Viewing cable 09VILNIUS120
Title: UN JUDICIAL POSITIONS: LITHUANIAN, U.S. CANDIDATES

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09VILNIUS1202009-02-27 14:02:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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SUBJECT: UN JUDICIAL POSITIONS: LITHUANIAN, U.S. CANDIDATES 
RECEIVE PRAISE 
 
REF: A. SECSTATE 16118 
     ¶B. SECSTATE 16254 
 
Classified By: DCM Damian R. Leader for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1. (C) We delivered Reftel B information to Rita Kazragiene, 
head of the MFA's United Nations and Global Policy Division 
on February 23.  She told us February 25 that the GOL would 
support the U.S. candidate for the UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) 
if the USG would commit to supporting Lithuania's candidate. 
After we told her the United States did not make such quid 
pro quo deals, she said her government could not say which 
candidates it would vote for but had a positive reaction to 
the U.S. candidate, Judge Mark Painter.  Kazragiene also said 
the GOL strongly supports the Lithuanian candidate, 
Virgilijus Valancius, and believes him to be highly qualified 
to serve on the UNAT.  She did not offer GOL views on any of 
the other candidates. 
 
¶2. (U) Research (Reftel A) into Valancius has unearthed no 
negative information.  After serving several years as a 
prosecutor, Valancius spent three years as a trial-court 
judge in Vilnius, hearing civil, criminal, administrative and 
labor cases.  He then served seven years as a judge and 
chairman of the civil division of the Court of Appeals of 
Lithuania, hearing civil, labor and administrative cases.  He 
has been a judge at the Supreme Administrative Court since 
2002, and recently finished a six-year term as chairman of 
that court.  He was President of the European Association of 
Judges in 2006-2008, has been Vice President of the 
International Association of Judges since 2006, and sits on 
the Board of Trustees of the European Law Academy, an 
appointment that expires in 2011.  He is a professor in the 
Civil Process department of the Mykolas Romeris University. 
 
¶3. (U) A leading and respected Lithuanian lawyer told us he 
had discussed Valancius with other lawyers after we sought 
his opinion.  He said Valancius is highly thought of by 
judges and lawyers, has never been suspected of corruption 
and is well-regarded for his scholarly work.  He added that 
Valancius, as head of Lithuania's Supreme Administative 
Court, encouraged judges to take a more expansive view of the 
law and to respect judicial precedent as well as the written 
law.  Such an approach, while unusual for Europe, is 
appropriate here because Lithuania is still making the 
transition from a Soviet to a democratic European legal 
system, the lawyer said.  He said Valancius was regarded as 
an expert on EU law, particularly on procedural issues. 
CLOUD