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2012-11-16 00:00:42

Judge/Law Prof. Valančius Re-elected IAJ Vice-President

valancius Nov. 15th, online news website DELFI.lt, reported that Law Faculty Prof. and Lithuania's Supreme Administrative Court Justice Virgilijus Valančius was re-elected Vice-President of the International Association of Judges (IAJ) during a meeting in Washington, D.C.

About 300 judges from all corners of the globe attended IAJ's annual meeting which was held Nov. 10th-15th.

The candidacy of Prof. Valančius was presented by judges' organizations from Belgium and Spain.

Valančius received 49 votes beating candidates from Holland (18 votes) and Sweden (16 votes).

The IAJ 2012 annual meeting focused on intellectual property rights and was co-hosted with the Federal Judges Association (FJA), and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA).

IAJ is composed of 74 national associations from five continents. It was founded in Salzburg, Austria, in 1953 with the goals of safeguarding the independence of the judiciary and strengthening the rule of law around the world.

Prof. Valančius is a Justice of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania and a professor of Law in MRU's Department of Civil Procedure.