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CertificateIntensive Programme in Law and Economics


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

The Intensive Programme provides training on the legal, economic and political aspects which supplement each other to provide a comprehensive understanding of the functioning of the European Union. The Programme is six weeks long and includes a week long study visit to Brussels and Luxemburg.

The initial Programme entitled instead as Advanced was altered and reduced in length, from 12 to 6 weeks in order to attract higher level officials from the eligible countries. These countries or specific regions are decided upon by the programme donors, whilst the participants are selected from respective country public administration, representatives from local academia and NGO’s.

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 the Western Balkans. It is also the intention of the Programme to provide a knowledge transfer that is based on the experience of Latvia and the other donors which is beneficial for the recipients.

The two programmes have had a large pool of sponsors since the first Advanced Programme in Autumn 2014; Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of United States, Government of Sweden, Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Government of Swiss confederation and Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg.

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.

Eligible countries are: Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Palestine, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

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.

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 1.5 ECTS credits. Participants may also choose an elective English language support during the main modules.

The study visits 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. The study visit this year includes the European and international institutions of Brussels and Luxembourg.

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Application start
Sep 4, 2018
Application deadline
Sep 18, 2018 23:59
Europe/Riga time

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States