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Zane Rasnaca (LL.M)

Visiting Docent
Constitutional Law


PhD cand. (European University Institute)
LLM Cantab. (University of Cambridge)
Master’s degree in Law (University of Latvia)
Bachelor’s degree in Law (University of Latvia)

Significant Professional Experience

  • Researcher, European Trade Union Institute, from Sep 2016
  • Trainee, Court of Justice of the European Union, May 2016 to Jul 2016
  • Visiting researcher, Yale Law School, spring term 2015
  • Visiting researcher, Rutgers University, fall term 2014
  • Legal advisor, Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia, 2008-2011

Current research

  • The role of the CJEU in constructing social policy


  • “The Court of Justice of the European Union as a Self-Made Statesman” (with Prof. Loïc Azoulai) in The Companion to European Union Law and International Law (ed. Prof. Dennis Patterson), 2016
  • Conference paper: “A plea for coordinated construction of EU law? The CJEU, the lawmaking, and the area of social policy” (Doctoral workshop in EU law, EUI, 2015)
  • “Constitutional Change through Euro Crisis Law: The Report on Latvia” (part of a project coordinated by the European University Institute). 16 Jan 2014
  • Conference paper: “Is ignorance bliss? The Latvian Constitutional Court, the Eurocrisis and the separation of powers in the multilevel reality”, EUI, workshop “Constitutional Change through Eurocrisis Law”, 2014
  • Conference paper: “The role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the area of social policy: A collision of perspectives – the case study of the Viking and Laval aftermath”, Seminar “European Labour Law”, Uppsala University, 2013.

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