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CertificateIntensive Programme in European Law and Economics


The Intensive Programme is developed for professionals from public administration, NGOs and academia. During six weeks, the programme provides a comprehensive training on the legal, economic and political functioning of the European Union (EU). In addition, the Programme includes a week long study visit to Brussels and Luxemburg for in-person meetings in the European Parliament, European Commission, EEAS, Court of Justice of the EU and other EU institutions.

The Intensive Programme in European Law and Economics is implemented by Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, the government of Switzerland, the Swedish Institute and the government of the Unites States of America.

The academic and professional backgrounds of the programme lecturers are varied and include extensive international experience. They represent the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the University of Latvia and the European Institute for Public Administration.

Participating countries or specific regions are decided upon by the Programme donors.

Eligible countries for the 2018 spring session are: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Palestine and Egypt.

Programme structure

The programme is composed of three sections: legal, economic and political, each including two separate courses.

The offered courses are:
1. EU Law and Integration
2. Fundamental Rights
3. Project Management for the Public Sector
4. Economic Crisis Management and the Rule of Law
5. National Policy Development and Good Governance
6. International Relations and Economic Diplomacy.

Each course has teaching for 7 hours per day, including seminars, study visits, special events and class preparation. The weekly workload is estimated at 35 hours, and each course corresponds to 1.5 ECTS credits. Participants may also choose an elective English language support during the main modules.

Depending on the study curriculum, the study visits may include experience sharing with institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Finance, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court and the Ombudsman.

Upon completion of the Programme, participants receive a special Certificate, allowing for later possible conversion, at the personal expense of the students, toward a full Masters degree.

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Application start
Feb 21, 2019
Application deadline
Mar 13, 2019 23:59
Europe/Riga time

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States