He is The Chairman of the Board of the Business Software Alliance and Member of the Club of Madrid.

He is widely known as one of the activists of the National Awakening movement (“The Singing Revolution”) in Latvia. He is co-author of the May 4, 1990 Declaration of Independence. 

Since 1990, he has been a deputy of the Latvian Parliament, where he has served as Deputy Chairman of the Judicial Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Parliament. He is a founding member of the liberal-conservative political party  Latvian Way and has been chairman of the party from the day it was founded (elected almost unanimously 4 times) as well as vice-president and member of the executive committee of the Liberal International (since 1997).  He was the first Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia (after renewal of the Constitution) (1993-1994) and has served as Foreign Minister and Minister of Justice in 7 governments.

Dr. V. Birkavs has always attached great importance to cooperation between the Baltic States and the Baltic Sea States.  His efforts have led to the signing of the Baltic States’ Free Trade Agreement and to creation of a Baltic Council of  Ministers Secretariat.

He studied studied law, philosophy, sociology, psychology and mathematical logic at the University of Latvia.