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CertificateIntensive Programme in Law and Economics


This programme is a new modular version of the Advanced Programme that is funded by the government of Latvia together with the governments of Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and United States of America.

It is offered with a special focus on the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries, Central Asia and Western Balkans. The specific beneficiary countries covered are set for each programme period by an agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the other donors, and the list of eligible countries will be posted on the web site of Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL).

The objective is to provide training that is useful with regard to the relations between on the one hand the international community and the European Union, and on the other hand the ENP countries, Central Asia and Western Balkans. It is also the intention to provide a knowledge transfer that is based on the experience of Latvia and the other donors in their international relations.

During more than 20 years, Latvia has accumulated a huge and unique experience and expertise in the field of European integration that can be valuable for countries wishing to expand their international relations.

The programme will offer an excellent opportunity for the representatives of the various countries to learn from the experience of Latvia and the other donors. This programme will offer practical support to the efforts of the ENP countries, Central Asia and Western Balkans to engage in international relations, including relations with the European Union.

Riga Graduate School of Law will provide programme supervision in cooperation with the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with consultation of the international donors.

Programme participants will benefit from additional support from partners that include the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, University of Latvia and European Institute for Public Administration.

Programme structure

The programme comprises the following elements:

• Training for public officials, as well as representatives of civil society and academia, from the eligible countries
• Focus on the understanding of the legal, economic and political aspects of international relations, using an interdisciplinary approach that is based on both teaching and practical experience
• Awarding a special Certificate, beyond the scope of individual training courses, and allowing for later possible conversion, at the personal expense of the students, toward a full Masters degree

The course subjects have been selected so as to ensure both the diversity and integrity of the interdisciplinary approach adopted, that has a focus on Law and Economics, with a consideration also of policy issues.

The programme seeks to identify fundamental principles and values in each of the fields included, so as to contribute to the common understanding of such principles and values, in addition to the more technical skills related to international negotiations, institutional cooperation and organisational structures, including the European Union.

The programme is composed of 3 main modules, which each comprise 6 continuous weeks of full time studies. Participants may decide to complete one or more modules, and a graduation certificate will be issued for each module.

For participants joining the programme for the first time, an introductory one-week module is mandatory prior to the main module. Participants may also choose an elective English language support during the main modules.

Each main module has a total of 30 teaching days, which are allocated to 3 interdisciplinary courses. The course topics are addressed from the combined perspectives of law, economics and policy, including a study visit abroad.

Each course has teaching for 6 hours per day, including seminars, study visits, special events and class preparation. The weekly workload is estimated at 30 hours, and each course corresponds to 3 ECTS credits.

The study visits include experience sharing with institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Finance, Cabinet of Ministers, Parliament, Constitutional Court, Supreme Court and Ombudsman. The study visit this year includes the international institutions of Frankfurt and Vienna.

English language support is offered as an elective with 4 hours per week throughout most of the programme. After each course, participants are requested to provide feedback on the teaching, as well as the organisation of events, which is used for the continuous development of the programme.

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Application start
Feb 6, 2018
Application deadline
Mar 13, 2018 23:59 (GMT)

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States