Viktorija Soņeca

Associate

Language

Latvian, English, Russian

Services

Country

Latvia

About me

I am an associate and a PhD student at the Faculty of Law at the University of Latvia. I specialise in European Union law, but also cover a broad range of national law, as I previously represented the interests of the Republic of Latvia at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

In addition to this, my scope of practice includes various issues related to legal theory and technology.

Before I joined the firm, I was the director of the CJEU Department at the Ministry of Justice, thereby gaining extremely valuable experience in state administration, i.e., not only by representing the Republic of Latvia at the Court of Justice of the European Union but also by representing the Ministry of Justice at the Parliament and the Cabinet of Ministers, and at inter-ministry meetings.

Professional highlights

Disputes that concern EU law and relate to the CJEU. I have represented the Republic of Latvia before the Court of Justice of the European Union in multiple cases when a Member State of the European Union has requested a prejudicial ruling and also in cases when the European Commission has brought a claim against a Member State. For example, I have represented the Republic of Latvia in C-735/19 Euromin Holdings (Cyprus)C-243/19 Ministry of Health, C-743/18  Elme Messer Metalurgs, C-18/18 Glawischnig-Piesczek, C-623/17 Privacy International, C-648/17 BTA Baltic Insurance Company, T-293/18 Latvia/Commission and other cases. My representation involved preparing written submissions and presenting them at the Court of Justice of the European Union, and answering questions from the judges and advocates general. This experience has enabled me to understand the principles by which state administration works and also to find solutions for the most diverse situations to which customers happen to be exposed.

Advice on compliance of national regulatory enactments with EU law and legislative processes. I have provided explanations and recommendations to the ministries and their subordinate institutions about the correct application of EU law and adjudications of the Court of Justice of the European Union, implementation of Directives and ensuring compliance with regulations, I have advised on drafting laws, as well as participating myself in drafting regulatory enactments. The most important thig I’ve gained from this work is comprehensive competence in principles of state administration, and a readiness to provide solutions for clients facing a broad range of situations, especially due to the fact that I have worked with interdisciplinary matters in various fields.

Issues related to lobbying and technology. My research activities have included the study “The need for regulation of lobbying in Latvia as a democratic lawful state”. Presently I am working on a study how the sovereign states are affected by technology.

 

Academic background

University of Latvia, Latvia – PhD (in progress)

Riga Graduate School of Law, Latvia (LL.M)