HRTF translations  project (Jul. 2007- Oct.2013); 
  • Member of Georgian Bar Association (Aug. 2010 - Jun. 2013); 
  • Adviser to the Supreme Court of Georgia in the European Human Rights Law; (Sept.2005 –Sept. 2008);
  • Director of the Human Rights Centre of the Supreme Court of Georgia (Apr.2000- Sept.2005); Member of the Council of Justice of Georgia (elected by the Plenary of the Supreme Court of Georgia) (Sep. 1997- Sept. 2000);
  • Head of the Department for Unification of Judicial Practice, the Supreme Court of Georgia (Feb.1996 - Mar.1997);
  • Secretary  of  the  Scientific-advisory  Board  of  the  Supreme  Court  of  Georgia  (Oct.1992- Mar.1997);
  • Coordinator of International Relations of the Supreme Court of Georgia (Apr.1994 - Feb.1996);
  • Senior Adviser to the Supreme Court of Georgia (in criminal and administrative law matters) (Dec.1992 - Feb.1996).
  • Adviser to the Supreme Court of Georgia (in  criminal  and  administrative  law  matters) (Nov.1987 - Feb.1996);

Trainings:

  • International Conference  - “Stronger Judiciary in Eastern Europe”, Bucharest (Jun. 2015);
  • Educational Program at the Spanish General Council for the Judiciary, (Madrid) (Sept. 2015);
  • Study visit at the  Dresden Supreme Circuit Court, Dresden (Nov.2014);
  • Legal training at the California Commission on Judicial Performance”, San-Francisco (Apr.
  • 2013);
  • Judicial training program organized by Avoués National Chambre of the Courts of Appeal of
  • France, French system of Justice,  Paris (Sept. 1999);
  • World Bank training program on Judicial self-management, New Jersey, Virginia USA (May,
  • 1998);
  • ABA Judicial training program in Washington DC‚ Chicago, New-York (Dec. 1997);
  • The International Judicial Conference of the  Constitutional and Supreme Courts, Washington
  • DC ( Oct.1996);
  • ABA Judicial training program in Pasadena, USA (Oct. 1996);
  • OSCE program “In Promoting an Independent Judiciary” Warsaw, Poland (Jun.1995);

Author of bills and other legal texts (a selected list):

  • Author   of the “Judicial Reform Strategy”, part: “independence and  Impartiality of the Judiciary (2016);
  • Co-author  of  the  2015  National  Plan  for  the  Implementation  of  Association  Agreement between Georgia and European Union; part: “Judicial  Reform Strategy and Action Plan” (2015);
  • Statute “On Criteria and Procedure for Judicial Career”, Tbilisi (2015);
  • Regulations  “On Enlarged Sessions in the High Council of Justice of Georgia” (2014);
  • Regulations “On Consultative Board of the High Council of Justice of Georgia” (2014);
  • Statute “On Procedure and Criteria for Judicial Selection and Appointment” (2013);
  • The Law “On Judicial Disciplinary Responsibility and Disciplinary Proceedings of Georgia” (1999);
  • The official texts of “The Oath of Judges of Georgia” (1998);
  • Provision “On Judicial Disciplinary Responsibility and Disciplinary Proceedings of Georgia” (1998);
  • The Plan of Strategical Development of Judicial Reform: “The Judiciary, Mission;   Vision, Values, Goals” (prepared for World Bank) (1998);
  • “The Code of Judicial Ethics of Georgia” (1998);
  • Author of the draft Resolutions of the Plenary Supreme Court of Georgia (1992-1997):
    • “On Murder”;
    • “On Robbery”;
    • “On Violations of Right to Free Elections”;
    • “On Victim`s Rights in Criminal Proceedings”;
    • “ Suspect`s Rights”;
    • "On Right to Property”.
    • “ On Drug-related Crimes”.

Reports at various international conferences and seminars:

  • “Reforms in the Justice Sector – development strategies, Judiciary, penitentiary and Law enforcement “, EU-Georgia JFS Subcommittee - Brussels (21April,2016);
  • “Current Challenges of Judicial Independence”, Tbilisi (2016);
  • “Good Practice in the Prevention of and Fight Against Corruption” , Bucharest (2015)
  • “Grounds for Judicial Discipline and Removal ” – San-Francisco (2014);
  • “Preconditions for Perfection of Justice System in Georgia, Yerevan (2014);
  • “How  to  Achieve  Fair  Balance  between  Independence  and  Accountability  in  the Judiciary”, Tbilisi  (2013);
  • “Independence of the Judiciary - Current Challenges”, Tbilisi, (2013);
  • “International Standards and Guarantees for Judicial Independence, Tbilisi (2010)
  • “Objective and Subjective Impartiality”, Tbilisi (2008);
  • “Reasoned judgment - Criteria for evaluation” , Tbilisi (2004)
  • “Certain Aspects of Judicial Deontology and Discipline”, Tbilisi (1999);
  • “The Mission of the Judiciary and Problems of Judicial Reforms”, Tbilisi, (1998).

Description of non-judicial legal activities

  • Professor at the Saint Andrew Georgian University, Constitutional law, Fundamental Rights and freedoms, European Human Rights law, Law of the ECHR, International Instruments of Human Rights Protection (Sept. 2012 to present);
  • Member of the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Criminal Justice System Reform (Nov. 2013 to present);
  • Developing and submitting to the official bodies (Parliament, Ministry of Justice, Governmental Constitutional Commission) bills and legal opinions on different legal issues (elimination of the discrimination, reforming the  Public Prosecutor’s Office, strengthening Judicial independence guarantees, improvement of impeachment mechanism.) (2013- to present);
  • Participation in bilateral cooperation program between Georgia and Israel on modern actual legal problems (Criminal Law, Constitutional Law) organized by International Association of lawyers; study visits in Supreme court of Israel, Knesset, Bar Association; Jerusalem, Tel – Aviv, (Israel), (May, 2009);
  • Legal training at the Academy of European Law; “European Criminal Justice” (Jun.2007);
  • Scientific internship in the Wayne State University, Michigan, USA (Jun.1996- Feb.1997);
  • Member of the Governmental Commission`s drafting committee for elaboration of the first
  • Penal Code of Georgia after independence (1994-1997);
  • Co-author of a number of chapters of the draft Penal Code of Georgia (Crimes against the State; Crimes against Personal liberty, honor and dignity of a person) (1994-1997);
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the “Martlmsajulebis Matsne” (The Herald of Justice of Georgia (1995-1999);
  • Monograph: “The role of Impeachment within the Context of Checks and Balance” (1998);
  • Educational program in the Institute of Federalism Studies of Hanover (Germany, May,1998);
  • Lectures at the Wayne State University (Mi, USA) (1997),Tbilisi State University (1998) and the Saint Andrew Georgian University (Sept. 2012 to present).

Reports at various international conferences and seminars:

  • “Whether  the Constitutional  Control  Should  Cover  the  Decisions  of  the  Common Jurisdiction Courts?”, Tbilisi (2015);
  • “The Role of  Impeachment Mechanism for maintaining Public Confidence in the Government”, Tbilisi (2013);
  • “Checks and Balances System in the Georgian Constitution, Tbilisi,(2008);
  • “Causation in International Law”, Tbilisi (2005);
  • “Compatibility of the Georgian Legislation with the European Convention on Human Rights”, Tallinn (1997);
  • “The Impeachment Mechanism by the Georgian Constitution”, Detroit (1997);
  • “Freedom of Press in Georgia”, Chicago (1997);
  • “Constitutional Jurisdiction – foreign Experience and Georgian Outlook”, Tbilisi (1996);

Activities and experience in the field of human rights

  • National Trainer on Human Rights, The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Georgia,  project  “Strengthening  the  System  of  Parliamentary  Democracy  in  Georgia”, Kobuleti, Georgia (2015);
  • Developing and submitting to official bodies (Parliament, Ministry of Justice, Governmental Constitutional Commission ) bills and legal opinions on different Human Rights issues (2000 to present);
  • Contractor of the European Court of Human Rights; HRTF translations  project (Jul. 2007- Oct.2013);
  • Defense  lawyer  on  the  cases  involving  ECHR  proceedings,  “Legal  Bureau  of  Zaqaria Kutsnashvili” (Oct.2008 - Jun.2013);
  • Member of Georgian Bar Association, Defense lawyer on European Human Rights matters, (Aug.2010 - Jun. 2013);
  • Experience in the field of preparation (drawing up) of the applications to the European Court  of Human Rights (10 applications),  (2009-2013).
  • Preparation for the judges of the Common Courts conclusions and recommendations on the interpretation and application of ECHR and its Case-Law on the different issues raised before them; (2005- 2008);
  • Translation of  the  European  Convention  on Human  Rights  with the  foreword  by  former President of ECtHR Mr Luzius Wildhaber (Tbilisi, 2005);
  • Adviser to the Supreme Court of Georgia in the European Human Rights Law (2005-2008);
  • Director of the Human Rights Centre  of the Supreme Court of Georgia; guidance of the Centre’s activity (2000-2005);
  • Submission to the Grand Chamber of ECtHR of written comments on application of Art. 14 of the Convention (Discrimination); Case Nachova and Others v. Bulgaria (2005);
  • Participation in the round table of  the ECtHR on the  general principles and methods of translation of the ECHR (Strasbourg, 2005);
  • Participation in Establishment and Organization of Human Rights Centre at the Supreme Court of Georgia to study, analyses, generalize and disseminate experience of ECtHR and other international courts (1998);

Reports at the International and national conferences (a selected list):

  • “The 16th Protocol to the ECHR: Doubts and Challenges”, Tbilisi (2015);
  • “Burden of Proof in Defamation Cases”, Tbilisi, (2015).
  • “Freedom of Media – Historical Background”,  Tbilisi ( 2015).
  • “Admissibility Criteria” – Application of the Convention, Tbilisi, (2014)
  • “Euthanasia and Right to Life of Unborn Child”, Tbilisi, 2014;
  • “The Right to fair Trial – Strasbourg Court Jurisprudence”, Tbilisi, (2014).
  • “Freedom of Expression – Obligations and Responsibility of Journalists, Tbilisi (2014);
  • “Effective Remedy – Art.13 of The ECHR”, Tbilisi, 2010;
  • “Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment”, Tbilisi, (2009);
  • “States’  Positive  Obligations  in  Protecting  the  Right  to  Life  of  Prisoners”,  Tbilisi, (2008);
  • Formula -“Offend, Shock or Disturb “ , Art.10 of The Convention”, Tbilisi, (2007).
  • “Right to Life  According to the European Convention  on Human  Rights  and  the Jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court“ (Tbilisi, 2006);
  • “Right to Life, Positive and Negative Obligations”, (Supreme Court of Georgia, 2006);
  • “ Protection of Human Rights, European Standards”, Tbilisi, (2002).

Pedagogical activity

  • Lectures at the Saint Andrew Georgian University; courses: Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, European Human Rights law, Law of the ECHR, Internationa Instruments of Human Rights Protection, Constitutional Law; (Sept.2012 to present);
  • Guidance of different scientific works for a doctor’s degree in the field of human Rights (Discrimination, Right to Life,  Balance between the Private and Public interests (Art.8-11 of the ECHR). (2006 to present).
  • Teacher at the High School of Justice, International Conventions in the fields of Human Rights, European Human Rights Law;  (2015);

Publications and other works:

Books:

  • Our Constitution, Comments, Fundamental Rights and Freedoms, (Tbilisi, 2015).
  • “Impeachment in the United States : the Constitutional Dilemmas; (Tbilisi, 2013);
  • “Commentaries to the Constitution of Georgia, ch.2” , Constcentre, GIZ, (2013);
  • “Right  to  Life  According  to  the  European  Convention  on  Human  Rights  and  the Jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court“ (Tbilisi, 2006);
  • “Causation in the European Human Rights Law” (Tbilisi, 2006);
  • Freedom of Expression  within the Context of Fair Balance of Conflicting Values” (Tbilisi, 2006);
  • “Freedom of Expression in the Constitutional Law of USA and Canada and in the Law of the European Convention (Comparative Analysis)” (Tbilisi, 2004);

Articles (over 100 other works, including):

  1. “Unjustified interference”, j.” Justice and the Law”; 2017  
  2. “Case of “Sunday Times””, j. Works of The Georgian University;  2017 , #7;  
  3. “How and why The Georgian Constitutional model of Empeachment should be Changed J.” Justice and the Law”; Tbilisi, 2017;
  4. The 16th Protocol of ECHR – Developing of the Principle of Subsidiarity or Unjustified Intervention?” J.” Justice and the Law”; Tbilisi, 2015;
  5. “Jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court Should Be Extended Reasonably”, J. “Justice and Law”; Tbilisi, 2015;
  6. “Three-fold Jurisdiction and the Protection of Fundamental Rights in Europe”. “Theory and Practice of Contemporary International Law”. Essays in Honor of Professor Levan Alexidze on the 80th Birthday Anniversary, 2008;
  7. “To be or not to be” – Human Rights Dimensions (Approaching the Euthanasia Dillema); Liber Amicorum Pranas Kuris; Mykolo Romenio Universitetas, 2008;
  8. "Causation: Reflection in the Mirror of the European Convention on Human Rights”, liber amicorum Luzius Wildhaber (Collection of Essays), Engel Verlag (Kehl) 2007. Co.author - M. Ugrekhelidze;
  9. “Life before and After Birth: Within Context of the Approach by the European Court of Human Rights”, J. “Prava Chelaveka” (“Human Rights”) N1(10), January 2007. Moscow;
  10. “Expression, that is not protected by the Art. 10 of the Convention, Collection “European Human  Rights standards and their influence on the Georgian legislation and Practice”, Tbilisi,2006;
  11. “The Doctrine of “Margin of Appreciation” According to the Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights”, J. “Adamiani da Konstitutsia” (“A Human Being and the Constitution”), Tbilisi, 2006, N4;
  12. “Zur Beweislast bei Verleumdung im georgischen Zivilprozess”, J. Osteuropa Reghts, N34\2005. BWV. Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag;
  13. “Protection of Human Rights: Balance of Interests and Proportionality of the Measures”; Review  of  the  book:  Protecting  Human  Rights:  The  European  Perspective,  Studies  in Memory of Rolv Ryssdal, J. “Samartaly” (“Law”), Tbilisi, 2001, N12;
  14. “Whether “Due Process of Law” is Applicable to Impeachment”. J. “Adamiani da Konstitutsia” (“A Human being and the Constitution”), 1997. N2. Tbilisi.

Translations: 

Legal documents:

  • Translation of Recommendations no R (94)12 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on “Independence, Efficiency and Role of Judges” (2001);
  • Translation of “European Charter on the Statute for Judges” with the foreword of the former President of the European Court of Human Rights Mr Luzius Wildhaber (2001).

Translations, compilations and Publications of the ECHR Case-law:

Six collections of the decisions and judgments of the European Commission of Human Rights and European Court of Human Rights, with comments:

  1. “European Court of Human Rights, Judgments of Grand Chamber” (10 cases, full translations), Tbilisi, (2016)
  2. “Freedom of Expression in the Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (50 cases) (Tbilisi, 2006).
  3. “Cumpǎnǎ and Mazǎre v. Romania”, full translation, with analysis and evaluation) (Tbilisi, 2005);
  4. “European Human Rights Law (82 cases) (Tbilisi, 2005);
  5. “European Human Rights Law (20 cases) (Tbilisi, 2002);
  6. “Review of the Case-Low of the European Court of Human Rights” (41 cases) (Tbilisi,2001).