Danutė Jočienė

President

In 1994, she graduated (cum laude) from the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University. After her studies, she immediately started working as an assistant at the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University; in 1995–1999, she studied for a doctorate at Vilnius University, defended the thesis “The Application of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Law of Foreign States and the Republic of Lithuania”. Until 2003, Danutė Jočienė was an associate professor and the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University. During her academic and scientific work, she was on internships and also read lectures at a number of foreign universities (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany), Turku Institute for Human Rights (Finland), the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), the Hague Academy of International Law (Netherlands), the Council of Europe’s Directorate General of Human Rights (Strasbourg, France), etc.). Since 2014, Danutė Jočienė has been a professor at the Institute of International and European Union Law of the Faculty of Law of Mykolas Romeris University.

In 1997–2001, Danutė Jočienė worked as an expert at the European Law Department under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

In 2003–2004, she was appointed the representative of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania at the European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations, as well as a member of the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and the Committee of Experts for the improvement of procedures for the protection of human rights (DH-PR) (as the representative from the Republic of Lithuania).

In April 2004, Danutė Jočienė was elected by the General Assembly of the Council of Europe as a judge of the European Court of Human Rights from the Republic of Lithuania and, from 2004 until 2013, she served as a judge of the European Court of Human Rights. Between 2011 and 2013, she held the position of the Vice-President of Section II of the European Court of Human Rights, acting for Rule 39 requests (interim measures) (Rules of the Court, Rule 39(2)). Currently, she is an ad hoc judge included in the list of ad hoc judges submitted by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania to the European Court of Human Rights.

Danutė Jočienė is the author of books and numerous articles on issues of human rights, of the application and implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law, and of international treaties law, which are published in Lithuanian and foreign academic publications dedicated to legal matters, she was a participant of and a speaker at many international scientific conferences, seminars, and training workshops. She is also an expert of the Council of Europe, participating in the HELP programme, the programme for strengthening access to justice in Ukraine, and other programmes of the Council of Europe, as well as an expert of various programmes of the European Union and international networks of training of judges, and an expert of the Association of European Administrative Judges.

In March 2014, Danutė Jočienė was appointed a justice of the Constitutional Court, and, on 17 June 2021, she was appointed the President of the Constitutional Court.