The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination will hold a lunch seminar on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. in 012 Bendheim Hall. Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Reintegration for the Republic of Georgia under President Mikheil Saakashvili, will be the featured speaker. Lunch will be served. To attend, RSVP to Angella Matheney.
Ekaterine Tkeshelashvili graduated from the Faculty of International Law and International Relations at Tbilisi State University in 1999 and worked as a lawyer for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Georgia, and then for IRIS Georgia, a Tbilisi office of the University of Maryland’s Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector. From October 9, 1997 until September 10, 1999, she was the Chief Specialist at the Centre for Foreign Policy Research and Analysis in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. From June 1 to November 1, 2001, Tkeshelashvili was a lawyer at Lawyers' Committee of Human Rights in New York, and from December 2002 until May 2003, interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, Netherlands.
Tkeshelashvili was appointed to her first government post as Deputy Minister of Justice of Georgia on February 1, 2004. She was then appointed Deputy Minister of Interior on September 1, 2005 and then became a Chairperson of the Tbilisi Court of Appeals from May 1, 2006 to August 1, 2007. She served as Minister of Justice of Georgia from August 2007 to January 2008, and as Prosecutor General of Georgia from January to May 2008. On May 5, 2008 she was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post she held until December 5, 2008. Following this appointment, she was appointed to head the National Security Council. On November 20, 2010, she was appointed State Minister for Reintegration.