ICT Legal is founded by Dr. Irena Nesterova, a qualified Latvian lawyer. She has been practising law for ten years and has acquired a deep expertise in ICT law and EU law matters. She is passionate about interaction between law and technology and legal challenges caused by the rapid development of digital technologies. Legal issues related to digital environment, in particular data privacy, security and intellectual property protection, are at the core of her interests.
Irena has acquired unique in-depth expertise in EU law matters and both Latvian and European court cases. She has worked as a legal adviser at the Department of the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) at the Ministry of Justice being responsible for representing the state position at the highly important cases of the CJEU in competition law, tax, state aid, intellectual property and other EU law fields as well supervising infringement cases before the European Commission.
Prior to creating ICT Legal she has worked at Baltics law firm specialised in intellectual property law, commercial law and tax litigation cases and as a lawyer at private company providing commercial law advice in marketing communication sector.
Irena has earned Doctoral degree in law at the University of Latvia. Currently she continues to research privacy and security issues in a postdoctoral research project at the the Institute of Legal Science, University of Latvia. She continuously deepens her knowledge in ICT law, e.g., by participating in Geneva Internet Law Summer School and data protection training at the European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, Maastricht University.
She is also a Certified Data Protection Officer in Latvia and holds European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) Data Protection Professional Certificate.
Irena has supervised the courses on European Competition Law and European Human Rights Law at the University of Latvia and Riga Stradins University and she is a lecturer at the Latvian Judicial Training Center.
Irena is a member in a number of organizations in ICT field:
Irena is an author of number of publications on ICT law and EU law issues: