Māris Burbergs is a PhD Research Fellow. He studied law in Latvia, and human rights for his master’s degree in Italy and Luxembourg before moving to Belgium to pursue his PhD studies at the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University.

Before joining the Human Rights Centre as a PhD Researcher in 2009, Māris worked as a lector in several universities in Latvia (2008 – 2009), where he taught human rights, and as a legal adviser at the Office of the Ombudsman of Latvia (2009).

His PhD research focuses on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. More specifically, on the legal argumentation given by the Convention organs when determining the scope of Article 8 rights. His PhD research is part of a bigger project carried out at the Human Rights Centre by several researchers – “Strengthening the European Court of Human Rights: More Accountability through Better Legal Reasoning”.



POSITION PhD Research Fellow

EMAIL Maris.Burbergs[@]

TELEPHONE +371 25 66 80 33 (Cell phone)

FAX +32 (0)9 264 69 85

SECRETARIAT +32 (0)9 264 69 11

POSTAL ADDRESS Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium


  • PhD Researcher, Ghent University, Human Rights Centre (2009 – 2014)
  • Legal Adviser, Office of the Ombudsman of Latvia (2009)
  • Lecturer, Riga Stradins University, Latvia (2008 – 2009)
  • Lecturer, University of Latvia (2008)


University degrees

  • Doctor in Law, Ghent University, Belgium, 2009 – ongoing
  • E.MA, EUIC, Italy, 2007
  • Master in Law, University of Latvia, 2006

Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken

  • Legal Research Network summer school ‘Legal Argumentation and legal Reasoning’, Lille, France, 2013


  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • Right to privacy


  • Burbergs M., ‘How the Right to Respect for Private and Family Life, Home and Correspondence Became the Nursery in Which New Rights are Born: Article 8 ECHR’, in Brems E., Gerards J. (eds.), Shaping Rights in the ECHR, The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Determining the Scope of Human Rights, Cambridge University Press, 2013, p.315-329.
  • Burbergs M., ‘Rewriting Kolanis v. the United Kingdom: the Right to Community Living’, in Brems E. (ed.), Diversity and European Human Rights, Cambridge University Press, 2012, p.382-397.
  • Brems E., Burbergs M., Peroni L., ‘Lessons for Strasbourg from Constitutional Courts?’, in Liber Amicorum Michel Melchior – Liège, Strasbourg, Bruxelles: Parcours des Droits de l’homme, Anthemis, 2010, p.737-754.
  • Burbergs M., Kucs A., ‘Latvia: Binding Force through Court Practice’, in Jaichand V., Suksi M. (eds.), 60 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Europe, Intersentia, 2009, p.343-355.


All publications by Māris Burbergs are listed in the ‘Ghent University Academic Bibliography’, MarisBurbergs@BiblioUGent.

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