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Chancellor of Justice's closing remarks at the conference “Ombudsman’s Role in a Democracy”

Chancellor of Justice's closing remarks at the conference “Ombudsman’s Role in a Democracy” in Tallinn.

It has been a long conference, we have all done a good deal of work, so I will keep my closing remarks to a minimum. The most important thing: thank you all very much for coming and for making the conference a success! The issues we discussed over the last few days concern all of all and yet, as we saw, we often approach them differently. There is thus all the more reason to share our experiences. We did this here in Tallinn and I very much hope that we will have an occasion to do it again soon.     

Let me share one last thought with you. I have discovered in my own work that the best measure of our success is the difference we have made to those directly affected by the infringement of fundamental rights. This is perhaps obvious. But it has a flip side: if we feel that everthing is right from the legal point of view, and some very real harm is still being suffered, then the situation always merits a second look. Hearing this from a lawyer sometimes comes as a surprise to people, but it should not.

So, let me thank you once more and wish you a safe trip home.